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“Ignorance of the law”

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord…” (Leviticus 18:5, the Holy Bible).

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“IGNORANCE OF THE LAW”: In the frenzy generated by the Supreme Court’s decision nullifying President Aquino’s use of his “disbursement acceleration program” or DAP to give some P1.1 billion to senators after the ouster of Renato Corona as chief justice, one important concept of law is now embedded into the hearts and minds of the Filipino people.

This legal concept says, “ignorance of the law excuses no one from complying with it”. Simply put, this means that, even if we do not know the law in a given situation, or that there is actually a law that governs that situation, all of us are still bound to obey that law. There are legal effects if we don’t obey the law even if we do not know what it is, or that it is there.

The rule is pretty much the same on matters of faith and spirituality. While we may not know that there is a spiritual law pertaining to something that we have done, or are doing, or we will do, we are still bound to obey that spiritual law, or face the consequences, either here in this life or in eternity, if we don’t. Indeed, ignorance of the spiritual law excuses no one from complying with it.

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KNOWING THE LAW, EVEN ON SPIRITUAL MATTERS: This rule is true irrespective of one’s faith or religion or spiritual affiliation. Whether one is from this or that religious group, there are rules that must be obeyed, regardless of the member’s familiarity or knowledge of those rules. It is therefore important that a believer, whatever religion he has, should endeavor to know his religion’s rules.

Insofar as Christian believers are concerned, the Bible contains many admonitions about knowing spiritual laws. Some are positive admonitions, because they cite the benefits of knowing and then obeying spiritual laws. Some are negative, because they warn of dire and deadly consequences of not knowing, and therefore, not obeying, spiritual laws.

In Joshua 1:8, the admonition goes this way: read the Book of the Law, meditate on what you read day and night, and carefully obey all that you read, because by doing so, you will become prosperous and successful, and victorious in all areas of life. This is the same positive admonition we will read in Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

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GOD DOES NOT TOLERATE IGNORANCE OF THE LAW: In Matthew 7:26-27, however, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, warns us of danger, and even of death, if we do not make an effort to know the law, or, what is worse, if, despite knowing the law, we nevertheless do not obey it. Using the parable of the “fool” who built his house on sand, Jesus said the fool who does not obey His Word will suffer a “great crash”.

This is the same warning that Deuteronomy 28:15-68 gave to those who no longer listen and who no longer obey God’s commands. These verses say that some 53 curses will be rained by God upon those who no longer listen to Him and who no longer obey Him. What is more fearsome here is the warning that when the curses come, they will not stop until the rebel believer is fully destroyed.

It is therefore very important for anyone who professes to believe in God to know his religion’s spiritual rules. This could be easily done by reading his or her religion’s Book of the Law (no matter how it is called), meditating on what he or she has read day and night, and carefully obeying it all the time. Undeniably, God does not tolerate unfamiliarity and lack of knowledge of His rules.

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REMINDERS:Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m., simulcast, real time, over 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, and 1224 kHz in Davao City, and  at www.eaglenews.ph;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa Radyo Trabungko FM”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa DYKA” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.-30-

By Atty. Batas Mauricio




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