Burning Bushes, Smoking Mountains, and the Law

"Whether God will bless or curse directly, or whether blessings or curses are merely consequences of the human ability (or not) to follow the righteous laws has been a matter of great debate among scholars and theologians. Some Jews and Christians have argued that God blesses and curses directly, while others note—in a much more Stoic manner—that the Natural Law demands the goodness and order presented in the rules and needs no enforcement at a supernatural level. History has certainly proven that ordered societies, ordered polities, and ordered families thrive, while disordered societies, disordered polities, and disordered families tend toward a quick and harsh abyss. Even as the pagan philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, understood, order in the soul is reflected in the order of the polis."