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As Christians we are first and foremost subject to God's commandments for us. However one of the instructions he gave us for life on this earth is that we be "subject to the governing authorities". In fact we learn that government itself, however secular and/or corrupt, is itself an institution that God places over us. Romans 13:1 (ESV) Let every ...


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If we believed that Christianity was merely a good way to live, then there might be a justification for simply adhering to a "live and let live" philosophy such as it pertains to society and social issues. But it's not; rather Christianity is the expression of God's plan of salvation for a fallen creation, and our moral code is the expression of God's ...


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I think we need to deal with 3 cases: The government's laws are consistent with God's laws, like laws against murder and stealing. This is a simple and obvious case: the Christian should obey these laws. The government's laws are debateable applications of valid moral principles. For example, I think U.S. copyright law, which gives the author's heirs ...


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I strongly believe that should the governing body within the country be corrupt and in conflict with God's Word, we should keep to our own ways. Daniel 6:12 (ASV)  12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's interdict: Hast thou not signed an interdict, that every man that shall make petition unto any god or man within ...


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This answer is not from a Biblical context, and applies equally to any sector: Are [insert group here] bound to the laws of their country? Yes. Yes they are. If they break those laws, they are accountable to the clauses of those laws. If they find those laws incorrect (as indeed laws evolve and change), then due process should be sought to question ...


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I agree with your assessment. You really answered your own question - don't do it. That's as far as the civil disobedience can go in that case - not participating yourself. Anything else (speaking out against the activity, protesting, etc) isn't civil disobedience, it's merely exercising your first amendment rights. The only way that I can see such ...


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I think this has to do with whether biblical laws should apply to non-Christians or not. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (ESV) 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. "Purge the evil person from among you." So, we should not seek to judge outsiders. Not even by ...


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Christians are obliged to oppose governments that enforce legal positivism, moral relativism and eugenic policies. The way we weigh the relative weight of laws is the following: Eternal Law Divine Law ---------- Natural Law Human Law So, if a human law contradicts with natural law, then follow natural law. Everything else should be perfectly ordered ...


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The Bible does instruct us to be subject to the ruling authorities. However, being subject does not necessarily mean obeying. If worship of God is forbidden or worship of idols is commanded, we are under obligation to disobey those laws. Daniel defied the king's edict and prayed with his windows open toward Jerusalem. Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego ...


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Richard's answer isn't really teaching for separation of church and state, but rather evidence against fighting it. It shows we are to obey the authorities, but it doesn't say the government cannot be a specific religion. Jesus never taught to keep it separated (that is recorded at least), so it cannot be taken as doctrine. At the same time, he also never ...


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I look at it from a different point-of-view. Should another religious group, perhaps animists, or we could go with a non-religious group such as vegans, push their views, if they had the majority? So, if the majority of those in power were vegans, and they passed a law banning any meat or products from animals not willingly given (so honey for example ...


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One verse that sprang immediately to my mind was 1 Peter2:16. To provide a context for the verse, I'll start with vs.13: "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will ...


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Civil disobedience isn't universally condoned or prohibited by the Bible. There's a difference between what God defines as right and just and what man defines as right and just. And in the cases where obeying God requires disobeying man then God wins. In each of your examples it's pretty easy to see that the decisions being made are based on God's rules and ...


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Interpretation of @Richard's previous answer aside I know of nothing in the New Testament that either endorses or condemns the concept of the separation of church and state. However, in Romans Paul instructs Christians to submit to the authorities that we are subject to. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no ...



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