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.