Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Truth From Roman

on October 1, 2012

… the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true. (Alma 29:8)

A loving and wise Heavenly Father teaches each nation the truths that nation is willing to learn. Rome was one of the nations of the Earth. So far as we know, Romans did not get a chance to learn of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior until after the Lord’s resurrection. The Lord sent Peter to teach the Gospel to a Roman named Cornelius as recorded in Acts chapter ten. Generations before that time, there were some among the Romans who wanted to learn some truths and the Lord responded by raising up “of their own nation and tongue” a man named Marcus Tullius Cicero. We have no sign that Cicero ever had any priesthood so it would be an exaggeration to label him a prophet, but when you read some of the things Cicero taught his countrymen, we think you will agree that he was an inspired teacher. We appreciate W. Cleon Skousen and those who wrote the sources that Doctor Skousen draws from for the following quotations of Cicero. Doctor Skousen’s book, The Five Thousand Year Leap, is of great value as a summary of the ideas of America’s Founding Fathers and the sources they drew from. Cicero wrote-

True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions….It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge, Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst punishment (quoted in W. Cleon Skousen, The Five Thousand Year Leap, p 40)

One of the most important ideas of the People’s Party is that there are moral standards. These standards are eternal, universal and objective. Any effort to alter the divinely appointed standards of good and evil is a sin as Cicero says. We introduce you here to the words of an ancient Roman leader, Cicero, to point out that truths of value to citizens of the United States in the twenty-first century are available from classical Greco-Roman republicanism.  It is a pity that most modern Americans have only heard of Romans under the rule of tyrannical emperors, the period of Roman history after Cicero’s assassination in 43 BC and the fall of the Roman Republic. The Romans we meet in the New Testament are people who have lost the freedom and self-government their ancestors had.

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