Divine law

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Divine law is any law that supposedly comes directly from the "will of God" in contrast to man-made law. Unlike natural law, which is independent of human beings, divine laws are totally dependent on human narrators and closely related to different cultures; they may change in human perception in time through new revelation. Divine law is commonly equated[by whom?] with eternal law, meaning that if God is infinite, then his law must also be infinite and eternal.


In Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Law, divine law comes only from revelation or scripture, hence biblical law, and is necessary for human salvation. According to Aquinas, divine law must not be confused with natural law. Divine law is mainly and mostly natural law, but it can also be positive law.

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