How many rules/laws does a society need? And why do we need so many? In our American society we have so many rules/laws it is impossible to obey or enforce them all. While we do need some basic ones to ensure safety such as traffic laws, and some so people know what is expected of them in different situations, many of our rules/laws stem from fear and keep people in a place of opression.
We are taught that we need these rules/laws because we are born with a sin nature. Left on our own, we will naturally gravitate toward harming others to insure our own survival. We can look around our own society and through history to see how this manifests on a global scale and on a personal scale between individual people. However, I would disagree with the reason behind this need for rules/laws. I believe we need these rules/laws because of the beliefs we have about each other that are rooted in fear. When we see ourselves as separate from each other, when we believe we must compete against each other, when the only love we know is conditional, we live from a fear based survival mode, protecting self above all others. If I believe you can hurt me, I need laws to protect me from you. If I believe in lack, I need laws to insure my needs get met.
God created us with free will because he wanted us to be free. And yet all these rules/laws prevent us from being free. We have all these other people/agencies/ governments telling us what we can or cannot do, attempting to legislate a moral code. God is limitless and without restriction of any kind. We were created in God’s image to be free. When limitations are placed on us we naturally rebel against them. Intuitively we know we were created to be free.
But what would happen if we changed our beliefs and believed that we all come from the same source, God. That we are all interconnected, all brothers and sisters. That nature, animals and everything else God created was an expression of God. That what I do to someone else, I am doing to me and I am doing to God. Now we are living from the law of love Jesus taught, and manmade rules/laws are no longer necessary. I do what is right, not because a law tells me to or I fear punishment if I do not obey the law. I do what is right because I love God, self and others and know that when I harm you, I am harming myself and the greater society in which we all live.
I believe as a human species we are designed to evolve from fear based beings to love based beings. From fear based beliefs to love based beliefs. From the need to live by man-made laws/rules to live by the higher spiritual Truths of God I blogged about last week.
I believe we are in a place where we are ready to make this leap. There is so much fear and control in the world today, people are feeling fearful, defeated and disempowered. But the way to be free and empowered is not by enacting more rules/laws. It happens when each one of us as individuals choose to move from fear to love in what we believe and in how we choose to treat each other. It happens through a divine spiritual connection to the one who created and loves us, the Source of all that is. Do not look to governments or religions to save you. The root of all the problems in our society is a spiritual one. When enough of us individuals choose to reconnect to God/Source/Love, the society around us will slowly begin to shift in a more positive direction.