“Natural Law” first came to my attention in the late 80s – early 90s thru a newsletter by a SDA layman “Bob Trefz”. Fortunately i got disassociated from him around 93 or so when he was openly advocating buying guns and running to the hills (yes, i know i should have ditched him when he talked about the black helicopters sent by the UN to spy out America – hah!). But the subject of “natural law” was dealt with in detail, and i remember wondering the first 2 or 3 times he delved into it, what has this got to do with Seventh-day Adventists preparing for the end time, but around the 4th time or so i started to catch on (i’m a slow learner), and this has stuck with me thru all these years. Just this week i told a very good friend about “natural law”, and now just today i see this article in the National Review: Natural Law in National Review
In this article, George Weigel, who i presume to be a Catholic (and whom National Review writes as “a distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center”, speaks quite persuasively in favor of natural law. It is mind-boggling to see the title of his article: “Defending Religious Freedom in Full”, while knowing full well where this mindset is leading – to the world’s last dark age where everyone who doesn’t “fit in” is exterminated.
What am i talking about?
To give a very short background: Natural Law basically arose from the Catholic church. The ablest proponent of this theory is Thomas Aquinas, who is quoted: “… all human laws were to be judged by their conformity to the natural law. An unjust law is not a law, in the full sense of the word. It retains merely the ‘appearance’ of law insofar as it is duly constituted and enforced in the same way a just law is, but is itself a ‘perversion of law.’ At this point, the natural law was not only used to pass judgment on the moral worth of various laws, but also to determine what the law said in the first place”. So according to this, all human laws are subject to some super law which is enshrined in nature itself. There are various flavors of “Natural Law”: to see a short write-up in wikipedia, try this
I think all thinking SDAs will be able to see from this where this will lead.
Let me explain it very simply: There is a theory of law saying that there are universal “natural laws” which apply to all humans in all situations. Of course God’s Word is not the source of these laws, they just somehow “exist”. Since God created the natural world, proponents of this theory try to use God as their “source”, but of course, never seem to get around to actually quoting the 10 Commandments. They use very persuasive arguements like:
1. If a tree has a dead branch, you must prune it off to make the tree healthier.
2. If you have a barrel of apples, and there is one spoiled apple in it, you must throw it out to save the other apples.
3. Nature itself teaches you what is right and wrong, so abortion and homosexuality are wrong.
See, the logic sounds impeccable, and for most everything i’ve seen, the proponents of this theory DO go by the Biblical principles. But what about in the future when a “bad apple” wishes to keep the 7th day Sabbath? When all of Satan’s angels and Satan himself appearing as Jesus and the whole world are clamoring for a Sunday Law, how will “Natural Law” help those who wish to stay true to the words of the God who wrote “Keep the 7th day Sabbath” on tables of stone with his own finger? It won’t, of course. And this is what is so dangerous about it.
One last note on this whole judicial/law thing, is that if Kagan is selected to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, there will be 6 Catholics and 3 Jews on the bench – not a Protestant in sight. Wake up SDAs, for the nite is far spent and we are not saved!