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Paul is very clear when he tells us, "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have bee...
The commandments have been summarized into two, viz., love God and love others as yourself. God wants us to follow secular laws that align with his commandments. It seems to me that speed limits are set for our safety and for others, even when they can be changed from 40-70 miles per hour depending on the area or State and time-period. Going beyond the speed limit does not reflect our concern for the safety of ourselves and others; there is no love in speeding. We need to show "our faith by our works", according to James.
Yes, speeding is a sin. According to James 4:17, He who knows how to do good and does it not, to him it a sin. Driving within stipulated speed limit in this instant can be said to represent doing good in that you are obeying state law. Over speeding or driving above speed limits is a sin because who ever does so has left the good that is expected of him.
I can obey the law and still be sinning. In our state the speed limit is maximum 75 minimum 40. I can pull up beside a slow truck and drive 50 and stay there blocking everyone behind me and still be within the law. But not the law of love for others. We can be just like the Pharasees at times and make one law higher than another law. The law of love is always right.
No, speeding is most definitely not a sin. That is to confuse civil law with God's law. You only sin if you break God's law. You do not sin when you break a country's laws. No country or government has the power to determine what is sinful behavior and what is not. Only God can do that. Some have argued that God wants us to obey civil law and point to Rom13 as evidence. But the civil law is not the same as God's law, and it is not equivalent. The civil law is sometimes contrary to God's law and as Christians we must follow the latter if it conflicts with the former. While the civil law might define what is criminal It is only God's law which has a moral imperative and it is only God's law that defines sin. So speeding, while it might be criminal is not sinful. Phil
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