Commentary on "Life"
Day 2: Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Gift of Physical Life
This lesson focuses on the debate of the origin of the universe and the source of all life with primary concern given to our physical life.
Within creationist circles, this is not a very controversial topic. However, there are some secondary points of concern:
By focusing on the physical, not enough attention is given to the fact that God created man in his image with both a soul and a spirit, along with the physical. This would have been an excellent time, within the body of the lesson, to point out that we died spiritually the instant sin entered into the human race with the resulting sickness and death of our physical bodies that followed. The key to our physical lives is to accept the gospel message of Jesus Christ and receive the restoration of our spiritual union with God.
While the following passage is directed towards having money, it includes the thought that our focus should be on seeking righteousness instead of being centered on our physical needs.
"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' "For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matt. 6:31-33 ESV).
In the introduction, the statement is made that those who believe in God as the Creator; "do not have all the answers either". Knowing that God is the one who is our Creator is an answer, even for the things we can not know. Knowing how God did certain things may be a mystery but the results are clearly evident.
The lesson summary, with reference to Jesus speaking to Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), asks the student to "start each day reborn in Christ". Since this lesson is about our physical life and the rebirth Jesus is talking about concerns our spiritual life, one has to wonder what the author is talking about. Furthermore, our spiritual birth occurs once and is not something that happens each day when we awaken. We will come back to this topic more on Tuesday.
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