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The Natural Law, Given By God To All People

According to the Bible, there is such a thing as "The Natural Law." It is given by God to all people, written on our hearts so we instinctively know right from wrong.

                            The Natural Law       
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        14
               When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the
               law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though
               they do not have the law.
        15
               They show that what the law requires is written on their
               hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and
               their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them
        16
               on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the
               secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
         _____________________________________________________________
                                       Romans 2:14-16 (RSV)
       
The Natural Law cannot be written down, because nobody consciously knows exactly what it is. However, we have every reason to be believe that it is closely approximated by the most important commandments given in Bible, which are: The Great Commandment, The Ten Commandments, The Royal Law, and The Golden Rule.
THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
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       "First, love God your Creator more than anything
        else. Then, love all other people the same as you
        love yourself."
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                     (Based on Matthew 22:35-40, restated in Mark
                     12:28-31 and Luke 10:25-28. The idea of all people
                     as neighbors is explained in Luke 10:29-37)

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS 
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     1. "Do not put anything ahead of God your Creator."
     2. "Do not make or worship idols."
     3. "Do not take the name of God in vain."
     4. "Take one day of complete rest each week, in honor of God.
     5. "Honor your father and your mother."
     6. "Do not commit murder."
     7. "Do not commit adultery."
     8. "Do not steal."
     9. "Do not tell lies against anyone."
    10. "Do not covet other people's possessions."
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                    (Based on Exodus 20:1-17, restated in
                    Deuteronomy 5:6-22)


THE ROYAL LAW
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        "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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       If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture,
       "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.
       (James 2:8 RSV)
              "For all the law is fulfilled in one word,
               even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour 
               as thyself." (Galatians 5:14 KJV)
         This fulfills the Ten Commandments and all other commandments.
         God counts our love for others as if it were love for Himself,
         according to "The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats,"
         (Matthew 25:31-46).

THE GOLDEN RULE
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     "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
      --------------------------------------------------
                  (Based on Matthew 7:12, restated in Luke 6:31)
       This is the practical way which God has given us to put
       The Royal Law into effect in our everyday life. Thus by
       following The Golden Rule, we implement The Royal Law,
       which is the fulfillment of all God's laws for mankind.
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               And Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I perceive
               that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one
               who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him."
               (Acts 10:34-35 RSV)
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