“The care of every man’s soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglects the care of it? Well what if he neglects the care of his health or estate? Will the magistrate make a law that he shall not be poor or sick? Laws provide against injury from others, but not from ourselves.” Thomas Jefferson, Scraps Early in the Revolution, (October 1776, In L.R. Frank, Quotationary (1999). (I discovered it in Great Quotations that Shaped the Western World).
The above quotation leaped off the page and brought to my mind a mountain saying that clearly expresses the meaning. It was alleged by many that this mountain saying was biblically based. Though not in scripture it does convey a truth about our responsibility for our welfare:
“Every tub shall sit on its bottom.”
In fact, the thought has sufficient biblical basis. The first man, Adam attempted to find standing for his choice by blaming God for giving Eve to him as a wife. God would have none of it, and a terrible consequence is passed to the human race, compressed into this line from Paul:
1Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”
Adam passed a gene along to the race, the consequences of that choice, death, can be mitigated in the spiritual realm by making a better decision, Jesus Christ, as the verse promises.
The media of our times lets us know that we make horrible choices in how we earn or steal our money, how we waste it and how we could make better decisions. The same media warns us about our health, (too often false warnings bought by big pharma). Part of modern press promotes the immoral lifestyle and helps to push blame on society at large, when in fact the problem is a matter of deliberate improper choice.
The Apostle Peter shares a great thought in 2Peter 1:5-10 concerning Christians adding to their faith specific spiritual helps. Note this verse:
2Peter 1:5 “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,” (NKJV).
Virtue here is the Greek, Ar et ay, meaning “Moral power, manliness, valor, and excellence.” Not a bad idea for such a diverse society as we now promote.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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