ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Friday, December 24, 2021
This is a letter to our friends –
“…The laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…”
This phrase from our Declaration of Independence is rarely “unpacked”. I believe it was well understood when it was written.
The laws of nature existed at the earth’s creation. The founders called them, “natural law”.
The laws of Nature’s God, the 10 Commandments for example, were called, “revealed law”, and are found only in the Holy Bible
according to William Blackstone (1723 – 1780), father of the Legal profession.
Natural law is discovered by observation and reason. Revealed law is learned by prayer and study. Both are from the same
infinitely wise source. There was a time when natural law seemed to say the earth was flat. Men were misinterpreting the data.
In His loving benevolence, God gave us His inspired words (The Holy Bible). The Bible is much harder to misinterpret.
while natural law incorporates everything that exists, revealed law focuses upon humanity. In truth, revealed law is only a part
of natural law. Since natural law is discovered by imperfect (i.e. human) observation and reason, and revealed law is by direct
inspiration from God, revealed law is much more authoritative. Since they are from the same source they will never be in conflict,
I find only three human organizations created and used by God in the Bible – – Family – Church – State (people groups). These are the elements of every civilization. A guy and a girl get together and make a baby. That is a family, the building block of every civilization. Every civilization has some sort of higher power. We call that relationship, “church”. We call the relationship between families and families, “state”,
It is interesting – When Christ was asked for the greatest commandment He responded, “Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment
greater than these.”
We are to love God (vertical) and love others (horizontal). Represented by the cross of Christ.
These columns are archived since 12/10/09