How do we practice proper hermeneutics in context of biblical government?
Our goal here is to discern what is the biblical guidelines for government. We study the Bible to learn how we should form opinions regarding how government ought to operate. There are difficulties, however. We cannot just re institute the Mosaic theocracy: it was in an entirely different covenant and made for an entirely different purpose. This is evidenced by the many ceremonial laws mixed in with civil and moral laws. Our job now is to "rightly divide the word of truth." We need to find out if there are applicable truths to be found in the ceremonial laws and moral laws, and apply the civil laws to today's culture and technologies without losing the principles involved. How are we going to do this?
People have proposed many ways to do this. I have found many to be very helpful. There are those who point out that God clearly defines the reason for many of His laws, some are abominations to Israel, others abominations to God. Clearly something that is an abomination to God is a sin, while something that is only an abomination to Israel is a ceremonial law, but still, what about the rest?
This thread is a brainstorming and analysis discussion on not only ideas and methods for gleaning truths for government form Scripture, but also to post insights gleaned from Scripture for the edification and growth of others in the forum.
- Do you agree with the premise of this thread?
- Do you know of any reliable methods to determine applicable truths for Scripture in this area?
- Have you found any good insights to share with us on the subject of the structure and function of government from Scripture?
NOTE: after we have discussed this and come to some conclusions, we will move it into the Welcome Instructions room to keep the discussion open instead of archiving it.
With joy and peace in Christ,
I am Sir Emeth Mimetes (knighted to the warfare of truth by the calling of Christ, the Master of my order), and thus, though poorly is it ever met by my feeble abilities, is my mission: to combat those ideas that are rooted in mindsets that are contrary to my Master.
May I never forsake abiding in Him, and may His ways never cease to thrive within my heart, for He only is my strength and hope.
note: emeth is Hebrew for truth, right, faithful;
mimetes is Greek for an imitator or follower.