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Debt, Mortgage, and the Law Merchant

Ecclesiasticus 21:8 (Septuagint - Apocrypha), "He that buildeth his house with other men's money is like one that gathereth himself stones for the tomb of his burial."

What is the meaning and origin of the word mortgage? The term mortgage comes from mort and means "death" (as in mortuary or morta...

What is Caesar's?

by Gideon Caleb: Gordon

Mark 12:17, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

“Render to Caesar” is often quoted as the definitive answer to how much authority Caesar has over us. But does something belong to Caesar simply because he says it does? For example, if the incom...

Rebutting Presumptions

Numbers 15:30, "But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people."

Deuteronomy 17:13, "And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously."

Psalms 19:13, "Keep back...

The World

by Richard Anthony

The terms 'world' and 'earth' have completely different meanings. Our Lord certainly made the distinction between 'world' and 'earth' when he said, "I have overcome the world" in John 16:33. It would be meaningless if he had said, "I have overcome the earth."

When you see the term "world" in scripture, it...

HUMAN BEING - To Be or Not To Be a Human Being?

By Randy Lee in The Christian Jural Society News.

From Ballentine's Law Dictionary (1948). 'Human Being' is defined as follows:
     

'See monster' . From the same dictionary, 'monster' is defined: 'A human-being by birth, but in some part resembling a lower animal.'

This is an unusu...