"And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works."
Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) [Claude Frederic Bastiat] French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848
"The Law" by Frederic Bastiat (1848)
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From an originating perspective, The laws of nature and of nature's God was to be the natural law foundation.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Says all that needs to be said in describing collectivists.

    Liberty works. Socialism does not.
     -- bruski, Naples     
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    Lord, protect us from the folly of the do-gooders.
     -- Jim k, Austin     
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    " Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of his servant, that walks in darkness, and has no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, ( and stay upon his God ). Behold all ye that kindle a Fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the Light of your Fire, and in the sparks that you have kindled. ( This shall you have of mine hand; ) you shall lie down in sorrow." Isaiah 50:10,11. STAND FAST in the Liberty, ( from the Hebrew and Greek, Chophshiy, Eleutheria, Apeleutheros, liberties, access to the presence of God.) Gala 5:1 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. A Freed Man in Amen. a true and faithful witness becomes a servant of God at Liberty.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats OR     
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    Yes, until he said "...for liberty is an acknowledgement of faith in God and his works" Liberty is an acknowledgement of humans seeking happiness... and has nothing what soever to do with a mythical God... Religion, fear, and greed are the catalyst for evil...
    Have a wonderful pagan holiday... The 25th, a time when All Gods were celebrated....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
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    Robert, thank you. I will enjoy the holiday. I will enjoy the pagan tree (not associated to Jesus), the pagan date (not associated to Jesus - the Christ's birth was during the census around the Feast of Tabernacles / with star alignment - probably early October) and all other foreign traditions that have been assimilated. Loving all people (brothers and sisters, children of our Father in Heaven) I enjoy their traditions and perceptions as they bring what they know to the worship of the Christ child.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    9th month Sept, 27. Who told anyone Christ was born on the 25th of Dec ? Rome !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats OR     
    "[T]he legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society..." How true! From the left and the right, the religious and the secular, the humble individual is constantly being picked and prodded by the 'officials' of society, then herded and conditioned to accept their world view as gospel, and of course, our 'place' in it. All for our own good -- and when that oppression has the support of 'God' the oppressed do not long remain loyal to that religion and its authorities.

    The oppressed and bombarded will appeal to 'God' as their last hope -- depending on the outcome, God either proves himself or not.

    I like the phrase, the God of Nature. It reminds me that I have not made myself and that men are fellow creatures born into a world that already exists and continues to exist. Do we understand all the workings of the universe? Not by a long shot. The Truth is still a mystery.

    But I trust in the Process of Life and that if there is a God (or gods) and his will is done, then God's grace is HIS to give however he wants. The dogmatic view of fundamentalists tell us there is a get-out-of-hell-free card, baptism. Note that it is not something you can do yourself, but requires a 'minister' of some sort -- another 'bouncer' at the gate of heaven.

    I bear witness to the constant creation, the perpetual unfolding of it all, the one song, the uni-verse, and we each have a note to sing. For me, the Truth is indeed a revelation -- it already is. The teachings of Christ and the allegorical meanings of his work and life, death, and rebirth have meaning for me greater than the small-minded, dogmatic view of the Bible which contain stories much older than the Hebrews. I find it all very fascinating and worthy of in-depth study.

    Merry Christmas! ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mary, MI      
    Liberty begins with the rejection of God. When we know nature has all the forces and there is nothing supernatural we can move forward psychologically and morally.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    There will come a day when you will change your mind...I pray it's not to late.

     -- Denise, Durango     

    Hopefully you will look deeper....you will ultimately meet Him.

     -- Denise, Durango     
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