But as for the second question (how can a person be required to obey such laws), then it is not difficult to answer. For if the proclamation of the law does not go against the natural law (which, of course, is the divine law) and the man takes on his obedience, then he thereby binds himself; commits itself, I say, to obey him, but does not bind himself to believe in him, for faith and secret thoughts of man does not obey orders, and are inspired by God naturally or supernaturally. Belief in the supernatural law is not the execution of the law, but only agreed with him, and that faith is our part not the performance of duty towards God, and the gift that God freely gives to whom he pleases, just as unbelief has not a violation of any of His law, and the deviation of all of them, except for the natural. However, what I say will be clearer if I backed it with examples and evidence of Scripture. The covenant that God gave to Abraham supernatural means was this (Genesis 17, 10.) This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee. The descendants of Abraham had this revelation, and did not exist yet, and yet, they are the covenant parties and bound to obey what Abraham will announce them as divine law, which could be caused only by their duty to obey their parents, who (if they are not subject to any other earthly power, as in this case, Abraham) have supreme authority over their children and servants. Again, when God says to Abraham: In thee shall all families of the earth: for I know that you zapoveduesh your children and to your house when you walk by the LORD, to do justice and judgment - it is clear that obedience to his family, which had no revelation, was due to her previous commitment to obey his sovereign. On Mount Sinai, Moses ascended alone to talk to God. People under the penalty of death was forbidden to approach this place, and yet, he was obliged to obey all that Moses declared to it as divine law. On what other, if not on the basis of their own submission, the children of Israel said to Moses (Exodus 20, 19.): Speak, and you are with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. These two quotes clearly show that the state citizen, not personally having a clear and indubitable testimony against the will of God, to obey such regulations as the state. For if people were given the freedom to be considered divine commandments of their dreams and fantasies, or dreams and fantasies of individuals, it is hardly two people would be found who agree with each other that is God's commandment, and the comparison effect with these imaginary commandments every man disparagingly would apply to the provisions of the state. Therefore, I conclude that in all things, not contrary to the moral, that is. E. The natural, law, all subjects are bound to obey a divine law that will be announced as such state laws. This is also suggested by the common sense of every human being. For everything that does not go against the natural law may be declared by the law on behalf of those who have the supreme power, and that is why people have no reason to be less bound by the law, since he declared God's name. And there is no place in the world where people are allowed to accept other commandments of God, except those declared as such by the state. Christian states punish apostates from the Christian religion, and all other States to punish those who set their religion prohibited. For in all that is not regulated by the state, justice, which is so natural and eternal law of God requires that every person could enjoy the same freedom.
Montreal: The Unknown City
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