Consider, for a moment, gravity.
There is no escaping its clutches. Every material body, from the smallest atom to the largest galaxy is subject to this force. There is no choice. There is no freedom. There is only submission to this law.
And that is exactly what it is: a law.
Even our bodies must obey this precept, no matter how much we might like to do otherwise.
Now we all know that laws don’t come into existence by themselves. They need to be decreed by an authority with the power to do so.
And laws don’t just enforce themselves. They need to be policed.
Nor do laws impose penalties when they are transgressed. Judges do this.
In the case of gravity, it’s pretty obvious that we are talking about some impressive authority and enforcement agency. Let’s call it the Ultimate Lawmaker.
This Ultimate Lawmaker has absolute authority over the entire material world –as if this power owns it all. And all objects recognise this Ultimate Lawmaker’s law of gravity and submit to it.
There is not one skerrick, not one ounce, not one sliver of an object that can deny this power. Nor can the largest material body muster enough force to go its own way. The universe itself runs according to the whims of gravity.
That’s why we can’t know what this Ultimate Lawmaker is like as a judge just by considering gravity alone. There has never been an occasion when an object has been allowed to transgress this law. So there have been no judgments cast or penalties delivered for breaking this law.
It’s out of this world, as you might say.
It can also be reasonably surmised that this Ultimate Lawmaker knows a thing or two. For a start, it knows where every bit of matter is. And unlike human lawmaking bodies that have so often proved fallible, this Ultimate Lawmaker has done something that can only be described as ‘good’ with gravity.
Life just wouldn’t be possible without it. That’s not a bad thing.
But while it might be possible to consider gravity as a perfect law by virtue of its absolute imposition over all material objects and their absolute obedience to it, we all know there are higher laws. Laws that are more important.
Like laws regarding morality and our own behaviour.
And at the extreme end of these laws is the inbuilt knowledge we all have that it is wrong to murder.
Yet, while this law is more important than gravity, there is also a curious thing about it. None of us have the power to disobey the law of gravity. But all of us have the power to murder. It happens all the time. Just watch the news.
When you consider these higher laws, it quickly becomes apparent that they are about love, or charity, and the pursuit of goodness. And if there is one thing about charity it is this: charity must be free. A blind slavery to laws regarding charity is just not possible, as in the case with gravity.
Now, the big question for gamblers out there is this: are you willing to bet that the Ultimate Lawmaker will not pay attention to your actions regarding these higher laws, when at every moment of your existence you are bound to obey the lesser law of gravity?
And do you really believe that you, who have been granted the freedom to pursue goodness, will not be held accountable for failing to take this responsibility seriously?
I’m not prepared to risk it.
And while I’m far from perfect and fail often, I recognise the greatness of this Ultimate Lawmaker and the great gift of the freedom to love that it has given to each person.
That’s why I call Him God.
And that’s why I fight against institutionalised evil in our society. For evil is nothing more than a failure to love. It’s a defect in something that is meant for goodness.
We must all accept responsibility for our governments and their actions. And just as we are subject to gravity and the laws of God, so are our parliaments.
In fact, it will only be the day our parliaments can float off of their own will that they can say they are not required to submit to the Ultimate Lawmaker. To God.
And we all know that day will never come.
PS – If you want an idea about what happens to those who don’t keep God’s laws and who fail to ask for forgiveness, click here.