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FREEDOM AND FREE-WILL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 19:19

Many hold that freedom of will also defined as freedom of choice is what makes us human beings.  It is this that makes us "Persons" and the degree to which we are denied free will or choice is the degree to which we are less human or demeaned as persons.  Is this true?  Is it Biblical?

What makes us Persons and gives us our true value as humans is the fact we image God.  We are made is His image and as such represent Him in the world.  1 Cor 11:7 a man ...is the image and glory of God ...cf James 3:9, Psalm 8

THE "IMAGE OF GOD", BONDAGE OF THE WILL and FREEDOM

“Man” (male & female) is created to be as God is- Rational, Creative, Moral and Communal.  These are  the standout characteristics of God drawn from the Genesis

A.  Rational- God created the heavens and the earth.  He created order out of chaos.  He formed the unformed and filled the empty.  Doing all this, God demonstrated great mental ability: analyzing, reasoning, problem solving, planning.

B.  Creative- God, the Creator, is artistic.  He uses imagination, shapes, forms, colors, materials, sound and motion.  We are like God when we do likewise.  He created us to be artists, loving and using shapes, materials, lights, colors as well as movement and sound.  We are to value and cultivate the arts and the works of our hands, just as God does. 

C.  Moral- God is revealed as righteous with an abhorrence of sin in later chapters of Genesis.   This, too, is the original basis for the traditional definition of the Image.  God has created all human beings with a sense of moral-oughtness.  Morality is part of the human DNA.  It is called “Natural Law” and Paul describes it in Rom 1:32 and 2:15.  Thus God can hold even non-Christian individuals and nations accountable for their moral decisions and behavior.

D. Communal- The second chapter of Genesis reveals that God is concerned with communicating with human beings, as well as human beings themselves communicating and having companionship with themselves.  He does not want Adam to be alone.  (The first thing mentioned in the Bible that is “not good”.)

A Biblical view of “Man” will keep the balance of all four attributes of the Image, of being a “Person”.  Freedom of will and choice are not mentioned.  However, they are assumed and absolutely essential to who we are.  It would be impossible to function as the Image of God apart from such freedom. (God could have created our first ancestors without any will at all.  Then they would have been automatons and not human beings.) Therefore, yes, human beings were created with "Free Will".  But it would be serious error to divorce Freedom from the Image or to champion Liberty apart from its purpose to enable us live and represent God as His Image in the world.  Sadly, this "divorce" or seeking autonomy from God is exactly what human beings do.  The Image is fractured. Human beings remain "human" and free will is still essential and possible, but in a seriously limited way.  The Free Will humans retain is no longer truly free because of "The Fall" (Genesis 3).

Humans have a serious problem with their Creator, a literal "falling  out" with Him.  Human beings universally chose not to love, serve and obey God.  They seek the Liberty to do their own thing.  Their ability to chose is in total bondage to this Bent, this Sin.  Before there can be true freedom of will, the will itself must be set free.  At the very least it must be restrained.  The latter is the primary purpose of all Government (Romans 13:4)  The former is the purpose of the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Paul writes of this bondage in Romans 7 and 8.  The primary definition of "freedom" or Liberty" in the Bible is spiritual, not social, political or economic.  Gal 5:1, 2 Peter 2:16


 

 

 

 






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Why we must keep the Electoral College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 05 November 2012 10:12

The Boston Globe recently ran a favorable review of two books about the Constitution- ridiculing those of us who believe in seeking the original meaning of the foundational  Law of our Nation.  Many media columnists lately have written against the Electoral College using the same ridicule and a lot of sarcasm.  Surveys show most Americans would like to get rid of it, which desire shall rise to a crescendo if the current Election ends with the popular vote winner losing to the Electoral college winner!  Mark Shields' column in our local paper last week has this title: "U.S. democracy stumbles at gate of Electoral College".  He calls the College "a historical mistake" and "absolutely anti-democratic".

In broad terms, I think the basic impulse behind all this writing is the Liberal concern for  a "Living" Constitution and Judicial Activism, as well as a strong advocacy for Participatory  Democracy and Freedom and Rights as defined by Progressives.   These writers see both the Constitution as interpreted by Conservatives like myself and the Electoral College (among many other subjects in the Constitution) as a danger or barrier to these Liberal Values.

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Reasons God judges Nations throughout History PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 23 April 2012 15:18

God judges the Nations.  There are now 195 independent Nations in the world.  For political reasons, this number is debatable.  What ever the tally, God judges all Nations.   Matt 20:25
By “judging” we mean He holds them accountable to His own standards and will bless or destroy them accordingly, over time.  He does this in History using natural means, as well as other Nations and people movements.  Ultimately, there will be a Judgment day upon the Second Advent of Christ who will inaugurate His own Kingdom (Nation) to replace all others.

God will oppose and destroy any and every Nation which oppresses its citizens, violating their God-given human rights as defined in His Law.

Isaiah 14:4-6,9-14,24-27;16:6

God will oppose and destroy any and every Nation which occupies or destroys
another Nation

Is 14:4,6-17;16:6;18:7;23:8-11
Jer 48; Ezk 31; Hab 2; Amos 1-2; Zech 2; Nahum; Obediah

God will oppose and destroy any and every Nation which tolerates evil behavior by itself or its citizens within its borders, especially violence

Gen 6:5-8, 11-13;8:21
Isa 13:11;26:21
Jonah 1:2,14;3:4-8
Nahum 1:2,14;3:4,19
Ezekiel 30

God will oppose and destroy any and every Nation which tolerates any City (or State) within its borders that practices evil, especially violence

In sum, God will bring down any Nation that claims to be or act like God, ordering the worship, loyalty and obedience of its People, no matter what, in all things.

God will bring down any nation that tolerates behavior that transgresses His moral Laws, whether by its citizens or itself.

All Nations are called to repent as Nineveh did under the preaching of Jonah




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Federalism Defended PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 01 March 2012 05:16

The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles or essays promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven of the essays were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October 1787 and August 1788. A compilation of these and eight others, called The Federalist; or, The New Constitution, was published in two volumes in 1788 by J. and A. McLean. The series' correct title is The Federalist; the title The Federalist Papers did not emerge until the twentieth century. 

The authors of The Federalist [Hamilton. Madison and Jay] wanted both to influence the vote in favor of ratification and to shape future interpretations of the Constitution.

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6 Ways to Interpret the US Constitution and the Bible PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:04

 

The Constitution is the supreme Law of the Land.  All our elected officials swear or affirm they will support the Constitution as the supreme Law and fulfill their duties as spelled out in it.  The problem is how they interpret that Law.  This parallels the situation with the Bible.  All Christians affirm their commitment to it as their ultimate Authority for Faith and Practice as Christians, but what they mean by that depends on how they interpret the Book.  The issues are very similar in both cases (but of course, we are not saying the Documents themselves are inspired revelation from God; but they do contain Principles in harmony with the Bible. We do not want to lose them.)

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