Purpose Of Law Essay

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The Purpose of Law From a Christian’s Point of View What is the purpose of the law? First off, there are two different types of law, which are both important. One is the civil law, which is the law that the people of this earth have made, and is sometimes based on the other type of law. This second type is the biblical law, also known as the Mosaic Law. Part of this law is the 10 commandments. But they question is, why do we have to follow these laws? God gave us the law for a reason. He established the law to punish wrongdoers and to protect the people who are innocent and do good. In Romans 13: 4-5 it says, “For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” We will first look at the purpose of the civil law. God put rulers over us for a reason. In Article 36 of the Belgic Confession, God says that “he wants the world to be governed by laws and policies so that human lawlessness may be restrained and that everything may be conducted in good order among human beings.” This is exactly what the law is for, to promote good, to protect people’s rights and freedoms, to solve conflicts, and to make a better world. These last few reasons are from a secular point of view, but still have the truth in them. From a Christian point of view, the law is to convict people of their sin, serve as a guide for the Christian mind and conduct, to maintain order and punish wrongdoers, as well as to promote good. In the Ten Commandments, God tells us to honour our father and our mother. This commandment not only means to listen to your parents, but to all those in authority over you. The

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