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EVERY one has asked himself the great question of antiquity as of the modern world: What is the summum bonum–the supreme good? You have life before you. Once only you can live it. What is the noblest object of desire, the supreme gift to covet?
We have been accustomed to be told that the greatest thing in the religious world is Faith. That great word has been the key-note for centuries of the popular religion; and we have easily learned to look upon it as the greatest thing in the world. Well, we are wrong. If we have been told that, we may miss the mark. I have taken you, in the chapter which I have just read, to Christianity at its source; and there we have seen, “The greatest of these is love.” It is not an oversight. Paul was speaking of faith just a moment before. He says, “If I have all faith, so that I can remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. “So far from forgetting, he deliberately contrasts them, “Now abideth Faith, Hope, Love,” and without a moment’s hesitation, the decision falls, “The greatest of these is Love.”
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I´m looking out of my living room window onto the most beautiful view of mountains, hills and a reservoir surrounded by small villages. These are the foothills of the Andes, 12,000 feet above sea level. Living here reminds you of the timelessness and power of nature. Our daily comings and goings take on a different meaning when you are constantly reminded of the eternal mysteries that make up this planet. Mother nature rebels against our violations of her dignity like an elephant whisking an insect off of her back. How long will we be allowed to co-exist with God’s creatures on this planet? How long will we be allowed to suck from her goodness before she says, “Enough” and shakes us from her surface? I wonder. Perhaps, before this happens, we will finally come into the realization that our true power doesn’t lie in petrol, gold and platinum, or even in water and land, but its inside of us. “For the kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus