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To Be or Not To Be a Human Being?
By Randy Lee in The
Christian Jural Society News.
From Ballentine's Law Dictionary,
1948 Edition. '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 unusual
definition, but like all Law Dictionaries on this subject, a non-definition. It
only states that a 'human being' is a higher animal. It is not found anywhere in
Scripture that a Christian Man or Woman is an animal or part of the animal
kingdom. This being the case, then what exactly is a 'human
From the Oxford New English Dictionary
of 1901, 'human' is defined as, '3. Belonging or relative to man as
distinguished from God or superhuman beings; pertaining to the sphere or
faculties of man (with implication of limitation or inferiority); mundane;
secular. (Often opposed to divine.)'
being the important word here, we look to the multi-difinitions in the 1992
Random House Webster's College Dictionary: "Secular' adj. 1. of or pertaining to
worldly things or to things not regarded as sacred: temporal. 2. not relating to
or concerned with religion (opposed to sacred). 3. concerned with non-religious
subjects. 4. not belonging to a religious order: not bound by monastic
Could it be that 'human' means
un-Godly. From the same dictionary, a look at a combination of the two: 'Secular
humanism' n. any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific
allusion to religious doctrines." And, "' secularism' n. 1. secular spirit or
tendency, esp. a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms
of religious faith or worship. 2. the view that public education and other
matters of civil policy should be conducted without the influence of religious
In conjunction with this, from
Collier's New Dictionary of the *English Language, 1928. 'humanitarian' is
defined: n. 'a philanthropist: an anti Trinitarian who rejects the doctrine of
Christ's divinity; a perfectionist.: From the above Random House Dictionary,
"humanitarianism' is defined: n. 'the doctrine that humankind may become perfect
without divine aid.'
With no definition of
'human being' in Law, Mellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage, 1992,
defines 'Person' as, 1."a human being--without regard to sex, legitimacy, or
competence. This person is the central figure in law, as elsewhere,
characterized by personal attributes of mind, intention, feelings, weaknesses,
morality common to human beings; with rights and duties under the law. This is
the person, sometimes called an individual, and often referred to in the law as
a natural person, as distinguished from an artificial person (sense
Of course, 'morality common to human
beings' is not explained, because that would reveal to much. Again, in Shawmut
Bank, N.A. vs. Valley Farms, (610A.2d652,654) it states, "For purpose of statute
protecting certain property from post-judgment remedies, and therefore from
prejudgment attachment, 'natural person' means 'human being', not artificial or
So, if natural person and
human being are considered the same in the law, let's take a closer look at what
a 'natural person' is. As you may know, all government codes, rules and
regulations only attach to corporations, partnerships and natural persons. In
American law, it seems that a definition of 'natural person' does not exist. To
get any idea of what a natural person is, we have to go to English law. In the
17th Century, Lord Coke differentiated between 'natural persons' and 'moral
persons in a community' in the following statement from his Institututes:... "we
must observe, that estate is defined by the civilians, the capacity of moral
persons; for, as natural persons have a certain space in which their natural
existence is placed, and in which they perform their natural actions, so have
persons in a community a certain state or capacity, in which they are supposed
to exist, to perform their moral acts, and exercise all civil relations,"... (2
With 'natural man' being the same
as 'natural person', we find further evidence of exactly what a 'human being'
is. From the above Random House Dictionary, page 901, " 'Natural' adj. 17.
natural man: unenlightened or unregenerate." From the same Dictionary, page
1461, " 'unregenerate' 1. not regenerate; unrepentant. 2. unconvinced by or
unconverted to a particular religion, sect, or movement. 4. wicked; sinful;
dissolute. 5. an unregenerate person."
conjunction with this, from The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 1933,
'naturalism' is defined as: 'a system of morality or religion having a purely
natural basis; a view of the world, and of man's relationship to it, in which
only the operation of natural, as opposed to supernatural or spiritual, laws and
forces is assumed.' and 'naturalist' is defined as: 'One who follows the light
of nature, as contrasted with revelation.'
And, of course, the Scriptures being the final authority, confirms all of the
1 Corinthians 3:14, "But the natural man receiveth not the things
of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned."
Therefore, when a Christian calls him or herself a 'human being', they are
saying, "I'm an animal; I'm non-religious; I'm unrepentant: I'm wicked, sinful
and dissolute; I'm able to do all things and be perfect without Jesus Christ;
I'm subject to man's law, rather than God's Law."
Randy Lee may be reached
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