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DIFFERENT KINDS OF LAW IN
RELATION TO OUR MANY DIFFERENT
ROLES
Natural Law
The “law of our nature as human persons”
The set of duties and responsibilities arising
from our essential dig...
Natural Law Characteristics
1. UNIVERSAL (FOR ALL)
2. UNITY AND INVARIABILITY (EQUAL)
3. IMMUTABILITY (CANNOT BE MODIFIED)
Moral Law
Governs every individual’s behavior. It contains
truth and ethical principles which guide
people’s conduct on ma...
Human Law
Deals with the juridical order of society, be it of
the state or of the Church
Laws enacted for the common good
Divine Law
• The law of God as revealed by the Sacred
Scripture
• OT, the divine law pertains to the Decalogue
• NT, the B...
Church Law
• Expressions of divine law in the concrete
circumstances of Christian Living
Civil Law
• Human-made laws to govern our various
relationships in the community
• Application of natural law in given soc...
DIVINE LAW- OLD TESTAMENT AND
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
• The Ten Commandments protected the true
freedom of Israelites by foun...
DIVINE LAW-NEW TESTAMENT: JESUS’
LAW OF LOVE AND BEATITUDES
• Two love commandments: Luke 10: 27
• Beatitudes: Eight bless...
Conclusion
As Christians, our ultimate moral law is not
merely a set of do’s and don’ts but thru a
person – Jesus Christ. ...
Different Kinds of Law
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Different Kinds of Law

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Different Kinds of Law

  1. 1. DIFFERENT KINDS OF LAW IN RELATION TO OUR MANY DIFFERENT ROLES
  2. 2. Natural Law The “law of our nature as human persons” The set of duties and responsibilities arising from our essential dignity as human persons • People are capable of knowing by their means of their reasons
  3. 3. Natural Law Characteristics 1. UNIVERSAL (FOR ALL) 2. UNITY AND INVARIABILITY (EQUAL) 3. IMMUTABILITY (CANNOT BE MODIFIED)
  4. 4. Moral Law Governs every individual’s behavior. It contains truth and ethical principles which guide people’s conduct on matters of right and wrong. It tells one how to act in relation to God and others.
  5. 5. Human Law Deals with the juridical order of society, be it of the state or of the Church Laws enacted for the common good
  6. 6. Divine Law • The law of God as revealed by the Sacred Scripture • OT, the divine law pertains to the Decalogue • NT, the Beatitudes, Sermon on the Mount • Jesus Christ’ two love commandments
  7. 7. Church Law • Expressions of divine law in the concrete circumstances of Christian Living
  8. 8. Civil Law • Human-made laws to govern our various relationships in the community • Application of natural law in given societies • This is the kind of law that we would automatically think of
  9. 9. DIVINE LAW- OLD TESTAMENT AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS • The Ten Commandments protected the true freedom of Israelites by founding their community on the fundamental values of true love and worship. • Christ came not to abolish the Ten Commandments but to fulfill and perfect them. • Today, the Ten Commandments clearly express our basic obligations toward God and neighbor
  10. 10. DIVINE LAW-NEW TESTAMENT: JESUS’ LAW OF LOVE AND BEATITUDES • Two love commandments: Luke 10: 27 • Beatitudes: Eight blessings that sketch for us what it means to be a truly loving person • Christ perfectly taught exercised authentic love by Teaching, Living and Sending His spirit of love
  11. 11. Conclusion As Christians, our ultimate moral law is not merely a set of do’s and don’ts but thru a person – Jesus Christ. Through His teachings and deeds, He has proclaimed that love of God and love of neighbor are the greatest commandments. To be authentically free is to follow Christ’s example, inspired and empowered from within by the Holy Spirit.

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