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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

61- People's rights

 

St-Takla.org Image: United Nations Human Rights Council logo صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوجو الأمم المتحدة لـ حقوق الإنسان

St-Takla.org Image: United Nations Human Rights Council logo

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوجو الأمم المتحدة لـ حقوق الإنسان

Another meaning for truth is related to people's rights.

It is therefore said: Give everyone his right. And hence came the expression "human rights". Previously the Ministry of Justice was called "The Ministry of Lawful Rights" and the Faculty of Law in Arabic is called,

'Faculty of Rights' as the law relates to people's rights and obligations.

The opposite to the word "right" here is iniquity by which rights are lost.

It refers to what is due and what is not.

It refers to what one has the right to do and not to do, just as the thief on the right hand of the Lord on the cross said to the other thief, "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds" (Luke 23:41).

Hence also came the word "worthy to partake of the holy sacraments", or "eats in an unworthy manner" (1Cor. 11:27), that is, no one has the right to partake of the holy sacraments if they are not repentant and do not have purity of heart.

Perhaps this was what the lost son meant when he said to his father, "I.. am no longer worthy to be called your

son" (Luke 15:21), and also, "a worker is worthy of his food" (Matt. 10:10), (Luke 10:7).

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