Government Must Submit to the Laws of God! – Sir William Blackstone

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Government Must Submit to the Laws of God! – Sir William Blackstone

blackstoneMan, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his creator, for he is entirely a dependent being. A being, independent of any other, has no rule to pursue, but such as he prescribes to himself; but a state of dependence will in­evitably oblige the inferior to take the will of him, on whom, he depends, as the rule of his conduct: not indeed in every particular, but in all those points wherein his dependence consists. This principle therefore has more or less extent and effect, in proportion as the superiority of the one and the dependence of the other is greater or less, absolute or limited. And consequently as man depends absolutely upon his maker for everything, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his maker’s will.

Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England in Four Books, vol. 1 [1753]; SECTION II.: OF THE NATURE OF LAWS IN GENERAL

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