Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The future of our human rights: 1776 or 1984?


I have been focusing on writing about issues concerning physical and spiritual health. As important as it is to have a healthy body, soul and spirit, it is also important to have a healthy worldview concerning the origin of our rights as humans. Therefore this article is written, not to gain popularity but to provoke thought.

Human rights are basically moral rights and in order to understand what those rights are and what their future may be we have to understand where they come from and to do that let's consider the following fundamental question. Are human rights the changeable preferences of humanity or the objective, and permanent gifts from our Creator?


The origin of our human rights

Ultimately, the concept of human rights is tied to the origins of humanity itself. If humanity is just the product of a random, purposeless, and naturalistic evolutionary process then it logically follows that human rights are no more than subjective preferences to be given or taken away by the majority in power.

However, another view (as indicated in our nation's Declaration of Independence and all fifty state constitutions) is that our rights are permanently given to us by God. America's Founding Fathers were surely not all Christian but they generally held to the biblical concept of God as revealed in such New Testament passages as Acts 17:26-28 and as Creator our rights find their source in Him. Therefore a government's chief role is to protect these rights from anyone, foreign or domestic seeking to take them away.

Author Frank Turek, in a recent online article entitled Atheists Steal Rights From God said, "If God does exist, then objective moral rights exist. But those rights clearly don't include cutting up babies in the womb, same-sex marriage, and their other invented absolutes contrary to every major religion and natural law...In other words, no matter what side of the political aisle you're on, no matter how passionate you believe in certain causes or rights, without God they aren't really rights at all".

Now contrary to what some Christians and non-Christians believe, another human right we have from birth is free will, the freedom to choose our behavior. Now a person should be free to choose what they eat, smoke, drink or who they have a relationship with even if such activities are stupid or will harm them, without being jailed or fined, so long as the person is not harming another person's life or property in the process. In other words, God gave us the freedom to make stupid behavior choices (i.e. smoking, homosexuality, adultery etc)  and we should tolerate  people who have lifestyles we don't necessarily agree with, again granted that they are not physically harming us or our property. However, government doesn't have the God-given right or Constitutional authority to be promoting or favoring (through legislation) one lifestyle choice or behavior to the detriment of others, but rather it should remain neutral in such things. The government has no business being a Nanny State trying to protect us from ourselves, instead it should just should obey its constitutional mandates of providing a sound currency and protecting our God-given rights from foreign or domestic threats. God has granted us individual rights, not group rights. As humans we are created in God's image (i.e His moral and spiritual character) and our human rights are a reflection of that which is why we don't have a natural right to murder, rape, steal, treat our neighbor unjustly etc or to expect government to define our behavior choices as "natural rights" that are in reality unnatural rights  because they were not originally given to us by God. Mr. Turek also made the statement, "An atheist might say, In our country, we have a constitution that the majority approved. We have no need to appeal to God." True, you don't have to appeal to God to write laws, but you do have to appeal to God if you want to ground them in anything other than human opinion". Those holding to an atheistic worldview may know human rights exist but they cannot justify them without an absolute/supernatural moral standard.


Implications for the future

William Penn, an historic defender of liberty once said, "Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." Why? Because without God there can be no unalienable rights, only alienable privileges that the majority or dictator can remove at whim which is exactly what United Nations/New World Order globalists want. In fact the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" doesn't acknowledge the Creator but declares human rights are granted by government laws or decrees, are subject to the wishes of the "community" and cannot contradict the purposes of the UN (see Articles 8 & 29).

Any society seeking to forget where fundamental human rights come from (i.e. God) and instead rely on their government to invent "rights" for them is heading in an unhealthy direction which will have dangerous implications for the future as nightmarishly illustrated by George Orwell's famous book, 1984. As it has been said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." Sadly, Nazi Germany and Communist Russia are examples of such governments and unless we learn from this sad history we will inevitably repeat such history. Many people say, "this could never happen in America but IF we do not learn from history, it's not a question of if it will happen in America, but when.

America's Declaration of Independence in part says: "When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism [i,e, tyranny], it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security [i.e. the protection of their God-given rights]."  It is clear that our nation's forefathers were not declaring independence from God but independence from overbearing, corrupt government that was trying to distort or hinder rights given by Him. When a society willingly forgets that human rights are a permanent gift from the Creator, the people (as a whole) will not believe it is their right or duty to see that those rights are protected and preserved and thus they will be conquered and enslaved.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the late Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet communist tyranny who lived through that dark period once said, "If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." 


The bottom line is that when it comes to our fundamental rights as human beings: the future of those rights by and large depends on whether we (especially in our own country of America) remember the origin of those rights.






Sources:
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/government-big-enough-give-you-everything-you-wantquotation
http://townhall.com/columnists/frankturek/2015/02/06/atheists-steal-rights-from-god-n1953525/page/full
http://www.dailypaul.com/293706/questions-for-an-atheist-if-there-is-no-god-creator-where-do-our-rights-come-from
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1413001/posts
http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/j-matt-barber/all-50-state-constitutions-explicitly-thank-god-his-benevolence
http://www.usconstitution.net/states_god.html
http://www.ushistory.org/penn/bio.htm
http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/19851-united-nations-exploits-pseudo-human-rights-to-attack-u-s
http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
http://www.roca.org/OA/36/36h.htm

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