Constitutions

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Jesus stated that he established the US constitution.

And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (D&C 101:80)

Is it safe for one to conclude then that the lack of statements regarding the constitutions of other nations mean those constitutions are not inspired?

15 thoughts on “Constitutions

  1. No. It only means that if he has intervened in helping to establish other constitutions, he hasn’t (yet) chosen to tell us about it through his Prophet.

  2. …and if those constitutions differ from the US constitution, does that immediately disqualify them from being God inspired?

  3. I don’t see why it would disqualify them. The Lord said he suffered the US Constitution to be established to accomplish certain purposes. He may be able to accomplish the same purposes elsewhere through different means, or he may have different purposes to accomplish in another time and place.

    I suppose there are some principles in certain constitutions that are directly contrary to Gospel principles, but I wouldn’t be too hasty in assuming that the Lord had no hand in the establishment of even those constitutions.

  4. *whew!*

    For a minute there I thought North Korea might be getting out of hand, but now that I know that Kim Jong-il may be inspired by God, I’ll sleep better at night.

  5. What sections of the North Korean constitution are you referring to, Rick? (And did Kim Jong Il write them?)

  6. You know, the whole personality cult revolving around Kim Jong, the policy of juche (self-reliance), which cut the country off from almost all external trade, the forced poverty and acceptance of a military state. Those kind of things.

    They were most assuredly authored by Kim Jong or his father as head of state (or more correctly General Secretary of the Party and chairman of the National Defense Commission).

    If these actions were not inspired, wouldn’t it make you sad that an entire nation was suffering due to the self-aggrandizing notions of a megalomaniac? I mean if it were not inpired, you’d hope the countries that do have an inpired constitution would do something about that kind of atrocity.

    But we don’t have to worry about that. Until someone, somewhere proves that there’s absolutely no chance that these things weren’t inpired, then we can rest in assurance that perhaps it’s just the Lord working in mysterious, albeit cruel and unusual, ways.

  7. “the whole personality cult revolving around Kim Jong, the policy of juche (self-reliance), which cut the country off from almost all external trade, the forced poverty and acceptance of a military state. Those kind of things.”

    Are those things in the constitution of North Korea? I confess I haven’t read their constitution, though obviously you have. Please do inform me of its contents and authorship.

  8. “you’d hope the countries that do have an inpired constitution would do something about that kind of atrocity.”

    You mean the way the US has been containing North Korea for the past half century? That kind of doing something?

  9. “What precisely are the Americans ‘containing’? “

    Wow. I must have been wrong in thinking that North Korea had a history of aggression against the South, and trying to spread all the joys of their system to other lands. Go figure–those darn history books fool me every time.

  10. If you don’t think the US has played a major role in turning back North Korean aggression, I can’t help you.

    By the way, what does any of this have to do with inspired and uninspired constitutions?

  11. OK, but I’m still hoping you’ll explain what you meant in referring to the North Korean constitution. I haven’t read it. I don’t presume to know whether it was in any way inspired. So I want to know what parts of it are the parts we can definitely identify as uninspired. Will you show me those?

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