by Anna Von Reitz
People are very confused about how religions create the vast bulk of the ‘law” we encounter so I have recently delved into the subject a bit and pointed out that except for Natural Laws like the Law of Gravity or Thermodynamics, all law comes from religion because religion is where — for whatever reasons — mankind has defined what is “wrong” and what is “right”.
As discussed in a recent article, the Law of the Land in the western world is defined by the Law of Moses, specifically the Ten Commandments, which are known as the Moral Law, and the Christian and Islamic variations that derive from Mosaic Law are also part of the Law of the Land tradition by inheritance of this foundational Moral Law. This is why many courthouses had (and many still do have) art depicting Moses receiving the stone tablets containing the Moral Law. It is upon this Law that our nation-states are founded and that The Constitution is part of.
The international Law of the Sea derives instead from other very ancient religions of the Middle East, most especially the religion of Ancient Summer, which involved worship of the god of the Sea, known as Satan to the Hebrews and Poseidon to the Greeks, the god with “one eye”, as opposed to two, the Father of All Lies, the Great Hunter, the Accuser, and various other guises. It also involves worship of Satan’s wife, Ashtoreth, the Mother of all Harlots and inventor of idolatry— graven images and money. As an off-shoot of this religion we have Hammurabi’s Code, which made the first attempt to codify the ancient Law Merchant — the Law of the Sea as it pertained to merchant transactions.
Here, then, in very broad strokes are the two jurisdictions — national jurisdiction of the land and the Law of the Land, and international jurisdiction of the sea and the Law of the Sea, one based on the Moral Law of Moses, one based on Sex, Death, and Rock and Roll.
It is expedient at this point to discuss contracts versus covenants.
Covenants are contracts made by God. There are eight such covenants in the Bible, two that are conditional “If you….then I……” covenants, and six unconditional, unilateral promises that “I will” do this or that, without regard for any action taken by men. Covenants are universally true and reliable because God is competent to make contracts. He lives forever. He has the power to do what He wants. He can deliver. And God doesn’t lie.
So there you have it, the reason that covenants which are contracts made by God are valid.
And you now also know why contracts— which are covenants made by Mankind– are not.
It is initially a very disturbing thought for most people that absolutely none of the contracts they have ever signed, none of the agreements they have ever made—-none of them—are valid.
If we are honest we must lament with the Prophet Jeremiah that we can’t even control a single step. We start out in the morning planning to do one thing and do six others instead. We plan to build a house on the seashore and get cancer instead. We count our money from the beet crop, and a flood washes it away. We build a temple we think will last forever, and the Romans raze it to the ground. We start out as a histologist and become a judge instead.
As my Mother said, “Life is funny…..”
Nothing we propose ever quite seems to go exactly the way we intend, and rough hew things as we might, there is a nagging feeling at the bottom of our stomach, an inconvenient suspicion that quickly turns to certainty if we think about it—–that everything about our lives is actually dependent on factors that we don’t individually control. Whether we succeed or fail, whether our intentions manifest as reality or not, isn’t up to us. Even with our very best intentions and most strenuous efforts, we are limited and dependent.
We are dependent on the sun rising in the morning, on rain clouds coming or going, governments rising or falling, other people remembering to flip on their turn signals—-a whole massive, incalculable, complex-beyond-imagination matrix of conditions and interactions that we live in– and don’t control.
As a result, any contract we make is just an expression—- at best—- of our guesses about the future and good faith intentions at any moment in time. It’s a “promise and a wink”—- or, if my Mother is involved, a promise and a rolling of the eyes toward the ceiling, implying, “Help me, God, this is what I want to do…..please help me carry through and make good on it….”
This is why it was once very common for people to add the phrase, “God willing” to everything they said or proposed to do. Earlier generations were better equipped and better educated to consciously appreciate and admit the Truth about our weakness and vulnerability and lack of control, which in turn informed their resistence to forming any contracts and also their reluctance to ever dabble in any form of credit.
My Mother, at 96, has never had a credit card. And never will. It’s all cash on the barrel head. Either buy it, or don’t. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. It’s hard enough to control what you reasonably have control of—- your own thoughts, feelings, and desires — without trying to control things you can’t even make a dent in — exchange rates, the price of oil, and whether or not your heart keeps beating.
Our house was built by my Father and his friends working on nights and weekends. It was built in stages, often months apart, while he accumulated materials and saved up money and prepared for each step: dig the hole for the basement, buy the tools and cement blocks for the foundation…. For many years after our own house was built, Dad spent his nights and weekends helping his friends and neighbors do the same thing. Nobody ever had a mortgage. They built “as they could”— that is, as their own resources and labor and skills would allow. The bank never saw their shadows cross the door except to make deposits and withdrawals from private accounts.
And of course, the bank didn’t like that. Not much business or profit for them. So they spooled up the whole credit card industry and everyone got on the bandwagon, promising their lives away, buy today, pay tomorrow—–some purely theoretical “tomorrow” that never comes, or at least never comes the way we expect it.
It has been a giant reprise of the bank actions of the 1920’s—- turn loose the flood taps of “easy credit”, seduce everyone into “over-extending” themselves, then cut off the flow of currency, let the whole balloon collapse, and then go in and buy everything up for pennies on the dollar, pay men almost nothing for their labor, have a good, old-fashioned Banker’s Holiday, and then convince the victims that it is all their fault.
After all, you didn’t have to accept all that easy credit and bet on “tomorrow”. You know or have cause to know what your limitations are and even if your expectations were reasonable given the conditions at the time you signed the dotted line, you actually did something so foolish as promising to pay a mortgage for thirty years when you can’t even guarantee what you will be doing at ten o’clock tomorrow morning.
The bankers have a point. There’s just one problem. They have cause to know all the same things you do. They know that no contracts made by Mankind are valid. They extended all that “credit” in hopes of making an usurious profit— eventually making you pay back five, six, or even ten times what you “borrowed” to build your house—- and they have no excuse for their actions. In fact, with their superior knowledge and bad faith and self-interest and ill-intent and false advertising from the beginning, they are the ones bearing primary liability for all mortgages and all mortgage failures. And all credit card debts. And all car loans. And all college debts.
To be brutally honest, there can be no such debts at all, because there are no valid contracts.
And everyone involved in making contracts knows –or has cause to know —that this is true.
This is fully reflected in the fact that a “loan” is not a “debt” or even evidence of a debt.
Now that you know that no contract you ever signed is valid and know why, you can, if you will, break any contract ever conceived of and the most anyone including the judges can say is, “Go, and do not sin again….”
This is, in fact, what the Jubilee Year is all about.