being. Man fulfills it only when, in his moral as well as his rational being, he is the image of God.
Although the will from which the moral law springs is an expression of the nature of God and a necessary expression of that nature in view of the existence of moral beings, it is none the less a personal will. We should be careful not to attribute to the law a personality of its own. When Plutarch says: ?Law is king both of mortal and immortal beings,? and when we say: ?The law will take hold of you,? ?The criminal is in danger of the law,? we are simply substituting the name of the agent for that of the principal. God is not subject to law, God is the source of law and we may say ?If Jehovah be God, worship him; but if Law, worship it.?
Since moral law merely reflects God, it is not a thing made . Men discover laws, but they do not make them any more than the chemist makes the laws by which the elements combine. Instance the solidification of hydrogen at Geneva. Utility does not constitute law, although we test law by utility; see Murphy, Scientific Bases of Faith, 53-71. The true nature of the moral law is set forth in the noble though rhetorical description of Hooker: (Ecclesiastes Pol., 1:194) ? ?Of law there can be no less acknowledged than that her seat is in the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world. All things in heaven and earth do her homage, the very least as feeling her care and the greatest as not exempted from her power. Both angels and men and creatures of what condition soever, though each in a different sort and manner, yet all with uniform consent admiring her as the mother of their peace and joy.? See also Martineau, Types, 2:119, and Study, 1:35.
Curtis, Primitive Semitic Religions, 66, 101 ? ?The Oriental believes that God makes right by edict. Saladin demonstrated to Henry of Champagne the loyalty of his Assassins, by commanding two of them to throw themselves down from a lofty tower to certain and violent death.?
H. B. Smith, System. 192 ? ?Will implies personality and personality adds to abstract truth and duty the element of authority. Law therefore has the force that a person has over and above that of an idea.? Human law forbids only those offences, which constitute a breach of public order or of private right. God?s law forbids all that is an offence against the divine order, that is, all that is unlike God. The whole law maybe summed up in the words: ?Be like God.? Salter, First Steps in Philosophy, 101-126 ? ?The realization of the nature of each being is the end to be striven for. Self-realization is an ideal end, not of one being, but of each being, with due regard to the value of each in the proper scale of worth. The beast can be sacrificed for man. All men are sacred as capable of unlimited
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