Human Rights

Blessed are those who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right. — Psalm 106:3

Biblical Human Rights

The Bible is very clear and concise on human rights for male and female alike. The worth of a human being is defined in Genesis where God describes the worth of the human by making them the ONLY creatures He made in His own image;

Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Then we have the human rights that came within the 10 Commandments:

  • Thou Shall Not Kill
  • Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery
  • Though Shall Not Steal
  • Though Shall Not Bear False Witness
  • Thou Shall Not Covet What Is Your Neighbor’s

The Bible goes further to make sure we understand that we are all equal by stating that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” in Gelations 3:28.

Jesus himself spoke very clearly and specifically on the matter of human rights. Jesus stated “As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them…love your enemies, and do good, and expect nothing in return,…be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” in Luke 6

If one has any doubts about our Christian commandments, the reference is easy to find and stated simply by The Prince Of Peace Himself; Christ was asked about the greatest commandment in the Law and His answer included no parables, but was to the point “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 

Christ Jesus left no room for doubt or misinterpretation or theology debates on this vital subject…LOVE is the most important Law in the universe.

Universal Declaration Of Human Rights – United Nations

The United Nations says that The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  was drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 General Assembly resolution 217 A as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into almost 500 languages.

Article I:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2:

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3:

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

There are 30 articles in the Declaration. You can read them all here

The United States of America’s Bill Of Rights

The Bill Of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. The Bill Of Rights was written by James Madison in 1791. The Bill Of Rights was written to provide constitutional protection for individual liberties, specifically from the government. These rights were seen by our American forefathers as natural rights derived from God himself and therefor could not be limited, influenced or taken away by any man with any authority.

The Bill Of Rights is a vital document for every American Citizen to be very familiar with. Even if you are not an American citizen, you can admire the beauty and the strength found in the words of the Bill Of Rights. Here is the full text of the Bill Of Rights:

AMENDMENT I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

AMENDMENT II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

AMENDMENT III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

AMENDMENT IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

AMENDMENT V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

AMENDMENT VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

AMENDMENT VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

AMENDMENT VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

AMENDMENT IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

AMENDMENT X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

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