Self-evident Inalienable Rights and Genesis 1:26

bill-of-rights-e-discoveryThe U.S. Bill of Rights amendments to the original Constitution contained very important statements that recognized some of the most basic human rights. The American Declaration of Independence, dated July 4,1776, states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“Self-evident truths” indicates that the framers drew from natural law.  Moreover, the preamble of the Declaration states explicitly of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God”. This can be derived from our understanding of natural law and through scripture that all people are created in God’s image (Imago Dei).  Genesis 1:26 states: “Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness…”, which would imply that since all human beings have been created equal in God’s image, we have been given basic inalienable human rights.  These inalienable rights, given by God, cannot be given by the State; neither can they be taken away, nor given away.

As poeple around the world, we must continue to defend our inalienable rights as human beings and not allow the state or others to minimize or reduce what we have already been endowed by God at creation.

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5 thoughts on “Self-evident Inalienable Rights and Genesis 1:26”

  1. Genesis never says anything about humankind. If you are going to write an article and quote from the fictional bible or any other writing, be it fiction or fact, you should not change the writing simply because you wish to be politically correct or because the actual writing may not say what you want it to say.
    The bible is very clear in that it states that Man is made in the image of ‘god’ and woman is made of man to serve man, 1 Timothy 2: 11-15, Ephesians 5: 22-24, 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Corinthians 11: 7, 1 Peter 3: 1-22. There is also the fact that ‘god” called men ‘man’ and Adam (man) named woman. There are few verses where it is made to seem that man and woman are equal, and, in some ways, they are.
    For instance, ‘god’ (according to the fictional Christian religious text), loves all people equally. However, this does not mean, as repeatedly shown in biblical verses, that men and women are equal in their roles in life or to one another. wisting words to fit one’s own desired circumstance, or to be politically correct, thereby changing the author’s intent, is wrong.
    This is the problem with all religions; hypocrisy. In other words, if we do not like what the religious text says, we either change it, interpret it in our own best interest, or simply pretend that the particular section does not exist and ignore it. This is easily done when we base an entire concept of fiction created out of fear and lack of understanding of natural events.

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    1. Well, it seems I overlooked a couple of typos in my original post and as I do not see an edit option, this post is intended to correct the typos: The last sentence of the first paragraph, reading “There are few” should read “There are a few”; “wisting’ should read “Twisting”; the word “of” between “concept” and “fiction” in the last sentence should read “on.”

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    1. I did not know so I did a very quick search. This site says the actual hebrew word is Elohim–http://ronleigh.com/bible/imagodei/index.htm

      All the other sites I came across focused on the contention of the different meanings, believed by different scholars, of Imago Dei. I would like to find a place that tells the word for word actual language translation of the scripture, even if it reads choppy. Then I can read it again in a modern version and make up my own mind about the meaning.

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