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1955. The “divine and natural” law6shows man the way to follow so as to practice the good and attain his end. the natural law states the first and essential precepts which govern the moral life. It hinges upon the desire for God and submission to him, who is the source and judge of all that is good, as well as upon the sense that the other is one’s equal. Its principal precepts are expressed in the Decalogue. This law is called “natural,” not in reference to the nature of irrational beings, but because reason which decrees it properly belongs to human nature:

Where then are these rules written, if not in the book of that light we call the truth? In it is written every just law; from it the law passes into the heart of the man who does justice, not that it migrates into it, but that it places its imprint on it, like a seal on a ring that passes onto wax, without leaving the ring.7

The natural law is nothing other than the light of understanding placed in us by God; through it we know what we must do and what we must avoid. God has given this light or law at the creation.8


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

518. How is justice and solidarity among nations brought about?

569. How can vocal prayer be described?

213. How can one reconcile the existence of hell with the infinite goodness of God?

47. Who is the Holy Spirit revealed to us by Jesus Christ?

530. What are the other requirements for purity?

506. What does the seventh commandment require?

371. Are the passions morally good or bad?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

The Creation of the Universe and Man: What Does the Book of Genesis Teach Us? (Genesis 1:1-31)

What is the importance of humility and repentance according to the book of Baruch?

What is the meaning of the “True Vine” metaphor in John 15:1-8?

What was King Belshazzar’s judgment and how did his fall contribute to the fulfillment of biblical prophecies in Daniel 5?

What is the message of Abdias 1:11 about Edom’s injustice and oppression of the weak?

What is the importance of faith in the Christian life, according to the Bible?

The Woman and the Dragon: The Struggle Between Good and Evil (Revelation 12:1-17)