Overeating brings its penalty in dyspepsia, whether we are conscious of our fault or not. We cannot by ignorance or by vote repeal the laws of our physical system. Self-will does not secure independence any more than the stars can by combination abolish gravitation. Man cannot get rid of God?s dominion by denying its existence or by refusing submission to it.
<190101> Psalm 1:1-4 ? ?Why do the nations rage? against Jehovah? saying, Let us break their bonds asunder? He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh.? Salter, First Steps in Philosophy, 91 ? ?The fact that one is not aware of obligation no more affects its reality than ignorance of what is at the center of the earth affects the nature of what is really discoverable there. We discover obligation, and do not create it by thinking of it, any more than we create the sensible world by thinking of it.?
(g) Not local, or confined to place since no moral creature can escape from God, from his own being, or from the natural necessity that unlikeness to God should involve misery and ruin.
?The Dutch auction? was the public offer of property at a price beyond its value, followed by the lowering of the price until some one accepted it as a purchaser. There is no such local exception to the full validity of God?s demands. The moral law has even more necessary and universal sway than the law of gravitation in the physical universe. It is inwrought into the very constitution of man and of every other moral being. The man who offended the Roman Emperor found the whole empire a prison.
(h) Not changeable, or capable of modification. Since law represents the unchangeable nature of God, it is not a sliding scale of requirements which adapts itself to the ability of the subjects. God himself cannot change it without ceasing to be God.
The law, then, has a deeper foundation than that God merely ?said so.? God?s word and God?s will are revelations of his inmost being; every transgression of the law is a stab at the heart of God. Simon, Reconciliation, 141, 142 ? ?God continues to demand loyalty even after man has proved disloyal. Sin changes man, and man?s change involves a change in God. Man now regards God as a ruler and exactor and God must regard man as a defaulter and a rebel.? God?s requirement is not lessened because man is unable to meet it. This inability is itself non- conformity to law, and is no excuse for sin; see Dr. Bushnell?s sermon on ?Duty not measured by Ability.? The man with the withered hand would not have been justified in refusing to stretch it forth at Jesus? command ( <401310>Matthew 13:10-13).
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