I recently just got back from law school orientation. I'm really blessed to be attending one of the very few (and I mean VERY few) law schools that believe in the true definition of the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God that control the universe. Very simply the laws of nature are the absolutes that God has dictated the universe to function under. The law of gravity, the law of aerodynamics, the laws of thermodynamics, and so forth. These laws guide nature and anything that does not follow these laws can not cope with reality and breaks down. This isn't just true of the material universe but also of humanity as well. As Blackstone, the great English legal theorist said “For as God, when he created matter, and endued it with a principle mobility, established certain rules for the perpetual direction of that motion; so when he created man, and endued him with a freewill to conduct himself in all parts of life, he laid down certain immutable laws of human nature, whereby that freewill is in some degree regulated and restrained, and gave him also the faculty of reason to discover the purport of those laws."
In the beginning, God created a universe that was structured with order, when man sinned against God taking of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that order began to break down. Why? Ravi Zacharias explains it this way, the Hebrew language for knowing good and evil is actually translated, "deciding for myself what is right and wrong." Order gave way to chaos because man chose chaos. The order is still here, moral absolutes exist, we chose to ignore them.
Know why am I bothering to right about all this? Here's why, in criminal law when you break the law you cause detrimental effects not only to yourself but to society as well. Your actions do have consequences not just for yourself but for others, whether its amalum in se crime, a crime evil in itself, or a malum prohibitum crime, one illegal because the legislature said so. This is why the state sues you in a criminal action. Because you have threatened the well being of society as a whole.
Now picture this. The God of the universe created a set order of laws, much like are government. Unlike our governments, however, God is the ultimate Governor. His laws are a universal to all people, time, and cultures. What this means is when we break God's laws that govern our lives, i.e. the Ten Commandments, we not only endanger our own safety and well being but that of those around us, and the God of the universe then takes legal action against us for our sin. He becomes the Great Prosecutor.
Now imagine yourself in a court room, where the Great Prosecutor has just proven your guilt. Its obvious, the Great Cloud of Witnesses have testified to the fact, your guilty. Your sentence? Eternal damnation. In a situation like this there is only one hope for the defendant. You've got only one solitary hope. And its not in your power to get it. The only way to be freed is by an official pardon on the part of the state. The prosecutor must not press charges. In legal terms this is called a nolle prosequi, "unwillingness to pursue."And there is no way a Holy Righteous Judge would do that. Or would He?
You see God is the Holy and Righteous Judge but He is also filled with mercy. This is why He doesn't simple do away with us, He gives us time. "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not." - Lamentations 3:22 We often ask in times of great catastrophes where was God in that? Where was God in this? How could He let that happen? But what we need to start asking is why in the world am I still here? You see God sent His Son Jesus to take the place of our sins, the punishment was sentenced upon Christ in your stead. In that one action The Great Prosecutor withdrew charges, and you are found blameless in the sight of the Law. If you repent and trust in the atoning work of Jesus Christ you can walk out of the courtroom free and this story can become a reality in your life. So what do you say? Are you ready?