A Greater Reality

What are some perspectives on human lives?  Humans can be noble, dignified, and for these gifts we‘re grateful to Almighty God.  We however have distorted natures.  For, from birth we have been biologically tainted.  One such sin is racism that has permeated our flesh.  Jackie Robinson (1919–1972), the first African American major league baseball baseman said: “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me … All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”  Robinson’s thoughts about being human were more than just his skin color.

God Created Man

More than 10,000 years ago, it was a glorious act when God created man.  Mankind was the pinnacle of his creative effort.  Humankind in his very nature had a reflective awareness.  Throughout the ages, men and women have been engaged in aesthetic endeavors.  They have witnessed great and bad leaders who have ruled powerful nations.  We are also gifted with a metaphysical nature, have multiplied, and exercised sovereignty over God‘s creation.  Humans were created in God’s image and have dominion over other species on planet earth.

Alexandra Stoddard (b. 1941), an author, well-known interior designer and lifestyle philosopher expressed her happiness of the gifts with which she has been endowed: “Being a mother and grandmother is the best of the best of my life.  My grandchildren multiply the joy my daughters bring me.”

A Human Being

Mankind is the apex of God’s handiwork.  They have anatomical similarities with his creatures, are well-known for language, and their tool-making culture.  They are more than “naked apes.” They live with a shared responsibility – not only for fellow human beings, but to all of God’s creation.

Jim Rohn (1930–2009), an entrepreneur and author known for his “rags to riches” story, observed, “You must take personal responsibility.  You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.  That is something you have charge of.”  Rohn recognized that God gave us a free will.  As we grow we learn to make decisions for ourselves.  Real growth isn’t just physical, intellectual and emotional, but spiritual too.  For the greatest growth Christians look to Christ who’s the arbiter and provider of all things.

Theory of Life

Humankind is God-breathed.  Within their beings there are living souls.  In our lives there has always been a spirit-body connection.  To put it another way – we’re physical and non-physical beings.  We have physical bodies, intellects, families and souls.  For Christians know these truths when they promote brotherly and sisterly love.  To them, life has no end because it’s everlasting.

Oprah Winfrey (b. 1954), a media proprietor, talk show host, and philanthropist urged her audience to: “Breathe.  Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”  Winfrey’s remarks bring her fans to this realization of their presence.  In the present time we may only think of a physical reality.  But our future is spiritual.  In the Gospels, Christians are assured of an everlasting life.  They have faith about what the future holds for them.  The flesh passes away but our souls live on in eternity.  The faithful knows that there’s a greater reality beyond this present time.

 

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