Laws, Kinds and Origin?

It is puzzling sometimes to think about laws as there are several different kinds.  There are legal laws, scientific laws and religious laws. Each of us expresses our own philosophy depending on how we respond to laws.

When we think of legal laws initially we think of common laws that we may be required to abide by such as “No speeding”.  Legal laws come from our government. Does the government make the law or is the law already a reality and the government is only verbalizing the law?  No speeding could be called a common sense law. The law of not speeding is common sense because if you speed you may injure or kill some innocent person or you may kill yourself. Speeding is a relative concept and the laws related to speeding are man-made laws. All the legal laws are man-made laws as they were not here before man was here.  These laws forces one to make a decision to either abide by the law or break the law. If you break the law then you may have to suffer the consequences such as a fine or larger consequences such as death in an accident.

Next there are scientific laws which can also be thought of as rules. Scientific laws are discovered by scientists based on their observations and experiments. In this case the law is already in existence and the scientist is discovering it. These laws are different from man-made laws as these scientific laws have been here before man. It is interesting to note that they have been here since the beginning of the Universe. The interesting thing about these scientific laws is that they are expressed in measurements that man has created but the key is the relationships. These laws are different from the stand point that you can not break these laws.  One does have the choice of either accepting them or rejecting them.  If one rejects the laws of science, then one has to have a better explanation. Where did these laws come from? From a philosophical viewpoint if they were always here since the beginning, then  they had to be created by the same force that provided the energy for the big bang.

Lastly there are religious laws.  These laws are believed to have been passed down from God through either His son or through enlightened persons who were chosen by God to interpret the word of God. These laws such as the ten commandments are basically for man. Again these laws can be accepted or rejected by man. They are primarily rules by which a person is encouraged to live their life. They only have meaning since the evolution of man.

The question is left unanswered, where did the scientific laws come from? I suggest that the creator of the universe created the natural laws which we call scientific laws. This is the underlying philosophy that allows one to embrace God and science. This is the underlying philosophy that allows one to embrace evolution.

The comment above regarding how we respond to laws is based on our philosophy of the laws and our accepting or rejecting them expresses our interpretation of the laws and how they affect us. We have to understand that accepting or rejecting laws is a conscious decision which has consequences.  Our individual philosophy on life will help us make those decisions. We as individuals play a very important role in the power of the laws. This concept is the underlying basis of our societal ethics.


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Darwin vs. Creationists

I read an article a couple days ago about a professor at Bethel College in Indiana who has decided to leave the school to ease tension at the college.  The issue is that the college is sponsored by the Missionary Church and they take a hard line in the interpretation of the word of God specifically as it addresses the creation of Adam.  They do not agree with the idea as some Creationists do that if you believe that God created the laws of nature then in effect God has created everything.

I don’t think that the Missionary Church is wrong because the whole idea of religion is to try to interpret the word of God and live ones life accordingly.  This raises some interesting points for Creationists and one is do we need to use a more descriptive term or terms so one knows what we believe.

I have used the term creative evolutionists as a more descriptive term to imply that I believe that the laws of evolution and all the laws of nature were created by God.  This is why I have said that one can embrace science and still believe in your religion.  I may have to modify what I say because those who believe in the strict interpretation of the bible can not embrace evolution but that is their choice and right.


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God and Science – Bible Interpretation Related to Time

I have written numerous posts talking about God and Science and I feel that people may not be convinced that they can embrace science and not give up their beliefs.  I don’t propose to be a Bible teacher but rather a philosopher.  I do want to suggest to those reading the Bible that the writing was guided by God with the intention for us to understand God’s teachings with what we know.

The saying that we don’t know what we don’t know is very appropriate for the writers of the Bible.  The stories had to be with information that us humans could understand and was written at a time of the writers knowledge of our great universe.

I want to try to clear up the use of time in the Bible and the use of time in the world of science.  Two things need to be understood, first the measures that we use here on Earth have no meaning to anybody besides humans  living on the Earth.  All the measures have been created by humans. These measures are not measures from God.  Our measures are a convention for humans to understand our environment and how things relate to each other.  Second, the Bible contains stories which were written to teach ideas. The best way to communicate ideas is using things that people can relate.

The time referenced in the Bible is to provide general understanding and not as an absolute.  The time  referred in science books is also to provide understanding of material relationships but are not absolutes as the relationships are man made and not absolute.

A key point is that a day is the time that it takes for the Earth to rotate once on its axis and a year is the time that it takes the Earth to make one trip around the Sun.  Now imagine the Earth not being in existence, what value do these measures of a day and year have? None.

Should this change what we believe? No. The teachings of the Bible are for communication of ideas such as the world was created in seven days.  It teaches that there was a progression of events which is also supported by science.  It is not to be interpreted that it actually took seven human days to create.

There is no time in God’s world just goodness.


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Man Descended From a Dog

Man Descended From a Dog

Imagine if history was rewritten and Darwin had said that humans had descended from dogs.  I think the theory would have been embraced for obvious reasons.  People do not know the traits of great apes but they are familiar with the traits of dogs. Dogs are the standard for unconditional love, loyalty, patience and protection.  How could one not want to be part of all those great traits and a lineage reaching back to wild wolves.

I lost one of my best friends today, my German Shepherd named Angel who spent 13 1/2 years at my side. This thought is in memory of her.


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The Future of the Human Being

The Future of the Human Being

This is my first post in 2015 and I want to start out the year with a positive thought. In my previously posts I have emphasized that there is no such thing as race as we are all human beings. I have also discussed the fact that we as human beings are 99% similar and less than 1% different although many people like to stress the differences.

The world’s geographical locations caused any differences that we can distinguish among humans. The geographical locations not only had different temperature gradients but also different food types that grow in these different locations. What will humans resemble in say for example 4015 some 2000 years from now if we are still alive? The factors that caused any differences of living in different locations has not changed but we are now very mobile and previously we were very localized and our exposure to different foods has also increased.

The increased mobility of humans and love of each other no matter what our differences has caused more families to have a more blended look.  The beauty of this is that it emphasizes how we are all one. In 2000 years the word race may have been dropped from human language as it should have never been created in the first place.

A thought that I will leave with you is this same effect will also change what we consider a nationality.  Countries will still be defined by boundaries but that may be the only difference.  Think about it and share your thoughts.


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Human Beings Natural Enemies

Human Beings Natural Enemies

Every living creature has natural enemies and part of their longevity is dependent upon their ability to learn how to avoid these enemies.  This avoidance is partially hereditary and partially situational.  The human being is no different from any other living creation in this respect.  However most of the other living wild animals need to be concerned with other living creatures whereas human beings need to be concerned with each other.  Sometimes wild animals will attack humans but most of them have learned to stay away from humans as they will kill you.

Human beings’ number one natural enemy today is other human beings.  At this time of Thanksgiving this is a sad fact and one that needs to change or we are going to self destruct.  We need to be thankful for our fellow human beings and they need to be thankful for us.  In the animal kingdom, they are killing each other for food but with regard to human beings that is not the case as we have left behind any cannibal tendencies.  We are killing each other over ideologies which are a collection of thoughts.

During the cold war back in the 60’s the idea of peaceful coexistence was a widely expressed thought of how people with different basic beliefs can live with each other without destroying each other.  I think the reality of us all agreeing on everything is not possible but coming to an understanding of agreeing to disagree is a more realistic approach to living our everyday lives.  However with this idea is the agreement that we will not kill each other to eliminate the others philosophy as there will always be someone with a different philosophy.

The sad reality is that you have individuals or groups that are adamant about spreading their ideology in a violent way by trying to eliminate anyone who does not believe like them.  I compare this mindset to Hitler and his ideology of a supreme race.  It is ideas that injure other people who cause the idea of peaceful coexistence to be set aside because innocent people can not be left to die.

The answer to the title is “ideas” are human beings worst enemy and it is these ideas that may cause us to destroy ourselves.  The question is how do we deal with ideas that are aimed at the destruction of ourselves and loved ones and still live in harmony?  Please share your thoughts.



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What is Religion?

What is Religion?

It appears that the idea of religion is an idea made up by man.  One may say that there was divine intervention in the process where individuals were inspired by thoughts communicated by a higher power.  Writers of holy books received their information from somewhere even if it was from their own conscious effort.  Again one can make the argument that divine intervention occurred.

Some of my most recent blogs have been about religious wars which I expressed concern because it seems counter intuitive.  Now it seems a situation in our every day lives is forcing us to make decisions that we don’t really want to address.  I just want to live my life in peace and be allowed to do just that and I think most people want the same thing.  The problem arises when others want you and what you believe to be blown from the face of the Earth.

In our everyday lives we don’t usually encounter someone who is trying to kill us.  Most of our days are rather passive. Now we have to face the reality of there may be people living in our neighbor that wants to hurt us.  This does not make sense and it is difficult to consider this a religion.

This brings us back to the title of this blog, What is Religion?  One may say that it is a set of beliefs that is followed my several people which is an attempt to answer our purpose in life.  Let me ask you if you were creating a religion what ideals would it have?  This is how religion came about, it was humans thinking about where did we come from and where are we going.  The primary purpose of religion is giving meaning to life.  What do we all have in common?  We have a desire to have companionship and something we call love in our lives.  It is with this idea in mind that we should think of our common goals as humans and not necessarily try to force specific ideologies down each others throats.  This concept is called tolerance which needs to be practiced by everyone.

Can the primary purpose in life be killing each other?  This naturally leads to the question what is good and what is bad?  One might answer this with a response that the answer is relative to any situation.  I think there has to be a more concrete answer.  I think the response has to be that good is any action that helps your fellow humans and bad is any action that brings harm to your fellow humans.

Does this solve the problem?  No but the problem leads back to us humans on this Earth and we have to learn to live with each other.  The most difficult part is how do we do that, and I think the answer is that good has to prevail at all costs.  That is sad but true but the good news is the bad apples are in the minority.  I believe that most people are born to want to do good.

Thoughts and comments.


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