Law and morality- Everybody has heard about these two terms in their daily life. Law and morality have two different meanings, but there is a close relationship between law and morality. In this article we are going to explain the relationship between law and morality, we will explain this relationship with the help of definitions and some case laws with examples and we will also differentiate between these two terms to understand clearly.

Difference between law and morality

Difference between law and morality

Before we discuss the difference between law & morality we try to understand and law and morality.

What is the law? 

According to the definition of law: the law is a set of rules and principles that is created by the state/country to regulate human conductSimply a law is a bunch of rules and regulations that are made by our legislature(lawmakers) and in force by the executive so that the people should act according to the law.

What is molarity? 

According to the definition of morality: morality is the human attempt to define what is right and wrong about our actions and thoughts, and what is good and bad about our being. In simple words, morality is a set of principles and moral values which were created by our ancestors

For example, if somebody helps a person who is drawing in the water, it shows his morality. Every law made by the legislature/lawmakers does not have the element of morality because morality is not laws. But there are some laws created by the legislature that have law & morality.

We try to understand law and morality with an example.

Let’s take some examples to understand the relationship between law and morality. These are some situations that can be good for the law but bad in the eye of morality and vice versa.

Murder: It is legally wrong and it's morally wrong also

Theft: It is legally and morally wrong also

Live-in relationship: It's legally right but morally wrong

Begging: It's legally wrong but morally right

Difference between law and morality

SR No Law Morality
1 Law is a set of rules and regulations made by the legislature Morality is regulated by internal sources by the conscience of a person
2 Law is the same for everyone to regulate a state Morality is a subjective concept that is different from person to person.
3 There is a set punishment for the violation of laws There is no punishment for mortality it depends on the consent of every person
4 The laws are enforced by the executive of the state Morality is regulated by the Society
5 Laws are influenced by morality It emerged before the laws
6 Laws control the actions of a person according to the law Morality controls the act of a person Morally.
7 Laws made by the legislature or lawmaker Moral values do not force any person to obey such rules and moral values.


Relationship between law and morality

Above we have discussed briefly the difference between law and morality. Now we discuss the relationship between law and morality.

Moral as the basis of law

Almost, all the laws made by the legislature are based on moral principles. The law and morality regulate the conduct of a person in a society.

Morals as a test of law

The jurists say that there should be no contradiction between law and morality to run a state normally. Any law must be removed that is contrary between law and morality. If any law that is against morality never be applied to society that is why legislature must check whether the law is right or wrong according to morals.

Morals as the end of laws

The main purpose of the law is to provide justice to persons in society. The main purpose of morality is to remove the conflict of interest from society with the law. It means the objectives of morality and laws must same.

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