Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The doctrine of "rights" is of spirit of independence

The doctrine of "rights" is of the spirit of independence which is hostile against all dependence on God. Even the word 'dependence' is thought of as an extremely negative word in the modern world which bent only on its "rights". 

The spirit of independence feeds on the human desire to be independent, relying on one's own human strength as opposed to faithfulness, trusting in God. It encourages unfaithfulness to God, independence being an absence of faith in God itself. Such unfaithfulness is of the flesh:

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Galatians 5:17,22-23).

The doctrine of rights sets oneself, and not God, as the authority and measure of one's needs, desires and interests. That is has protected people is irrelevant for this does not render it less earthly than rights being used to abuse and inflict hate against others.  This is because the doctrine of "rights" itself is of unfaithfulness and of the spirit of independence, seeking its own way.

As such, the spirit of independence feeds on the human fleshly desires for competition, rivalry and division. It feeds on such desires because they seek to act apart from God and in a manner of spirit which trusts in one's own strength.