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THE NATURAL LAW

The very fact that we exist and have a human nature places us in this world, and
by our very existence we have relationships! We have a relationship to God, to
others, to ourselves and to the world. We are judged by our actions and relationships.
. The Natural Law is the expression of God's Eternal Law.
God is the one objective source of morality. The first principle of
the Natural Law is to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. The Natural Law teaches
us to do good and shun evil (First Peter 3:11).
St. Peter reminds us in the Acts of the Apostles: We must obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:29

Both the prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament and St. Paul in the New Testament of the Bible
refer to a natural law that God has written in the hearts of men:

St. Augustine defined God's eternal law as "the reason or the will of God, who
commands us to respect the natural order and forbids us to disturb it." St. Thomas Aquinas
calls the natural law "the human participation in God's eternal law." Aquinas wrote about
faith and reason, which are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the
contemplation of truth. Through faith we assent to Divine Revelation, and through reason
people naturally understand some basic practical principles, which he calls the "primary
principles of the natural law." Aquinas continues that "every law made by man can be
called a law insofar as it is derived from the natural law. But if it is somehow opposed
to the natural law, then it is not really a law, but a corruption of the law."

Our Declaration of Independence speaks of God our Creator and the Natural Law, that
every man has certain unalienable rights, namely, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of
happiness. Thomas Jefferson recognized that we have freedom and dignity as human
beings because we are creatures of God.

more on The Natural Law
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summa_The ... ise_on_Law
The Summa Theologiae (written 1265–1274
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