Of the seven root passions or sins – pride, lust, anger, avarice, envy, gluttony, and sloth – the most deadly is pride. It was an appeal to pride that persuaded Eve to defy her Creator: “…you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:6)
Eve responded, “Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.” Genesis 3:2-3. Every time a sin is committed, something within us dies. The result of sin is always death. This has been true from the beginning of time.
Last Tuesday evening (October 16) while I was participating in a holy hour in a perpetual adoration chapel in Cleveland, Ohio, I learned that my second-biggest Adoration Letter fan was scheduled to have her leg amputated. Georgette and I had arrived in Ohio on Monday evening for two days of meetings with a group of business owners who get together three times a year to share ideas and strategies for growing their businesses.
A couple of weeks ago I published an article in which I discussed organ donation and two incidents involving individuals who found themselves in a position where they had to make decisions concerning ending the lives of family members who had been declared brain-dead. If you didn’t have a chance to read the article, you can find it here.
Out of everything created in the world by God – the universe, the stars, the sun, the earth, the light, the darkness, the water, the plants, the creatures of sea and land – His greatest creation was man. Why? Because He breathed His own spirit into the soul of man. Man is the only worldly creature that is blessed with an immortal soul. Like God, man has the ability to think and to love.
One Friday afternoon during my first year in law school (1979), while I was sitting in the law library, a girl who was in one of my classes walked over to me and asked, “What is that book you’re reading?” She had seen the title of the book, The Woman Shall Conquer, and was wondering what it was about.
One interesting theory that has been written about by some theologians is that God’s original plan did not include the creation of humans. Instead, His original intention was to populate heaven with angels. Unfortunately, because of the pride and rebellion of Lucifer and his followers, a conflict arose and Lucifer and his followers were subsequently cast into hell. According to the theory, it was at that time that God decided to create the human race, with the intention of populating heaven with the exact number of humans needed to replace the fallen angels. Although it’s an interesting theory, we have no way of knowing whether it’s true.