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THE HUMAN RACE is haunted by the idea of doing whatis right In the first five chapters of Mere Christianity CS Lewisdiscusses the fact that people are always referring to some standard ofbehavior that they expect other people to know about People are alwaysdefending themselves by arguing that what they have been doing does notreally go against that standard or that they have some special excuse forviolating itWhat they have in mind is a law of fair play or a rule of decent behaviorDifferent people use different labels for this law--traditional moralityor the Moral Law the knowledge of right and wrong or Virtue or the WayWe choose to call it the Natural Law This law is an obvious principle thatis not made up by humans but is for humans to observe Lewis claims thatall over the earth humans know about this law and all over the earth theybreak it he further claims that there is Something or Somebody According to Lewis we find out more about God from Natural Law thanfrom the universe in general just as we find out more about a person bylistening to his conversation than by looking at a house he built We cantell from Natural Law that the Being behind the universe is intensely interestedin fair play unselfishness courage good faith honesty and truthfulnessHowever the Natural Law does not give us any grounds for assuming thatGod is soft or indulgent Natural Law obliges us to do the straight thingno matter how painful or dangerous or difficult it is to do Natural Lawis hard It is as hard as nails Mere Christianity 23This last sentence also appears as the central thought in Lewiss movingpoem Love In the first stanza he tells us how love is as warmas tears in the second how it is as fierce as fire in the third howit is as fresh as spring And in the final stanza he tells us how love isas hard as nailsLoves
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