Atheists in America complain that having the Ten Commandments as the foundation of American law is an imposition of religion upon them. However, religion, justice and law are inseparably linked, because justice and law are always based on religion. The logic connecting these concepts is found in the dictionary definitions of each and the understanding of how societies form around common ideas.
Religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe. Everyone in the world has a belief about the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe and acts upon these beliefs every waking moment of their lives, because their beliefs are translated into decisions that direct their actions. Religion is also described as a person’s worldview, because a worldview is a person’s belief on the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe.
Worldviews, which are the common bond among families, are rendered into principles that regulate conduct. When families join together to form communities, their common beliefs also regulate their relationship to one another. Ultimately, communities join together to form countries with the same fundamental principles based on a common worldview. These common beliefs, standards of conduct, and principles are the foundation of a country’s law.
Foundational law determines how societies operate, how they are organized, and how they interact with other nations. Foundational law is not written legislation by a government, it is what people in a society or their civil administrators use to justify laws they accept, pass, or decree and it is their measuring stick for justice.
Justice is a moral judgment derived from principles, which comes from a worldview. When people in society or their civil administrators make moral judgments they are basing them on their worldview. For example, from a Christian worldview the treatment of women in Islamic nations, the plight of the poor in Hindu nations, and the confiscation of property in Atheistic nations is unjust, yet each one of these nations uphold their practices as lawful within their worldview and to criticize them is to criticize their religion. In this way law and religion are inseparably linked.
Law, by definition, is derived from principles; principles are derived from beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, which is religion. Therefore, law is derived from religion and cannot be separated from it.
The question is not, “If religion should be the foundation of law?” it is, “What religion is the foundation of law?” For example, Atheists may claim not to have any religion, but their belief is their religion and Atheism has been codified into law in every communist or socialist nation in the world. As America drifts further and further from its Christian roots, more and more Atheistic beliefs have invaded our nation and this is why we have instituted each one of the Ten Planks of Communism into our society in one form or another.
Overwhelming original source documentation supports the fact the United States is a nation founded on a Christian worldview supported by biblical law. People who are unwilling to live under Christian based laws should first go live in the nation that has completely codified their beliefs into law and determine for themselves if that system of governance is better for them before they attempt to destroy the precious gift our founders gave to us.
It is true America has not been without reproach in its conduct throughout its history, but this is in spite of Christianity and not because of it. No person or nation can uphold God’s perfect Law perfectly, but nations that aspire to do so are blessed by God, as America has been blessed, and nations that do not aspire to uphold God’s Law are ultimately destroyed by God, as history attests.
One does not need to be a follower of Christ to see the equity in the Ten Commandments or the liberty that it provides, and one does not need to travel very far to see the injustice in every other system of government in the world. Regardless of one’s religious belief, if they live in America they should respect its Christian based laws, because it is the only religion that gives them the freedom to believe what they want to believe and restrains behavior that undermines societies.