Let’s just start with the premise that if you are a Christian, you believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Whether or not you believe it to be literally understood or not, you still accept that it is from God, in one way or another.
I hear so many Christians try to claim that not all of the Bible is applicable to modern religion, usually referring to the Old Testament. But yet, without an understanding of the Old, the New is meaningless to the believer. This they do not argue. So what is it?
The New Testament clearly reinforces all that the Old embodies and teaches. The writers were clear that the Old not only was continued in the New, but fulfills all of the commandments and prophecies in it. It is therefore disingenuous to make any assertion that a single letter of that book may be disregarded as against our modern sensibilities, for it is either form the eternal mind of God, or it isn’t.
And that leads us to the point in question, whether a Christian Libertarian can exist. It is no mystery that the Bible commands obedience to this God of the Israelis: Yahweh. And it is just as clear that disobedience is condemnation and death (or a curse as several passages say).
It is hard to understand how believers can ignore the fact that “original sin” and “eternal damnation” are as old as the oldest books of the Jewish scriptures. Yet these are the basis of loyalty to the God who supposedly authored (inspired) the teachings. In other words, selectivity in belief is not even an acceptable idea.
The Bible declares rebellion to be equivalent to the sin of witchcraft, and pronounces the severest judgment on rebellious children. Throughout the Bible, it is those who protest government and authority who are eradicated at the command of God. Countless men, women, and even children have been slaughtered in God’s name for daring to worship “other” gods.
This teaching is reiterated in the New Testament, in two passages, in addition to the assumption that the words of prophets (the apostles) hold the same authority as the prophets of old. Again, it is deceptive to claim that any teachings in the Bible are superior to any others. All carry the same weight: revelation.
What is revelation? It is simply a message from God. And that message is either universal, or intended for the sole use of the individual who receives it. Deists believe the latter, and believers in any revealed religion believe the former: if God says it then it is for all people, regardless of what they claim to avoid responsibility for their beliefs.
If new revelation could cancel old revelation, then Mormonism must be as true as any interpretation of scripture held by any of the mainstream Christian churches. But that is clearly not acceptable in the majority of churches.
But the New Testament is just as clear about obedience, even stating that dissent of the government is sin in God’s eyes. One is not free to transgress the law of the land any more than to sin against the edict of God.
Lucifer’s sin was the same as Adam and Eve’s sin, which is the same as every other sin one can commit- making oneself higher than God, ie. exercising freedom of choice. If one does not choose God’s way, then that person is choosing his own. This “free-thought”, or Deism, and not faith in God, or Christianity. Paul was clear that “… the wages of sin is death.”
One cannot be a Libertarian and a Christian at the same time. The two are simply not compatible. The Christian who thinks that he or she can be obedient and a free thinker at the same time does not know the teachings of his ir her own religion.
What religious thinkers need is the knowledge that neither the Bible, or any other religious book, is from God, and that none of them allow for any other choice than blind faith and obedience. Only Deism allows our natural rights to break through and take center stage. It is then that we can accept the dictates of reason, the greatest gift from God.
We must educate the religious that their Libertarian thinking is opposed to their religion and makes them Deists by default. Only then will they live lives free from hypocrisy.