Ignorance of the Law Excuses Someone

2/11/2017 78 Comments

Ignorance of law excuses someone

God is the prime executor of justice on earth (Jeremiah 9:24).

“…But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

In God’s justice, the worst crime done ignorantly, especially of unbelievers, is pardonable (1 Tim 1:13).

“Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.”

Unpardonable crimes are those willfully committed after having fully received the knowledge of truth (Hebrews 10:26).

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins…”

Genuine repentance is the only thing needed for absolution (Proverbs 28:13).

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

Confession must be done, firstly, to God, then to the offended party (Psalms 32:5; James 5:16).

“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

To merit God’s pardon, we have to learn how to forgive our offenders (Matthew 6:14-15).

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Therefore, ignorance is pardonable.

In the truest sense of God’s justice, no biblically inclined mind and thinking will conform to the internationally accepted fallacy of human principle on laws Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.

The principle states, “Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith”.

The primary logical question is: How can you comply with a law you do not know?

The lawyer Apostle Paul said, where there is no law, sin cannot be imputed (Romans 4:15).

“Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.” 

“Because the law brings punishment from God. Where no law exists, there can be no sin” 

God’s law is just and is the formidable bastion of justice (Romans 7:12).

“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”

Is it justice being served if somebody is being prosecuted for an offense based on a law not known to him?

There is a provision in the fiber of the Philippine jurisprudence, and in most civilized countries of the world, known as the “Blackstone’s formulation”.

“In criminal law, Blackstone’s formulation (also known as Blackstone’s ratio or the Blackstone ratio) is the principle: “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”, expressed by the English jurist William Blackstone in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s.”

If, because of an innocent person, it is better to set free ten criminals, will it be prudent and just to prosecute a real innocent person because of his non-compliance with a law he is ignorant of?

In my opinion, it sounds stupid!

I am not a lawyer by profession. I am nothing; but my knowledge about God’s law and justice obliges me to say that these two principles in international law utterly contradict each other. I am reminded of a verse in the book of Job that says:

“The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?”

It is noticeably ridiculous that the symbol of justice in almost all courts or law is a blindfolded woman with a balance on her hand.

In the Holy Book, it is influence and money that covers the eyes of an unjust judge (Exodus 23:8).

“And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.”

“Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man…” (Luke 18:2)

I hope all judges will be just.

Pardon my ignorance of your laws!

Sincerely in Christ,

Bro. Eli Soriano

78 comments:

  1. Thanks be to God for this wonderful and biblical blog!

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  2. Thanks be to God for His compassion and ever-loving heart.

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  3. Tunay nga na kaawa awa ang mga taong nakukulong dahil sa kamangmangan sa batas. Salamat sa Dios sa blog na ito! To God be the Glory!

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  4. that is also my prayer mr.controversyX...ihopeAlljudgesWillBeJust

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  5. The Blackstone’s formulation may seem good in the standards of man, but as always, God's law is the best. Learned a lot of love and mercy from this blog! Thanks for the good read, Mr. Controversy! Looking forward for more blog entries.

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  6. "God's law is just and is the formidable bastion of justice."
    To God be the glory!

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  7. February 11 2017

    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXCUSES SOMEONE

    Another timely blog of Bro.Eli.  Having read this blog opened another portal of my subconscious from the stereotypical belief and the popular expression...IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXCUSES NO ONE. This blog is logically biblical and grammatically appropriate.

    How can one be judged and accused of trespassing on a mountain if there was no sign or warning? Can you accuse someone of stealing in the jungle? The premise of the bible on this is clear. Luke 12:48 of the English Standard Version Bible --
    " But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. "

    Thanks be to God for another very informative blog Bro.Eli.
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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  8. February 11 2017

    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXCUSES SOMEONE

    Another timely blog of Bro.Eli.  Having read this blog opened another portal of my subconscious from the stereotypical belief and the popular expression...IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXCUSES NO ONE. This blog is logically biblical and grammatically appropriate.

    How can one be judged and accused of trespassing on a mountain if there was no sign or warning? Can you accuse someone of stealing in the jungle? The premise of the bible on this is clear. Luke 12:48 of the English Standard Version Bible --
    " But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. "

    Thanks be to God for another very informative blog Bro.Eli.
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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  9. God is God of Justice!thanks bro.eli

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  10. "God is the prime executor of justice". God forgives. We must know also how to forgive our fellow who sins against us especially when sin is done unwillingly and just due to ignorance. Thanks be to God!

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  11. Unparalleled love compassion and mercy...Full of Grace oh God of Israel!!!!

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  12. I remember Bro. Eli taught us about forgiveness and mentioned Acts 6-8, 13 wherein the gist is that Stephen, like the Lord Jesus Christ prayed to the Father for forgiveness to his murderers for they know not what they were doing. And this is logical and reasonable to be written by a witness himself, St. Paul who was called then as a young man, Saul, who consented to St. Stephen's death.

    Acts 7 (KJV)

    57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

    58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Acts 8 (KJV)

    8 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

    St. Paul even relayed what St. Stephen explained how they and their fathers were stiff-necked and disobedient to God, in the Law He gave to Moses:

    Acts 7 (KJV)

    41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

    47 But Solomon built him an house.

    48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

    49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

    50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

    51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

    52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

    53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

    54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    And now here in the Philippines, there are religious organization who established their own schemes for business profit and self interest! Imagine how the Catholic Church continued idolatry; whilst another one divine their temples made by their own hands! May God open their eyes as well to the truth in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God! May they see Bro. Eli's face through the words he preaches from the Holy Bible, then have a change of heart to do good than evil with God's help.

    Acts 6 (KJV)

    5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

    6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

    15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

    May God bless, Bro. Eli to continue preaching the Truth all around the world. Thnaks be to God!

    #GodisAGodOfJustice

    Luke 23:24 (KJV)

    Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

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  13. The reason why they have the maxim "ignorantia legis neminem excusat" is because man has no capacity to read the hearts and minds of another man. Human judges has no capacity to determine whether a person is only feigning ignorance about the law he violated (which is easy to do). A murderer will simply say before the human judge that he is not aware that there is such a law prohibiting murder, and when the judge has been convinced, based from his own judgment, that such person is not aware of the law, he can conveniently go away with murder. Imagine all criminals have such privilege to get away with their crimes simply by saying that they are not aware of the law they violated. For practical reasons, ignorance of the law cannot be used as an excuse. That is, before human judges.

    But you cannot feign ignorance before God. He knows well if you really know the law or not. He can penetrate through the hearts and minds of men which can be concealed before human judges.

    In fact, there are things which are too obvious, like secret recordings which an ordinary person would conclude that the crime has been committed indeed, but the courts will instead disregard because the evidence is not admissible and/or prohibited to be used as evidence. But God does not need some man to testify for another man, or to obtain some evidence, considering that we are "manifest in his sight" and are "naked and opened unto the eyes of him". His capacity enables Him to allow our ignorance as a reason to be excused, for He is capable of assessing our minds and hearts if we really know the law or not.

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  14. Thanks be to God for this awesome blog of Mr Controversy X for educating many people the true meaning of justice to God.

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  15. This is very logically written, Brother Eli. Thanks be to God!

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  16. God is truly a God of justice that has a empathetic heart!

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  17. God's justice is far more than the justice of men...

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  18. ...God`s justice is different from man`s justice...the professional fee being charged to a sick brother by the physician is man`s justice which is different from the free service provided by the physician to a sick brother...especially when free service is provided to a sick brother because of love to God...such is God`s justice...

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  19. ...practicing God`s justice to a brother is sublime! how? facilitate forgiveness, mercy,understanding and love to an erring brother...always...

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  20. Any, way there comes a time, God's justice will prevail.

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  21. Forgiving others fault may mean that we are also practicing justice firstly in the sight of God and man but always God's justice is the best among that of men to God be the glory!!!! Thanks be to God Mr.Controversy for such a wonderful blog

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  22. God is truly understanding and merciful.thanks be to God!

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  23. In the Holy Book, it is influence and money that covers the eyes of an unjust judge (Exodus 23:8).

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  24. Thanks be to God for another informative blog!

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  25. God is Justice. Thanks be unto God!

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  26. In my opinion, justice is served correctly in the courts of law if the prosecution, defense, and judgement are not tainted by the power of influence and greed of money. Thanks be to God!

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  27. God knows every intention of heart of every person. No one is able to hide anything in the sight of our Creator. Between ourselves anyone can lie to escape responsibility over mistake. It's a good thing to know our weaknesses. May be the law that states, "ignorance of the law excuses no one", is the best thing to do for us to discourage anyone to lie. This blog teaches us the right thing to do.

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  28. Amen! A million thanks to God for this blog. =)

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  29. Our ignorance as a man to the righteousness of God gives us the mercy of the almighty to forgive us our unintentional mistakes we have done even if we died on it. My thoughts comes up with the story in the bible to cities that were mention in the past, comparing to an enlighten members but turn back to the holy calling of God. Definitely, this is on His mercy. I can only relate what the bible says and bro. Eli.

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  30. Nguni't may kapatawarang taglay ka, upang ikaw ay katakutan.Psalms 130:4
    #GodIsAGodOfJustice

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  31. Salamat sa Dios! You are the most knowledgeable man of God's laws in this generation!

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  32. Most lawmakers of the land were ignorant of the law of God in the scripture!

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  33. Isiah 55:8
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

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  34. This is the real teaching about forgiveness. Thanks be to God!

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  35. Thanks be to God for a very informative and sensible blog.

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  36. This blog explained the uniqueness of God's justice to all men. I realized how love of God stands out of all the act of love that I have seen in my life. Thanks be to God and I am looking forward to read your upcoming blog posts.

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  37. the learned from this earth practices justice not congruent to the learned from heaven but both are given the chance to survive and live a long life...

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  38. ...the fool thinks he knows everything but the wise knows he knows nothing...

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  39. One can trully realized that Gods Justice is Fair compare to the justice that man can do...the Justice of God will endure forever! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

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  40. salamat sa Dios na karunungan buhat sa itaas , brod eli tunay po sa pangalan po ng panginoong hesukristo ipinagtiwala namin ang aming kaluluwa dahil po sa aral na naririnig namin sa udyok ng espiritu santo

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  41. ...justice of man is corruptible, justice of GOD is a perfect justice. thanks be to GOD for this another informative article.

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  42. Our hope is that God knows our intentions if we do according to the will of our Lord. Our ignorance saves us from justice of Almighty. It looks llike the more we don't know the better. Simple life as they say. No complications and simple responsibility. How will you like it?

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  43. Ignorance is not the same as foolishness. But to be foolish is when you ignore the wisdom of God and become ignorant to it. It depends on the intentions of the heart.

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  44. ignorance of the law excuses no one is a law accepted and facilitated by corrupt minded people...whose wisdom is this? of course the evil minded people and not the Christ minded people...

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  45. ...ignorance of the law excuses no one... became popular tenet in legal affairs...but it is very much contested and debatable up to now...perhaps these should be ratified...

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  46. narcissism is a stable reason why people tends to practice injustice...

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  47. ...give to others what they need...visit people who are in prison...make old people smile...hold the hand of the neglected people...but if true love {agape} is not connected to it...it is injustice to these people...

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  48. Well explained, Mr. Controversy! God is the true author of justice and in Him no one can escape since he can read our minds and hearts. Therefore, it is only fitting to say that ignorance excuses someone. Thanks be to God!

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  49. ...yes...yes...yes...God himself have faith to man and mankind...it is injustice if we do not give that kind of faith back to where it is due...to God Be The Glory...

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  50. Everyone can have justice.Not in man's belief in the eyes of God.No matter who or what you are we our all equal and deserve to get justice that we want.Faith is the key from what things is on our minds.We should learn to believe and trust him.Then all things we want will happen on time and with his will.

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  51. ...God`s justice; ignorance of the law excuses someone...is true justice...

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  52. ...ignorance of the law excuses someone...such is God`s wisdom...unfathomable indeed for those who cannot follow Jesus...and very interestingly proud for those who follow Jesus...

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  53. ...the ignoramus of the law of God deserves a place in heaven...and that is God`s justice...

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  54. ...do not worry of the injustice of man like discharging you from employment without a viable cause...God`s justice prevails and has a reason for such injustice you encountered for your own favor if you follow Jesus...e d wow!...

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  55. ...where no justice for you and me have experienced...it is but human justice ...let us thank God for His justice is divine...now I remember those people with juicy positions in the government or NGOs...who were corrupted and were used to practice law blindfolded...meaning they were corrupted with money and closed their eyes laying aside justice...

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  56. ...I see that Forgiveness is the essence of justice...

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  57. ...to survive a meaningful path in life following the path of Jesus Christ is severely obstructed by evil spirits and justice obstructed by corruption is not rarely observed...

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  58. ..."nasusulat"...God`s justice is found in the bible written as sermon of the mount...Matthew chapter 5...

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  59. ...this is my personal observation:the lawyer is needed to protect the truth...but the doctor is not needed to heal the sick...

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  60. ...there is justice for everyone in this earth... just love your enemies, our enemies..."marami po sila"...

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  61. ...a medical practitioner is a professional elite not an elitist where he thinks he has the right to order the nurse verbally or in writing to give a particular medicine to another doctor`s patient without the knowledge of the attending physician..."nasusulat" do not do unto others what you do not want others do unto you...a perfect admonition of the bible on how to be a professional..

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  62. ...without the law...the doctor cannot survive...without the doctor the lawyer can survive...

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  63. ...for the medical practitioner:see now that I,even I, am he,and there is no god with me: I kill,and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand...Deut. 32:39...so, where is the doctor now...?...simpling-simpli lang...walang hiwaga... dahil sinamahan siya ng dios ng sanlibutan...hehehe

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  64. ...civilization is bounded by law physically or spiritually...to have a peaceful life...give to Cesar what is for Cesar and give to God what is for God...

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