“It is evident that all human beings – as creatures belonging to the same species and rank and born indiscriminately with all the same natural advantages and faculties – are equal amongst themselves. They have no relationship of subordination or subjection unless God (the lord and master of them all) had clearly set one person above another and conferred on him an undoubted right to dominion and sovereignty.”
His arguments come straight from the Bible.
God shows no partiality to any man, considering them all to be equal since He made them all and loves them all equally as His children: Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Galatians 2:6, Colossians 3:11, Galatians 3:28, Deuteronomy 10:17, 2 Chronicles 19:7, Job 34:19, and Acts 10:34.
God wants us all to treat each other equally as well, giving respect to EVERYONE no matter what they look like nor how rich, poor, powerful, or powerless they are: Deuteronomy 1:17, Proverbs 18:5, Proverbs 24:23, Proverbs 28:21, 1 Timothy 5:21, and James 2:1-9.
It is this viewpoint of equality before God that our founders took when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was not some kind of super genius that thought up these ideas by himself. He did not write the Declaration of Independence by himself, although he was the chief writer of it. But he was simply borrowing the ideas for the document from the Bible and from John Locke who, in turn, had gotten his ideas from the Bible as well. As our founders wrote in the Declaration of Independence, our rights derive from “Nature and Nature’s God.” Since these rights come directly from God, they belong to us automatically. No king or legislature can rightfully take away these rights. They belong to us and cannot EVER be taken from us. Additionally, this idea of Gods laws being stamped upon nature itself is an idea that the Greeks revealed to us as they discovered it from observation of nature and the various orderly laws that govern the universe, first through Plato and Aristotle. And it is this natural law, God’s law stamped on nature itself, that Romans 1:20 is referring to.
The “invisible attributes” in Romans 1:20 are the laws of nature and the evidence of a Tremendously Loving Creator in the amazing complexity and order seen throughout nature and the universe even down to the smallest bits of subatomic particle or the smallest of cellular organisms that make up the world which we see and experience. The Ancient Greeks sensed that there was a God by their intellectual observations of the incredible order, complexity, and beauty of the universe. Many Native Americans even sensed this God from Nature, as they followed a “Great Spirit” before we “civilized” them with our ways and our knowledge. This is proof of Romans 1:20, that, even people living in a natural, rustic state without access to our Scriptures or our modern knowledge, can discover that there is a God as they see evidence of His Creativity, Order, and Love stamped on nature itself. Living simple lives in nature, they could clearly see and feel that there was a Loving God somewhere out there that was providing food for them, either in the animals that they killed and ate, or the fish that they pulled from the waters, or from the bountiful, delicious foods that could be brought from the ground.
They sensed and understood even in their natural state that all this bounty, beauty, and order could not simply be an accident (which makes these simple people much smarter than the Darwinian evolutionists who want us to believe such absurdities as: accidents resulting in higher order or synchronized events in nature just serendipitously happening without any force of causation). In arriving at the knowledge of a Great Spirit, you have to admire the Native Americans for seeing in their natural state what many in our modern world just can’t seem to see due to their own pride or willful ignorance, refusing to even consider the evidence of God.
I pray that you will enjoy fellowship with Our Tremendously Loving God today and every day.