Creatures are subject to the laws of and given rights by their creators. Are you a Man, created in the image of God, and endowed with rights (aka duties) from the Creator of all? Or are you represented by a fictional entity, such as a PERSON or CORPORATION, created by STATE, subject to its “laws,” enabled as it sees fit, and endowed with revocable “civil rights?” Which is it? Which do you honor, the Laws of God, the Creator of Man, or the “laws” of STATE, that creates nothing but fictions?
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 (KJV)
…choose you this day whom ye will serve; Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
Create in OT of KJV Create in NT of KJV
Easton's Bible Dictionary, Matthew George Easton, 1897
"In the beginning" God created, i.e., called into being, all things out of nothing. This creative act on the part of God was absolutely free, and for infinitely wise reasons. The cause of all things exists only in the will of God. The work of creation is attributed
(1) to the Godhead (Gen 1:1, 26);
(2) to the Father (1Co 8:6);
(3) to the Son (John 1:3; Col 1:16, 17);
(4) to the Holy Spirit (Gen 1:2; Job 26:13; Ps 104:30). The fact that he is the Creator distinguishes Jehovah as the true God (Isa 37:16; Isa 40:12, 13; Isa 54:5; Ps 96:5; Jer 10:11, 12). The one great end in the work of creation is the manifestation of the glory of the Creator (Col 1:16; Rev 4:11; Rom 11:36). God's works, equally with God's word, are a revelation from him; and between the teachings of the one and those of the other, when rightly understood, there can be no contradiction.
Traditions of the creation, disfigured by corruptions, are found among the records of ancient Eastern nations. A peculiar interest belongs to the traditions of the Accadians, the primitive inhabitants of the plains of Lower Mesopotamia. These within the last few years have been brought to light in the tablets and cylinders which have been rescued from the long-buried palaces and temples of Assyria. They bear a remarkable resemblance to the record of Genesis.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary, William Smith, 1884Creature
Denotes the whole creation in Rom 8:39; Col 1:15; Rev 5:13; the whole human race in Mark 16:15; Rom 8:19-22.
The living creatures in Ezek 10:15, 17, are imaginary beings, symbols of the Divine attributes and operations.
To create is to cause something to exist which did not exist before, as distinguished from make, to re-form something already in existence.
(The creation of all things is ascribed in the Bible to God, and is the only reasonable account of the origin of the world. The method of creation is not stated in Genesis, and as far as the account there is concerned, each part of it may be, after the first acts of creation, by evolution, or by direct act of God's will. The word create (bara) is used but three times in the first chapter of Genesis—
(1) as to the origin of matter;
(2) as to the origin of life;
(3) as to the origin of man's soul; and science has always failed to do any of these acts thus ascribed to God. All other things are said to be made. The order of creation as given in Genesis is in close harmony with the order as revealed by geology, and the account there given, so long before the records of the rocks were read or the truth discoverable by man, is one of the strongest proofs that the Bible was inspired by God.—Ed.)
Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
CREATE, verb transitive [Latin]
1. To produce; to bring into being from nothing; to cause to exist.
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1.
2. To make or form, by investing with a new character; as, to create one a peer or baron; to create a manor.
I create you companions to our person.
3. To produce; to cause; to be the occasion of.
Your eye in Scotland would create soldiers, and make women fight.
Long abstinence creates uneasiness in the stomach; confusion is created by hurry.
4. To beget; to generate; to bring forth.
The people which shall be created, shall praise the Lord. Psalms 102:18.
5. To make or produce, by new combinations of matter already created, and by investing these combinations with new forms, constitutions and qualities; to shape and organize.
God created man in his own image. Genesis 1:1.
6. To form anew; to change the state or character; to renew.
CREATE in me a clean heart. Psalms 51:10.
We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10.
CREATOR, noun [Latin]
1. The being or person that creates.
Remember thy creator in the days of thy youth. Ecclesiastes 12:1.
2. The thing that creates, produces or causes.
1. The act of creating; the act of causing to exist; and especially, the act of bringing this world into existence. Romans 1:20.
2. The act of making, by new combinations of matter, invested with new forms and properties, and of subjecting to different laws; the act of shaping and organizing; as the creation of man and other animals, of plants, minerals, etc.
3. The act of investing with a new character; as the creation of peers in England.
4. The act of producing.
5. The things created; creatures; the world; the universe.
As subjects then the whole creation came.
6. Any part of the things created.
Before the low creation swarmed with men.
7. Any thing produced or caused to exist.
A false creation proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 1st Edition, 1891CREATURE, noun
1. That which is created; every being besides the Creator, or every thing not self-existent. The sun, moon and stars; the earth, animals, plants, light, darkness, air, water, etc., are the creatures of God.
2. In a restricted sense, an animal of any kind; a living being; a beast. In a more restricted sense, man. Thus we say, he was in trouble and no creature was present to aid him.
3. A human being, in contempt; as an idle creature; a poor creature; what a creature!
4. With words of endearment, it denotes a human being beloved; as a pretty creature; a sweet creature
5. That which is produced, formed or imagined; as a creature of the imagination.
6. A person who owes his rise and fortune to another; one who is made to be what he is.
Great princes thus, when favorites they raise, to justify their grace, their creatures praise.
7. A dependent; a person who is subject to the will or influence of another.
The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, 1895CREATE.
To create a charter or a corporation is to make one which never existed before, while to renew one is to give vitality to one which has been forfeited or has expired; and to extend one is to give an existing charter more time than originally limited. 21 Pa. St. 188.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 2nd Edition, 1910
Black’s Law Dictionary, 4th Edition, 1968CREATE.
To bring into being; to cause to exist; to produce; as, to create a trust in lands, to create a corporation. Edwards v. Bibb. 54 Ala. 481 ; McClellan v. McClellan, C5 Me. 500.
To create a charter or a corporation is to make one which never existed before, while to renew one is to give vitality to one which has been forfeited or has expired; and to extend one is to give an existing charter more time than originally limited, Moers v. Reading. 21 Pa. 189; Railroad Co. v. Orton (C. G.) 32 Fed. 473 ; Indianapolis v. Navin, 151 lud. 130, 51 N. E. 80, 41 L. R. A. 344.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 5th Edition, 1979CREATE.
To bring into being; to cause to exist; to produce; as, to create a trust in lands, to create a corporation. Edwards v. Bibb, 54 Ala.481; McClellan v. McClellan, 65 Me. 500; Pickett v. Board of Com'rs of Fremont County, 24 Idaho 200, 133 P. 112, 114; People v. California Fish Co.,
166 Cal. 576, 138 P. 79, 91.
To create a charter or a corporation Is to make one which never existed before, while to renew one is to give vitality to one which has been forfeited or has expired; and to extend one is to give an existing charter more time than originally limited. Indianapolis v. Navin, 151 Ind.139, 51 N.E. 80, 41 L.R.A. 344; State v. Powell, 109 Ohio St. 383, 1.42 N.E. 401, 403; Town of Westernport v. Green, 144 Md. 85, 124 A. 403.
To bring into being; to cause to exist; to produce; as, to create a trust, to create a corporation.
James Madison:There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity -- the law of nature, and of nations.
John Adams:We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.
Thomas Jefferson:Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens. Funding I consider as limited, rightfully, to a redemption of the debt within the lives of a majority of the generation contracting it; every generation coming equally, by the laws of the Creator of the world, to the free possession of the earth he made for their subsistence, unincumbered by their predecessors, who, like them, were but tenants for life.
Alexander Hamilton:It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislature to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.
The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms, and false reasonings, is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator, to the whole human race; and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice. Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society. It is not a thing, in its own nature, precarious and dependent on human will and caprice; but it is conformable to the constitution of man, as well as necessary to the well-being of society.
Thomas Paine:If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.
Albert Einstein:Practical religion consists in doing good: and the only way of serving God is that of endeavoring to make His creation happy. All preaching that has not this for its object is nonsense and hypocrisy.
The world that we have made as a result of the level of thinking that we have done so far, has created problems we cannot solve at the level of thinking at which we created them.
Ayn Rand:Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Butler D. Shaffer:Creation comes before distribution or there will be nothing to distribute. The need of the creator comes before the need of any possible beneficiary.
Abraham Lincoln:The idea of creating systems designed to threaten, coerce, and kill, and to imbue such agencies with principled legitimacy, and not expect them to lead to wars, genocides, and other tyrannical practices, expresses an innocence we can no longer afford to indulge.
Jean-Paul Sartre:The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but it is the government’s greatest creative opportunity. The financing of all public enterprise, and the conduct of the treasury will become matters of practical administration. Money will cease to be master and will then become servant of humanity.
George Orwell:Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does.
Justice Joseph Story:All animals are created equal but some animals are more equal than others.
Frederic Bastiat:Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
Justice William J. Brennan:When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
Alexis de Tocqueville:The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to “create” rights. Rather they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.
Ronald Reagan:In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils it creates…
Barry Goldwater:Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July.
Napoleon Bonaparte:Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny.
Harry S. Truman:I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of people would die for Him.
MAXIMSOnce a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
Advice, unless fraudulent, does not create an obligation.
Necessity creates equity.
Law creates a fiction where equity exists
Residence creates domicile.
Commentaries on the Laws of England in Four Books, vol. 1
Man, 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 every thing, it is necessary that he should, in all points, conform to his Maker’s will.
This will of his Maker is called the law of nature. For as God, when he created matter, and endued it with a principle of mobility, established certain rules for the perpetual direction of that motion, so, when he created man, and endued him with free-will to conduct himself in all parts of life, he laid down certain immutable laws of human nature, whereby that free-will is in some degree regulated and restrained, and gave him also the faculty of reason to discover the purport of those laws.
Considering the Creator only as a being of infinite power, he was able unquestionably to have prescribed whatever laws he pleased to his creature, man, however unjust or severe. But, as he is also a being of infinite wisdom, he has laid down only such laws as were founded in those relations of justice that existed in the nature of things antecedent to any positive precept. These are the eternal immutable laws of good and evil, to which the Creator himself, in all his dispensations, conforms; and which he has enabled human reason to discover, so far as they are necessary for the conduct of human actions. Such, among others, are these principles: that we should live honestly, should hurt nobody, and should render to every one his due; to which three general precepts Justinian has reduced the whole doctrine of law.
But if the discovery of these first principles of the law of nature depended only upon the due exertion of right reason, and could not otherwise be obtained than by a chain of metaphysical disquisitions, mankind would have wanted some inducement to have quickened their inquiries, and the greater part of the world would have rested content in mental indolence, and ignorance its inseparable companion. As, therefore, the Creator is a being not only of infinite power, and wisdom, but also of infinite goodness, he has been pleased so to contrive the constitution and frame of humanity, that we should want no other prompter to inquire after and pursue the rule of right, but only our own self-love, that universal principle of action. For he has so intimately connected, so inseparably interwoven the laws of eternal justice with the happiness of each individual, that the latter cannot be attained but by observing the former; and, if the former be punctually obeyed, it cannot but induce the latter. In consequence of which mutual connection of justice and human felicity, he has not perplexed the law of nature with a multitude of abstracted rules and precepts, referring merely to the fitness or unfitness of things, as some have vainly surmised, but has graciously reduced the rule of obedience to this one paternal precept, “that man should pursue his own true and substantial happiness.” This is the foundation of what we call ethics, or natural law; for the several articles into which it is branched in our systems, amount to no more than demonstrating that this or that action tends to man’s real happiness, and therefore very justly concluding that the performance of it is a part of the law of nature; or, on the other hand, that this or that action is destructive of man’s real happiness, and therefore that the law of nature forbids it.
This law of nature, being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original. But, in order to apply this to the particular exigencies of each individual, it is still necessary to have recourse to reason, whose office it is to discover, as was before observed, what the law of nature directs in every circumstance of life, by considering what method will tend the most effectually to our own substantial happiness. And if our reason were always, as in our first ancestor before his transgression, clear and perfect, unruffled by passions, unclouded by prejudice, unimpaired by disease or intemperance, the task would be pleasant and easy; we should need no other guide but this. But every man now finds the contrary in his own experience; that his reason is corrupt, and his understanding full of ignorance and error.
Nickell v. Rosenfield (1927), 82 CA 369
Citizens' Savings & Loan Association v. Topeka (1874), 20 Wall.(U.S.) 655"When we speak of a person having a civil right we must necessarily refer to a civil right as distinguished from the elemental idea of rights absolute. We must have in mind a rights given and protected by law, and a person's enjoyment thereof is regulated entirely by the law which creates it."
Proclamation of the General Court of Massachusetts, January 23, 1776That the citizen may be deprived of his property for purposes of the government by way of taxation has of course never been questioned. It is a plain and necessary limitation upon the right of property that the very government that creates, protects, and secures the right shall have the power to take some of the property for its necessary expenses. The [fourteenth] amendment has brought about some of the limitations upon governmental power. It was early decided that the power of taxation could be exerted only for public purposes and not for private advantage.
Norton vs. Shelby County"It is a maxim that in every government, there must exist, somewhere, a supreme, sovereign, absolute, and uncontrollable power; but this power resides in the body of the people; and it never was, or can be delegated to one man, or a few; the great Creator having never given to men a right to vest others with authority over them unlimited either in duration or degree."
Amos v. MosleyAn unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.
Cooley's Constitutional Limitations (1868)If the legislature clearly misinterprets a Constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right.
Ex parte Knowles (1855) 5 Cal. 300, 302."The theory of our political system is that the ultimate sovereignty is in the People, from whom springs all legitimate authority. McLean, J. in Spooner v. McConnell, 1 McLean 347. They have created a national Constitution, and conferred upon it powers of sovereignty over certain subjects, and they create State governments upon which they confer the remaining powers of sovereignty, so far as they are disposed to allow them to be exercised at all. By the constitutions which they form, they tie up alike their own hands and the hands of their agencies; and neither the officers of the State, nor the whole people as an aggregate body, are at liberty to take action in opposition to these fundamental laws. But in every State, although all persons are under the protection of the government, and obliged to conform their actions to its laws, there are some who are altogether excluded from participation in the government, and are compelled to submit to be ruled by an authority in the creation of which they have no choice. This patent fact suggests the inquiry, Who are the People in whom is vested the sovereignty of the State?--since it is evident that they cannot include the whole population, and that the maxim that government rests upon the consent of the governed is in practice subject to exceptions. What should be the correct rule on this subject, it does not fall within our province to consider. That is a question which lies back of the formation of the Constitution, and is addressed to the People themselves. As a practical fact, the sovereignty is vested in those persons who by the constitution of the State are allowed to exercise the elective franchise. Such persons may have been designated by description in the enabling act of Congress permitting the formation of the Constitution, if such an act there was, or the convention which framed the Constitution may have determined upon the qualifications of electors without external dictation."
United States v. Lee, 106 U.S. 196, 220 (1882)."A court is a creature of the Constitution and laws under which it exists. To exercise any power not derived from such Constitution and laws would necessarily be a usurpation."
No man in this country is so high that he is above the law. No officer of the law may set that law at defiance with impunity. All the officers of the government, from the highest to the lowest, are creatures of the law, and are bound to obey it.