Both the Old and New Testament of the Bible have provided mankind with the social principles that have supported the development of democratic values.

Elected Government

The principles of shared leadership and consultation can be seen in such passages as Exodus 18:13-23, Acts 15:6-22.

The Rule of Law

Romans 13 gives a clear commandment for ‘every soul’ to be subject to government authority.

Equal Rights for All Before the Law

The equality of mankind is affirmed in passages such as Colossians 3:11.

Freedom of Religion

The Christian Worldview is adamant that Jesus Christ is both creator and saviour of the world and there are no other Gods. However, following Christ and becoming a citizen of Heaven is clearly presented as individual choice in the New Testament. The writers of the New Testament spend large amounts of time exhorting the Church to be faithful to their calling in Christ while at the same time reminding the Church to treat well those who do not hold to their beliefs.

Freedom of Speech and Association and the Values of Openness and Tolerance.

The activity of the Apostles in the New Testament was carried on in an environment where they were often stopped from speaking or were imprisoned. The impact and injustice of oppression is clearly understood to be undesirable. The tone of letters such as the one Paul wrote to the Ephesians is that we should live together in mutual understanding. Parables told by Jesus such as The Prodigal Son only further support the notion that the human journey through life requires an element of choice which can only be achieved through the ability to voice opinion and have freedom of movement.

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