04 – DVD 4 What Laws Are Valid Today
Video 1 – What Laws are valid today
see notes in the above video after Video 3
Video 2 – Christian or Freemason: How Freemasonary works and controls much of Australia – includes an actual Oath ceremony – and who’s who now.
Video 3 – Why The Queen Can’t Help Us
Page 10 – Tomorrow’s World | September-October 2019
Historians have often remarked that the laws of the English speaking world have been largely based on those recorded in the Bible. Recently, a viewer of one of our Tomorrow’s World Viewpoint videos, “Is Tradition Important?” challenged that assertion. He wrote, “I must disagree that The Bible is the source for ‘most of our laws.’… Any actual modern laws that define us as ‘Western’ cultures were only conceived during the Enlightenment, Protestant Reformation, etc.” Many people today would likely agree with that statement. So, what is the truth in this matter? Are the laws of our land rooted in the biblical text?
A Legacy of Biblical Precedent
Recently, I received a paper that had been prepared by a lawyer, Mr. Keith Stoner, in 1984. In it, he referenced several historical events revealing the source of most basic laws of the English-speaking world.In England, the Anglo-Saxons were united under Alfred the Great from AD 871 to 899. King Alfred included in the laws of England some of the biblical laws, a fact confirmed by Encyclopædia Britannica: “The outstanding name of the 9th century is that of King Alfred the Great. He appended to his laws a free translation of the Ten Commandments and an abridgement of the enactments of Exodus 21 to 23” (“Biblical literature,” Britannica.com). During the reign of Henry VIII (1509–1547), England’s marriage laws were refined using the Bible. Henry and his advisors decreed, “All persons may lawfully marry, but such as are prohibited by God’s law.” They cited Leviticus 18 as the authority defining prohibited marriage relationships. Also quoted in the marriage laws of the time were sections of Leviticus 20 (The Canon Law of the Henry VIII Divorce Case,” Phillip Campbell, Madonna University, June 14, 2009). The statutes Henry VIII decreed have guided our law on this matter until very recent social pressures began to force changes. Sir William Blackstone authored Commentaries on the Laws of England, the first volume appearing in 1765. This was the first text in England that set out all existing laws of the land and commented on their source. In the Introduction, pages 39–43, Blackstone makes the following assertions: Thus when the Supreme Being formed the universe, and created matter out of nothing, He impressed certain principles upon the matter, from which it can never depart … This will of [man’s] Maker is called the law of nature … This law of nature … is binding over all the earth … and no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this … The doctrines thus delivered we call revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the holy scriptures … Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these.