"These, having not the law, are a law unto themselves."

The Bible, Romans 2:14

Law is credited with installing and sustaining peace, order and good government in society without which we would have a prompt and bloody return to our natural state of anarchy.

Left without effective law, history tells us that man evolves into small territorial kingdoms ruled by whatever level of ruthless force and intimidation is needed to sustain the leader.

Paul the ApostleRomans 2 purports to be a letter from Jesus' apostle Paul to the Romans at large.

It is a long letter which starts in Romans 1 and continues in Romans 2. In the New Living Translation of the New Testament, Paul admonishes the Romans for a variety of conduct he found to be objectionable, including homosexuality.

From Romans 2:14:

"... the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves."

"The law" is Mosaic law.

Paul lived from about 6-67 AD.

He was not one of the original 12 apostles and likely never met Jesus in person although those who interpret the Bible literally maintain that he did since the Book does suggest that Paul met a resurrected Jesus Christ.

Where and how Paul died has never been clearly established. Some books suggest he was martyred in Rome during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero.

Above, a reproduction of the Rembrandt painting "The Apostle Paul", made in about 1657.

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