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De Lege Dei

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It is from the law of God that one can learn how much man, after the fall into sin, suffers from the failure of the powers of his free choice, and how great his misery is. In Holy Scripture "law" is used with different meanings, and firstly for anything that has been instituted by God. Hence the word "law" is applied to the teaching of the New Testament as well as the Old Testament. The word is used with particular meaning for moral law, ceremonial law, or forensic law. As a metonym of the subject, it is used for the books of Moses that contain the teaching of the law, as in Luke 24:44. According to the diversity of its closely related principles, this law is divided into natural law, human laws, and divine laws.

Keywords: divine laws; free choice; Holy Scripture; human laws; law of God; natural law; New Testament; Old Testament

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