Exactly what were human beings meant for?

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So far this year in the newspaper I have written articles on the topics of the value of human life and the meaning and purpose of human life.

My focus with you today is on a topic near and dear to my heart. The topic is what is our life meant to be in terms of character and integrity and substance. What is the reason for our existence and for what would we die for?

In my perspective, we are called to love and be loved fully. That means that each human life is not to be lived superficially or half-heartedly. Each person's life is meant to have real substantive love in our relationships at home, our learning in a school or homeschool setting, and our basis for love and being loved comes from the heart of Jesus Christ, who gave His very all that we might be alive in Him.

The human being's immortal value is so noble and so magnificent that the Lord of life and Redeemer of humankind came down to experience our very nature. Jesus is fully human and simultaneously fully God. His divinity is revealed by the theophanies within holy Scripture and the belief of all Christians comes from the testimony of the Holy Spirit and the apostles and the books of the New Testament , declaring Jesus is true God .

The human being's personal adventure in life is meant to discover true meaningful love in the context of a faithful loving relationship between husband and wife and in the faithful loving rearing of their children in the ways of faith. Some find this same fundamental life of love in a consecrated life , like a celibate priest or religious brother or nun. For the majority, the love is deep and personal and strong and found in the marriage covenant.

The human being's spirituality is a strong characteristic as well. God's Spirit rests upon us in our very soul, the spiritual component within us to live beyond the grave. Our souls are immortal and thus death is a passageway to a life unending prepared by God.

The human person lives fully for something greater than oneself. God has given us the blessings and graces to become our best fullest selves in all the situations we face throughout the ups and downs and joys and sorrows of a human life. God is the Holy Guide spiritually directing us to live for Him above all things and be with him in heaven.

The human person grows and develops with gentleness and humility to acknowledge that we have a rhyme and reason for loving and living and that noble purpose is to give ourselves in holiness and grace to the God who created us so magnificently.

The human person is meant to discover now and forever that our time on earth is quickly fleeting with many emotions and many relationships . However, the single reason God has created us is to give ourselves back to Him with great love each day. Our souls are restless until they rest in our Redeemer's full embrace in heaven. This is the purpose and destiny of all human beings and God is providing us the love to accomplish this with a great deal of joy that we can be one forever with the Giver of all life.

(The writer is parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy trinity in Augusta.)

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grouse
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grouse 04/12/08 - 09:50 pm
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In one of the Star Trek
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In one of the Star Trek movies, Capt. Kirk asks the entity portraying himself as God, "Why does God need a star ship?" Why does God need for us to "give ourselves back to Him with great love each day?" Reading this is like listening to someone on hallucinogens.

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christian134 04/13/08 - 05:59 am
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Thank you Rev. Michael for

Thank you Rev. Michael for your timely message....I read in the scriptures "Fear God and keep His commandments for that is the whole duty of man". I like that one and it sums up all the questions as to the why's of our whole existence...:-)

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shivas 04/13/08 - 08:47 am
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" So long, so long, so long,

" So long, so long, so long, and thanks for all the fish." A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.

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The_Last_Word 04/13/08 - 09:15 am
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Lubinsky says, "The human

Lubinsky says, "The human being's immortal value is so noble & so magnificent that the Lord of life & Redeemer of humankind came down to experience our very nature." But the Bible says in John 6:38-40, "For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son & believes in him shall have eternal life, & I will raise them up at the last day." Jesus did not come to earth because of our "value" but because of our lack of value without Him. And He did not come to earth to "experience our very nature", He came because we were lost sinners with no hope. As Romans 5:6-8 says, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Lubinsky says, "the single reason God has created us is to give ourselves back to Him with great love each day." Not really, 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." Until we have come to Christ as sinners, "died" with Him on the cross, and are raised with Him, we will be unable to live lives pleasing to God. Jesus Christ is not just a model for us but our only Savior - because we need a Savior. Glorifying God is then the purpose of our lives.

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mgroothand 04/13/08 - 02:02 pm
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Does the A/C make a donation

Does the A/C make a donation to Rev. Lubinsky's church each time the good Rev. writes a guest column? The Bible is a compilation of embellished stories passed down through the centuries. Embellished because that is what people do. Someone invented writing and voila we have the Bible. It was written by man not by a deity. Although there are a lot of good ideas by which to live your life by, the Bible also contradicts itself. A book of ancient history? Perhaps, but ancient history books are usually backed up by discovered facts or noted as being putative. Just think, if Lubinsky's name ended in an "i" he could be Jewish and have no need for the new testament from which he likes to quote. Small detail.

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myobgdi 04/13/08 - 04:23 pm
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WHAT? There are plenty of

WHAT? There are plenty of Jews who have embraced Christ, including the 12 apostles. They adhere to (or penned) the New Testament! Father Mike was raised as a godly man and I feel confident he would know about the New Testament even if he were of Jewish heritage. He certainly wouldn't dismiss it in toto, as do those who criticize him!

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The_Last_Word 04/13/08 - 06:16 pm
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mgroot, Oddly enough in spite

mgroot, Oddly enough in spite of what people do, the Bible manuscripts were not embellished or changed (except in insignificant ways) over the centuries. When older manuscripts are discovered and compared with the newer - they are nearly identical. No differences have ever been found in manuscripts that affected doctrine. The Bible was written by man but was inspired by God. The Bible does not contradict itself - if you have an example to share - please do. No fact listed in the Bible as pertaining to actual places, times, people, or events has ever been proven wrong. Early critics pointed to some people and places that were supposedly wrong but subsequent archeology proved the Bible correct. Not sure how an "i" would change his religion - but okay. Many Jews accept Christ though. The Bible is spiritually discerned - if you are having trouble understanding it - do this: ask God to help you understand it. He will.

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christian134 04/13/08 - 06:33 pm
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Thanks The Last Word well

Thanks The Last Word well said but if I may add one thing in order to help others understand...One has to open up ones heart to the Word of God and Jesus Christ and above all have Faith.....God has loved us since the beginning...Just because some fail to see this doesn't mean it to be untrue....As The Last Word pointed out Ask God He will provide understanding and salvation...

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grouse 04/13/08 - 06:42 pm
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There are plenty of
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There are plenty of contradictions and errors in the bible, and plenty of web sites that list them. Do a Google.

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mgroothand 04/13/08 - 07:27 pm
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Ladies / Gentlemen, I have no

Ladies / Gentlemen, I have no issue with Mr. Lubinsky, I merely pointed out another point of view. Is that not what this column is all about? The Last Word asked about one example of contradiction, I'll give you only one, "Thou shalt not kill", there are many more. It does not really matter, Rev. Lubinsky does not need defending, I'm sure he is a fine and honorable man. His POV about his beliefs and subsequent influence on many more is what is troubling to me. I do not have a pulpit from which to preach and influence, he has that advantage....

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The_Last_Word 04/13/08 - 07:46 pm
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Mgroot, That's an easy one.

Mgroot, That's an easy one. The Hebrew word means murder. Thou shalt not murder. Not a contradiction at all. Killing in war or self defense is not murder.

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grouse 04/14/08 - 12:14 am
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Well, there are three 10
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Well, there are three 10 commandments in the bible and the one actually labeled 10 commandments is not the one we use.

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The_Last_Word 04/14/08 - 05:53 am
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The "Ten Commandments" is a

The "Ten Commandments" is a manmade list. The Bible simply lists commandmants and rules for Israel to abude by. The point of the commandments was to show man his sin so that he knows he needs a Savior.

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grouse 04/16/08 - 10:58 pm
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Uh, that's not what the Bible
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Uh, that's not what the Bible says. Moses supposedly received them from God himself.

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