King Of Kings (1 of 3) by Stephen Whitney
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Men have always sought power over other men. Individuals have wanted to be in control and rule over others. Some have wanted
power to help others, but most of the time men have wanted power
to control the lives of others for their own good.
In the middle ages the kings of Europe developed a doctrine called
the Divine Right of Kings which stated that a king ruled according to the will of God, not the will of his subjects or parliament or any
other authority, but God himself. This doctrine also claimed that any attempt to depose a king or to restrict his powers was opposed
to the will of God.
King James I was the first Sovereign to reign over all of England, Scotland and Ireland at the same time beginning in 1603. He had
been a popular and successful monarch in Scotland for 35 years before he became king over all of Great Britain, but the same was
not true in England where he was not able to deal with the hostile
English Parliament and the House of Commons.
James believed in the Divine Right of Kings and wrote, "Kings
are God's lieutenants upon earth and sit upon God's throne. They
have power like God to make and unmake their subjects, they have
power of raising and casting down, of life and death, judges over
all their subjects and in all causes and only accountable to God."
James demonstrated his Divine Right of Kings when he declared
that the House of Commons had over stepped its bounds when
they requested him to abandon his alliance with Spain. They
protested and claimed the right to debate any matter relating to the welfare of the Kingdom. An angry King James ordered the protest to be torn out of the Commons Journal and dissolved Parliament.
James refused to allow the Puritans to be accepted as an official
religious group supported by the king, but he did agree to fulfill
one request by authorizing an official translation of the Bible
which ca ...
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