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Salvation and law

  1. What is the difference between unlawful and illegal?
  2. The salvation of man

Common Law: the term is of English origin and is used to describe the juridical principles and general rules regulating the possession, use and inheritance of property and the conduct of individuals, the origin of which is not definitely known[1], which have been observed since a remote period of antiquity, and which are based upon immemorial usages and the decisions of the law courts as distinct from the lex scripta; the latter consisting of imperial or kingly edicts or express acts of legislation

From the Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09068a.htm

Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the prophets[2].

Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus Christ: ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill[3]

Matthew 5:17

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 13:34

It is easier for heaven and earth to come to an end than for one dot or one stroke of the Law to lose its force.

Luke 16:17, The New English Bible

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established[4]. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Romans 13:1, NIV

[1] It is curious that the Catholic Church should not definitely know that the English Common Law comes from the Bible.

[2] The same commandments are laid down in the Book of Mark, 12:28-32

[3] The Greek word used also means to ‘complete’.

[4] You only owe a duty to the authority of God or an authority following God’s Law