Affinity to divinity in humanity
"Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God."
– G. K. Chesterton, English theologian and philosopher
ALMOST all the ancient religious scriptures invoke divinity into government without being influenced by or resorting to extremism, hypocrisy or naivete as expounded by irresponsible interpretations from devious interpreters.
Scriptures have categorically identified a definite relationship between established government, governance and divinity.
The Babylonian Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC) fashioned a political and moral code that created a symbiotic relationship between divinity, law and justice. Hammurabi is credited with innovating and advancing the doctrine that “one is innocent until proven guilty.”
Ancient Iraq gave us the seeds of criminal law, and yet George W. Bush callously ignored this wisdom with his WMD propaganda that was quickly endorsed by Tony Blair and other NATO allies. So much for depravity.
Donald Trump, as a presidential nominee, observed that “America is a nation of believers, dreamers and strivers being led by cynics, critics and censors”. Republicans in America are said to be God-fearing. Others are God-smearing with their neo-religions that have wrought nation of pseudo-creators dedicated and committed to creating their own version of a supreme creator.
Divinity is omitted in Malaysia’s Federal Constitution (FC). All oaths of office do not end with a “. . . so help me God.” But our Agong is mentioned hundreds of times in the FC. The divine right of kings – rex non potest peccare (Latin) — the king can do no wrong — does translate to power and potency as evidenced in Articles 32, 33, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 55, 150 (FC) which grants our Agong vast and varied powers with the support and endorsement of the Conference of Rulers.
Surely this constitutional equation and formula defer to divinity impelling the doing of the right thing which hopefully becomes popular.
The fear of God is a divine caveat when and if one believes in eschatology — the final judgment during the hereafter. A very hard sell to those engaged in the dharma and karma of politics. Statistics show that 5.9 billion in this planet believe in a God, a Supreme Being, a Creator with hundreds of ethnocentric names and titles.
Unquestionably humanity’s affinity to divinity can be witnessed with hundreds of religious festivals celebrated with much pomp.