Continuing off of this prior “if God is Good then …” post, I’d like to try to take it in a different direction.
- If God is the source of Good, then Good, Human Action must be sourced in God
- If Actions are to be sourced in God, then Christ’s greatest commandments can define how we do that.
- If we are to Love God with Mind, Soul & Spirit (1st Great Commandment) then we are to Love doing Good.
- If we are to Love our Neighbors as ourselves (2nd Great Commandment) and we are to love doing Good, then we are to do Good to our Neighbors, much as we would do good for ourselves.
- If the Great Commandments are the source of the Ten Commandments, then doing Good means to abide by the Commandments.
- If we can turn the negative law Commandments (Do Not Do This) to Positive Law Statements (Do This) then we can determine Good Actions that reflect the Great Commandments.
- Do Not Kill = Killing is Evil. Do Good to your Neighbor, recognize the Life that God has given to him and do not take it away.
- Do Not Commit Adultery = Recognize the validity of other people’s private contracts. Do not break your marital vows or assist in someone else breaking theirs.
- Do Not Steal = Taking what is Not Yours is Evil. Do Good to your Neighbor, recognize property rights.
- Do Not Bear False Witness = Lying about your neighbor to get him into trouble is evil. To Love your neighbor means to speak truth about him to others.
- Do Not Covet, meaning Do Not be Jealous or Envious. Where Jealousy is defined as “You have what I want. I cannot get it on my own. So, I am going to take yours away from you by force” and Envy is defined as “You have what I want. I know that I can never get it. I am going to destroy what you have, so that you will not be able to enjoy it.” All this = Do be Satisfied with what you have, and if someone else has something that you understandably need, do not be jealous or envious of their property.
- If Contracts are a form of recognizing and transferring property between two people, then Contracts can be categorized under Property Rights.
- If Property Rights is a key distinction in the Positive Commandments, then Property Rights is a key in the Great Commandments
- If Property Rights is a key in the Great Commandments and Property Rights are mainly shared between people then Property Rights is a key in primarily the 2nd Great Commandment: Love your Neighbor.
- If Property Rights is a key in Loving Your Neighbor, then Property Rights are Good and Sourced in God.
- If Property Rights are Good, then recognizing Property Rights while voluntary exchanging Property is Good.
- If Property Rights are Good, then forcing an exchange is Evil and ignores Property Rights.