Justice for All

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Rolling Stone Magazine 2006

Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight. (Pro 11:1 NKJ)

“A cunning Canaanite! Deceitful scales are in his hand; He loves to oppress. And Ephraim said,`Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.’ (Hos 12:7-8 NKJ)

Saying: “When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit, (Amo 8:5 NKJ)

Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales, And with the bag of deceitful weights? For her rich men are full of violence, Her inhabitants have spoken lies, And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. (Mic 6:11-12 NKJ)

God is just, that goes without saying, and we wouldn’t expect anything less,.  Most Christians believe that our Constitution was based on the Bible, in fact, that is not true. Thomas Jefferson argued, in one of his writings, that common law was in existence in England before Christianity and that religion should have no sway over the law. John Adams, the Second President, said, “’erected on the simple principles of nature’ ‘by the use of reason and the senses,’ and the authority of the US government comes not from gods but from ‘the natural authority of the people alone.’  The Latin phrase “ancien scripture” translates into English as “ancient scripture,” meaning “old writings,” Jefferson explained that Christians have chosen to translate “ancien scripture” to mean “Holy Scripture,” as in “Holy Bible” to justify their claim that the US common law was based upon the Bible. Jefferson’s concerns that attaching law to one particular religion would exclude others outside of Christianity from justice.

And so, Lady Justice, her name is Lustitia, the goddess of Justice within Roman mythology. Iustitia was introduced by emperor Augustus. It appears that in the Roman culture she was view as a symbolic personification of justice, an artists impression. Apart from the scales in her hand, she wears a blindfold to show impartiality, though some statues show her with a blindfold, and the cover of a 2006 issue of Rolling Stone magazine depicts Lady Justice lifting her blindfold, implying that the then-composition of Congress had politicized the criminal justice system.

Justice is not a Christian thing, it’s a God thing, and I believe I am right in saying that believe that justice should be equal and fair for everyone.  God hates corrupt scales.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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