I keep hearing ‘God-given rights’.
I want to know: what are those rights? Seriously?!
If those rights are based on something that isn’t factual, frequent repetition of those words doesn’t by default make them law.
If those oft-repeated rights are based on something seemingly factual but being attributed to the God of Torah, the God of the Old Testament, then the title of God has been taken in vain. Dangerous ground there, slippery slopes and all.
God given rights are to breathe, to multiply, and to die. Given equally to mankind, to animals as well as to plant life (breathe termed in alternate forms) and organisms.
Choice is an option given mankind. Not a right, an option. People often choose to be emotionally driven.
Right to live? Well, until you die… sure.
Liberty? No, not a right that Almighty granted, but seemingly a cultural perception graced upon society in general.
Pursuit of happiness? Whatever. That’s another cultural perception of mankind, not a God-granted right.
The words of Torah, the history of Tanakh comes to mind…
People were born poor.
People were in situations where there was no food, no water.
People were born into slavery. All colors.
People were isolated into groups.
People were restricted and persecuted for their beliefs, their race, their cultures. Across the earth.
These situations are often the direct result of consequences. Choices made and consequence of choice being the equal and opposite reaction. Assigned situations based on circumstance and consequence.
Rights equal to all.
The rest is conceptual. Even if penned by founders.