The Pros And Cons Of Divine Laws

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Divine laws are negative in nature. Most of God’s commands commence with “Thou Shalt Not!” For instance like ‘Thou shall not steal’. As laid down in the bible it stated repeatedly that Heavenly Father knows everything about us even numbering the hairs on our head and He cares for us in the most intimate way: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want ,” says the bible. If our Father commands us not to steal, the implication is obvious. It is as if He says: “My child, you have no need whatsoever to take anything that is not yours. I have made you just the way you are. I have given you everything necessary for your life. Live, learn, grow, strive and ‘reach for the gold’ but never reach for what is not your own !” Where as for man-made laws, they are positive in nature. For example government declares, “Thou shalt” with fines attached to increase government’s scope of power. One good illustration to this example can be seen under Section 379 of the Malaysian Penal Code whereby it stated that ‘Whoever commits theft shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine or with both, and for a second or subsequent offence shall be punished with imprisonment and shall also be liable to fine or to whipping. Hence it …show more content…

It was claimed that divine law provides a complete system of moral living in step with what it is to be human. If any law deflects from divine law, it is no longer a law but a perversion of law . Nevertheless this is not really the case because human laws can comprehend all those rules of conduct, which originate in the wisdom of man, individually or collectively considered and which are designed to regulate their behaviour to one another in a more limited or more enlarged societies and which are enforced by human authority and wordly sanctions . Human law is necessary as a remedy, partly to the generality and partly to the inefficacy of the divine

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