Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Life's Main Story

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Life's Main Story

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DOESN'T the bulk of popular literature and entertainment suggest that the main story of life is about sex and personal relationships? Human companionship is undeniably an important part of life, but is it the main story? The Bible teaches that there is an even more primary relationship that gives meaning to life: the bond between God and man. This bond is compared in the Bible to that of shepherd and sheep, father and son, mother and child, even husband and wife. The developing understanding of man's relationship to God is traced through the lives of such Biblical characters as Abraham, Moses, Jacob, and David. While all these people had close ties with family and friends, it was their relationship to God that gave their lives enduring meaning.

This story of the love between God and man culminates in the life of Christ Jesus, who from his youth knew God as his Father. Although Jesus' life was rich in human relationships--coming from a large family, being close to his mother, having the companionship of disciples and friends--his sonship with God was always his primary commitment. We read in the Gospel of Luke that even as a child he asked his mother and Joseph, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" The main story in Jesus' life was his mission of teaching us about a greater love than human affection--and about an eternal union of God and His spiritual offspring, man. Jesus' understanding of man's spiritual unity with God not only gave him victory over death but brought the hope of salvation to all mankind.

While personal attachments are subject to fluctuation and separation, God's love for His idea, man, remains constant and eternal. No ethnic strife, famine, disease, divorce, or so-called natural disaster can separate anyone from God, who is our one true Life. This fact of God's ever-present love becomes a staff to lean on when someone we depended on for happiness is no longer present, or when personal relationships disappoint us. …

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