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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Conflicts of Authority

Steve Scott, in his fifth installment in the series on the most abused chapter in the Bible:
If one has the gift of healing (not necessarily in the miraculous sense), and has talents that enable him to heal people of diseases, and God has already commanded us to exercise our gifts in serving others, then he has the authority from God Himself to heal. If he heals somebody, nobody but a bunch of Pharisees would cry foul. So then how could the state have authority to prosecute (read persecute) this man for "practicing medicine without a license" unless the state held a higher authority than God? The exercising of gifts for the good of others would come under the realm of individual government, with the individual holding the position of authority, and again not the state.

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