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Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Take on Natural Law

This evening I want to write briefly about my take on natural law.  The fundamental question is does a fundamental, unalterable law exist that is not subject to any variation because of the epoch or the culture?  Another question is, if it exists, is it a human or divine creation?  The last question is a matter of faith, if you believe that man is a divine creation, then any fundamental law can be attributed to the divine.  If you don't believe in the divine, but still believe that humans must or should obey fundamental principles, then you can say that humans must be in harmony with certain fundamental principles that have a natural foundation, much like the law of gravity.

For me this is the law of love.  What I mean by this is that for man to be effective he must abide by behavior that creates the fruit of the spirit--"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law" (Galatians 5: 22-23).  "Against such things there is no law" because this represents the fundamental natural law.  The natural law must be a positive coping mechanism for humans to deal effectively with nature and each other.  Natural law could not be natural and at the same time set against the wellbeing of humanity.  Only the law of love sustains the enrichment of man and his efforts.  Love can be seen on a fundamental level as a stance of empathy (both emotionally and rationally) for other humans and human processes and for nature itself.  Love is respectful, yet objective.

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