This topic spawned from ideas in the Mumbai thread. This topic is not about which religion is superior to which, as that is just a question begging for trouble. The idea to debate here is how do religious organizations reconcile the idea of the separation of Church and State with their belief in the omnipotence of God?
To put it into perspective, there exist two types of laws to these religious organizations; those that are divinely ordained and those that were placed by man. To them, the laws of God should be infallible and are actually what is best to govern humans by. Their logic comes from the fact that God created us and thus he knows what is best for us and has thus ordained for us laws that would be most ideal for us. On the other hand, they would say that man made laws are fallible in the most crude of fashion. They would argue that you could not possibly let the monkeys in an observational zoo decide what to do for themselves, lest they eventually destroy themselves. We as their caretakers should decide with our superior reasoning abilities what is best for them. This is where the argument comes from that it should be hard to reconcile the ideas of divine law with that of the fallible man made codes.
The idea for the separation between Church and State isnít as new as we think it is. You can trace it back down to Emperor Constantine and maybe even further. When Constantine saw people of his empire entering Christianity in droves, he decided to make it his new state religion. Besides doing that, he still governed the way he always did, and did not allow the priests and the hierarchy of the church to do the ruling or allow them to participate in governmental proceedings. He just took on the religion for his own political gains, and then went on to add some of the peopleís earlier pagan rituals into the belief system. Anyway, this is beside the point and was just there to show that the Separation between religion and government isnít as new or progressive an idea as we believe.
Again the question here is how do these religions reconcile with the two conflicting natures or the regulations that they are presented with? I know most of the religions will teach their members to go along with the laws as long is it does not force you to violate your own religious beliefs. I like this because I hate the idea of people shoving their beliefs down my throat. None the less, how do they deal with this in a logical/philosophical matter? Because to claim the superiority of the divine laws and yet then submit to the laws of man and follow them above the laws of God should constitute some sort of Logical fallacy in their argument for the omnipotence of God.
What do you think about this and how could they reconcile using logic and reason?
Remember, this is not a thread about religions and which one is better, that will just turn bitter, this is about a logical fallacy in the belief system and submitting to the separation of Church and State.