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The idea that a law can be 'unjust but not immoral' is entirely foreign to Christianity. Anyone who has read significantly in the Old Testament prophets (see here) realizes that injustice is something that God condemns very strongly, and the people of Israel are frequently admonished for failing to deliver justice (Isaiah 10:2, Ezekiel 22:29, Amos 2:7 and ...


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The requirement to obey government laws is based on the Book of Romans, chapter 13, where the Apostle Paul writes: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a paragraph on each of pornography and prostitution. I've emphasised a couple of passages which indicate an opinion that neither should be legalised: 2354 Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It ...


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Ezekiel 20:25 is not referring to any laws which God had decreed, but the laws which the people had made on their own. Since the people would not follow God's laws, he left them to their own laws. For instance, the NLT says "I gave them over to worthless decrees and regulations that would not lead to life." The laws he is referring to here are the ones ...


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My understanding is that the passage quoted does not forbid all oaths in general, but in specific was addressing the practice of the Scribes and Pharisees, who were invoking the name of God, or heaven in their oaths, and breaking them. I don't see myself where the Scribes or Pharisees are mentioned specifically. I'd have to study it out further, but I do ...


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According to a statement made by The Catholic Medical Association in November of 2000, gay conversion therapy is considered a corporeal work of mercy. This statement clearly points out that Catholic therapists are obligated to encourage chastity in all situations. The Church has always taught (and will always teach) that chaste behavior is required for ...


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There is no clear and final Catholic doctrine on which vices should be punished by law and which should not, but a good guidance on this subject is given by St. Thomas Aquinas: [Virtuous conduct] is not possible to one who has not a virtuous habit, as is possible to one who has.  Thus the same is not possible to a child as to a full-grown man: for ...


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Subsidiarity requires that needs be addressed at the lowest, most local possible level. But, the principle lives in conflict, in a manner, with solidarity, which demands that our concern lie with all people and the common good of all. Hence, while subsidiarity insists that matters are best handled by those closest to the people involved, solidarity insists ...


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This issue is really just a sub-set of a much larger issue. See my answer on Are Christians bound to the laws of their country? for a defense of why Christians are bound to follow the laws of their countries whether or not they agree or disagree with them. Whether or not some of the items you list would or would not fall under a biblical definition of ...


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Copyright laws are written to protect the author (or translator, artist, etc, but I'll stick to authors for my discussion). Without copyright laws, it would be easy for a very skillful author to write a wonderful book, but for some wealthy publisher to come along and take their book and publish it for their own profit. The author then goes un-recognized ...


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It's a very good question, and not one which is easy to answer. But we are all called to make use of our talents, which I think may vary from gifts. Information is not necessarily subject to copyright - only literary / dramatic / musical works, films, broadcasts and sound recordings - basically, works where the author/creator has expended skill and effort to ...


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Ok, so far most answers are in terms of whether Christians/artists should work with copyrights. They give arguments like the musician, songwriter, etc. should get money in order to do what they do. But in all this, there is one important thing missing: motivation; what motivates the musician to write music - what motivated the people to write the Bible. If ...


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No. Christians who live under the authority of a government that outlaws Christianity would not be resisting God by refusing to abandon their faith. One might imagine that the right thing to do is to obey such laws, perhaps crossing the border to go to church. This is not the case. Authority exercised against the common good is authority that has broken down ...


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So, I want to make two additional distinctions, the first is what establishment of copyright law means: Option 1: Literal establishment of copyright - An author can still agree with each and every of his sellers on limitations how they can distribute a book. Option 2: Forceful publication in public domain - It becomes illegal/impossible to limit ...


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There's no clear-cut, doctrinal, or official Roman Catholic stance on HIPAA. In general, Catholic organizations willingly comply with HIPAA. To that point, a quick search shows a lot of Catholic organizations describing their members' rights under HIPAA. More notably, if there were a doctrinal issue with a national policy like HIPAA on any grounds, that of ...


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I think most commentators have understood "terror to good conduct" a little differently than you are understanding it. The phrase is φόβος τῷ ἀγαθῷ ἔργῳ (phobos tō agathō ergō) — literally, "fear [to] the good work". This is nonsensical English, so the ESV has used "terror", which works. I think the idea they intend convey, though, is made more ...


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What a great question. The answer depends very much on what church we are talking about, where you are in the world, and what we mean by 'require'. Let's consider the slightly different question: "Can churches legally enforce the collection of taxes for themselves". The answer is strictly no. There is nowhere in the world where churches can collect taxes. ...


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What do Christians against state recognition of same-sex marriage think of the fourteenth amendment in US law? There is a principle of law called "original intent". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_intent Judges are supposed to rule based on what the intent was of those who wrote a law or amendment. If you consider that no one in the 1800s ...


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Although I think that this is ultimately more of a political question than a religious one (asking for opinion regarding the validity of a certain amendment), it might be able to be answered to a certain extent. 14th Amendment Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the ...


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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King (a Christian pastor) had to face just this sort of quandry - what do with an unjust law. In the question posed above, the unjust law would be to not worship God. In the case of the Civil Rights Era, it was to comply with laws that explicit deviated from what God told the prophets. In what in this situation that he wrote ...


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"If we interpret it as referring to all rulers at all times this statement does not seem to agree with reality." Absolutely right, it does not. And that's your first clue that the statement doesn't mean that. It means rulers in general "are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad". Talking in the general like that was perfectly normal and would have ...


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The Church has always upheld the State's right to protect its citizens, so my take on it is yes, life sentences are in accord as long as that is truly what is required to protect the people. Each specific case has to be considered individually, of course. [Edit] I've done some research in an attempt to find sources. Here is an interesting one: Catholic ...


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The book Acts tells about the disciples spreading the Gospel often in the face of opposition from various groups including government bodies. In chapter 4 of that book, Peter and John are brought before the Council and forbidden from spreading word of Jesus. Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were ...


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Copyright is ultimately a protection over ownership. Those who choose to copyright their work are saying "I want ownership over my work, I don't want anyone else to take credit for what I do". But as Christians, we are held to a higher standard (Acts 2:44). What does taking credit of our work show? I think we need to examine our hearts here. Ultimately, ...


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The Bible mentions nothing about copyright because it didn't yet exist. At a time when most people were illiterate, the concept of protecting ideas was absurd. That means to answer this question we have to find verses and try to make them apply, which gets dangerous. I will make my case for my beliefs, but to say "the Bible supports copyrights" or "the Bible ...


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Rightly or wrongly, copyright is something that someone owns. To breach that copyright is essentially to steal from them, and I'm sure you know what the Bible has to say about stealing. In terms of something more specific about copyright itself, you could look at passages like Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-31. Copyright is usually applied to ...


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Like you said yourself, the fact of the matter is if the law is just unjust but not immoral. The Bible and Christianity rarely touches on this subject. I believe that it is up to the person, but as a good Christian you are, or by at least my definition, and way of life required to be good and just. However, if it is against the law you should do what is in ...


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Great question! First let's take in the whole chapter. In chapter 20 God is speaking to Ezekiel of the story of how he chose Israel. God tells how gave them good rules, to take away the idols of the other nations from their midst and they would continually disobey. Read Exodus and see how many times they fudge up. "*We should notice this, again, about ...



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