Socially acceptable Natural law.
by Hugh Akston
Often when we talk about something being unnatural we really mean not social accepted, and often what is not socially accepted really is natural and what is socially acceptable is unnatural.
Many people are and that is why we have this problem. Many people think that what they approve of is “Natural law”.
There are three schools of natural law theory: historical natural law, secular natural law, and divine natural law.
Historical natural law represents the system of principles that has evolved over time through the slow accretion of custom, tradition, and experience.
Secular natural law represents the system of principles derived from the physical, biological, and behavioral laws of nature as perceived by the human intellect and elaborated through reason.
Divine natural law represents the system of principles believed to have been revealed or inspired by God or some other supreme and supernatural being. These divine principles are typically reflected by authoritative religious writings such as Scripture.
Historical natural law is what most liberals use and think of; principles that have evolved over time through the slow accretion of custom, tradition, and experience. This is what gives them authority to pronounce what they want and show it as natural. Here we get into the principle of reeducation of the masses, change tradition and custom and you can change “Natural law”. Now abortion, homosexuality, gay marriages become “Natural”.
Secular natural law is what the humanists, communists, and dictators of all strips depend upon; laws of nature as perceived by the human intellect and elaborated through reason. Perception becomes the key here. Only what we perceive is natural and the “Age of Reason” takes over and becomes the controller of man. Science becomes paramount and the final abettor of society’s rules. Now we find that Global warming, animal rights, and an equality of division of resources to be “Natural laws”.
Divine natural law is what most conservatives use. Revealed or inspired by God; a superior power outside of man providing guidance and rules of acceptable behavior between men. Laws of Nature like the law of Gravity or the value of Pi. Constant rules of force that do not change do not depend on a man’s feelings or thoughts. Rules of Equality like Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (or Colossians 3:11). Or treatment of your neighbors like Matthew 22:39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (or Mark 12:31). How about fair treatment of your business partners, as in Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore [him] fourfold.
These are rules that man is held accountable to by an outside force greater that he is. Once upon a time these were the historical natural laws of a segment of the world’s society and many viewed these rules as secular natural law also.
Natural laws that change with the tide and weather, or the thoughts of man are not natural laws. No rules made by man are “Natural laws” but mans desires. True natural laws never change, and there are consequences for violating them, that a true and just Judge will administer. Natural laws are set in the foundation of the world from the beginning.
Socially acceptable natural law should be Divine natural law.
Just my thoughts for today.