Obedience to Christ's commands is
the result of argued right reasoning and total freedom. While
disobedience to the same commands is subservience to the lust of the
In his journey to God, man must
avoid evil and do good. But to do this, he must be able to
distinguish good from evil.
St. Paul states that God's commands
are engraved in man's heart. And a true seeker of God can discover
this law in all its depth and fullness. But there are many obstacles
in discovering this law: one's own passion, the allurements of the
world, the illusions of the devil. So Christ instructed his
disciples to preach His commandments and how to observe them. .
.thus providing an external aid, preaching, to the internal aid, the
law of God in man's heart.
But both internal and external aids
are ineffective when confronted by the "pride of life" and
"love of money".
"The law of the Lord revives
the soul, the law of the Lord is certain, the law of the Lord
rejoices the heart, the law of the Lord is pure and enlightens the
The Church, therefore, preserves
with great respect the sources from whence she gets the commands of
Christ and how to interpret them--Sacred Scriptures and the
Tradition of the Fathers of the Church.
What does the Law of Christ require
of us? Firstly, to act in accordance to the nature of man because
man, due to his fallen nature, has been behaving below his nature,
oftentimes, even worse than the animals. Secondly, Christ commands
us to go above the nature of man, i.e., to live like angels.
By being human, man escapes the
bestiality of his fallen nature "From the beginning it was not
so." By being angelic, he leaves his human nature "to be
like angels," which is Christ's reason for becoming
Incarnate--"That men might become gods."