The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything. G.K. Chesterton
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
The argument that God does not exist, simply because we believe that He does not exist, is quite bizarre. There are many things in life that I am ignorant of but that does not disprove the existence or reality of such things. The logic used by some to deny the existence of God, could not be used as legal defense in a court of law.
Let me illustrate this. Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for “ignorance of the law does not excuse” or “ignorance of the law excuses no one”) is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content.
The rationale of the doctrine is that if ignorance were an excuse, a person charged with criminal offense or a subject of a civil lawsuit would merely claim that he or she is unaware of the law in question to avoid liability, even though the person really does know what the law in question is. Thus, the law imputes knowledge of all laws to all persons within the jurisdiction no matter how transiently. Even though it would be impossible, even for someone with substantial legal training, to be aware of every law in operation in every aspect of a state’s activities, this is the price paid to ensure that willful blindness cannot become the basis of exculpation. Thus, it is well settled that persons engaged in any undertakings outside what is common for a normal person, such as running a nuclear power plant, will make themselves aware of the laws necessary to engage in that undertaking. If they do not, they cannot complain if they incur liability.
The doctrine assumes that the law in question has been properly published and distributed, for example, by being printed in a government gazette, made available over the internet, or printed in volumes available for sale to the public at affordable prices.
There are two points to this article:
1. The Bible uses the same legal argument for those who think that ignorance of the law is a defense when standing before the judgement throne of almighty God.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
2. As our human legal system requires that laws be published, God too has published his laws for all humans to read, consider and study in the form of the Bible. Furthermore, throughout human history, God has sent preachers and prophets to proclaim his word and to declare his truth. In today’s age of digital media, the Word of God continues to be distributed and published in the public domain throughout the world. Mankind now has unbridled access to the teachings of the Bible as never before. We can therefore conclude that as far as God is concerned, man too will have no excuse and could not plead ignorance of the law as a legal defense before His legal council.
I wish also to make a further observation regarding Richard Dawkins who chooses to justify his atheistic doctrine of unbelief, by resorting to legal argument and scare tactics. His latest argument against the existence of God is disingenuous to say the least. He claims that parents who force a religion on their children is tantamount to child abuse. He states that children should be taught ‘religion exists’ but not taught it is a fact and claims that sex abuse does ‘arguably less long-term psychological damage’ than being brought up a Catholic. You can read the full article about forcing religion on your child here.
However, there is something that Richard Dawkins may have overlooked in his zeal to defend his doctrine of unbelief in God. By attempting to criminalize and demonize Christianity as he does, he also will be subjected to the scrutiny of the law. Despite his intellectual attempts to minimize, marginalize and obliterate the concept of God in the media, he will have no defense when he meets his Maker because he too will be subject to a legal argument. He will be unable to plead ignorance of the existence of God when confronted with one simple fact – that creation itself testifies to a Creator, and to His Glory, Majesty and Power, to God himself who is the creator of all things. God will simply use the His law to demolish the vain attempts of Richard Dawkins by holding him accountable to Romans 1:18-23. Case closed!
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Gen 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky.
Gen 2:20-22 But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
Published by: Alan Vincent