The NAME OF GOD
Read pp. 124 - 127 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
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Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
"God is thus the principle of definition, of law, and of all things. He is the premise of all thinking, and the necessary presupposition for every sphere of thought. It is blasphemy therefore to attempt to "prove" God; God is the necessary presupposition of all proof. To ground any sphere of thought, life, or action, or any sphere of being, on anything other than the triune God is thus blasphemy. Education without God as its premise, law which does not presuppose God and rest on His law, a civil order which does not derive all authority from God, or a family whose foundation is not God's word, is blasphemous." (RJR)
1. Based on this paragraph, can you find areas of your life where your actions, attitudes or perspectives have been or have bordered on blasphemous?
2. Given the blatant and rampant violation of this commandment, does the expression "God will not hold him guiltless" take on additional meaning for our time?
3. 1 John 1:8-10 states, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." Relate what we've learned in studying the first 3 commandments to this verse.
4. Rushdoony has used the phrase regeneration not revolution. Why can't revolution accomplish what is required by the first 3 commandments?
5. How would you respond to a critic accusing you and reconstructionists of trying to force God's law down people's throats?
6. Is it possible to make any headway in sharing the gospel or any other aspect of the faith with people if these areas are not covered?
One of the surest ways to identify whether you understand a subject is to write a point of view paper (sometimes referred to as a position paper). This exercise helps to unearth areas of confusion, uncertainty, and/or disagreement, many times revealing that a number of unanswered questions remain. Once completed, you may submit your paper for comments.
After formulating your position(s) on the subjects covered in each lesson, a good next step is to engage in conversation (with your spouse, children, parents, friends, or co-workers) to better hone your skill in communicating the concepts you have learned and are assimilating into your own thinking. Do not be concerned about “messing up” or doing it the “wrong way” as you will do plenty of both! As with anything worth doing, practice will refine this skill, which is vital in order to fulfill the Great Commission. If you find you need some one-on-one interaction, you may submit a question or request an appointment.