However, in addition to genes, it affects us and all other organism sand the environment we come from. Genes are the architectural design of our body and our administration; they are the project of the house to be created. In addition to designing, however, for the construction of a home, you need building materials, money, company, types of bricks, and panels currently in stock. From one project thus, according to the builder’s possibilities, several movables can arise, and artisans must commission them in an emergency for building materials. We would teach scholars about the norm of reaction. Japanese bonsai is an illustrative example of how an organism is affected by the environment you grow. The usual tall would grow in nature tree from the same seed from which the gardener grows bonsai. If we plant some species of plants from rugged mountains to fertile lowlands, we are surprised by their high growth; We also know that we will get a lot more crops for well-fertilized soil. Thus, not only genes but also the environment affect what the organism will look like.
The genes of our hunting and gathering ancestors are explained by our standard inability to lose weight. It is assumed that there was also a moment of surplus foods, alternated by long periods of shortage in the hunting and gathering period. One of the current mortgages from prep poses that we overcame the aunt and the period of hunger and hunger, even in such a way that the body set itself up for what survival regime when carefully considering whether to release the calories obtained. It is possible not that there is a similar phenomenon in people who are starting to lose weight: the body states time to period and hunger and switches and s and to power-saving mode. The more I try to make up my extra pounds, the more I fight for calorie savings. Maybe because our cures part end and infamous – genes didn’t notice that in our euro – of the Czech population is enough to eat. Situations such as those we encounter in cities. After all, ours several million lasting existences just about the last few we have been living in homes for a thousand years, and our genes have almost certainly not yet adapted.
We feel dizzy when we realize that some genes are in us more than three billion years old and that they are being handed over unchanged
from one generation to the next across all animal species! In humans, the influence of genes and the environment are most often studied on
so-called single-egg twins. Sometimes it happens that after the fusion of sperm and egg, when the new organism is made up of only a tiny ball of cells, there are no entirely clear reasons that the embryo is divided into two. However, both seeds may manage to land on the endometrium, on the uterus lining, and thus start a pregnancy. Thus, twins are born who have same-sex, but they share all genes: of course,
they come from the same foundation. Because single-parent siblings have the same genes, almost all differences between them fall to harming the environment. By the way, they are singular for theologians twins a question mark in research, when exactly does the human soul arise. The human soul is indivisible, so it can no longer be in the zygote. Dignity, however, we already attach the zygote, as it does to everything at the end of evolution; he can become a free being.
But it also works the other way around: researchers, for example, can take an embryo, which was created in the usual way from two white mice, together with embryos from two black and two brown-stained mice.
These three embryos can be mixed and implanted into the mother’s mother’s replacement. A white-black-brown lost mouse is born, which has biologically six parents! Then we talk about so-called chimeric mice. If singular human twins are kept separately (one of the most well-known studies mapped twins divided by the events of World War II), it is possible to observe how genes are signed on us and how the environment in which we are growing up. In some cases, the results were striking on the siblings, which he put together years after years of research. In one Of this case, both men came dressed in the same colored checkered shirts; in another case, both women wore an equal number of rings, one with natural stones and the other with imitations. There is no gene for shirt color or number of calls, though
Thus, genes appear to be a significant undercurrent in our thinking. In a photo published in another biology textbook, several pairs of children, single-twin twins, are sitting side by side. Only after calling it, the photographer noticed astonishing details: all the teams had hands in the same position – either placed on the knees, next to the body, joined, or in pockets. The gene for the work of the hands when sitting does not exist, genetic however, the siblings have somewhat the same basis for this gesture.
As the environment and life influence our behavior, I realized very intensely when I thought my time religion in mouthing for physically handicapped children. I got a class of Twelve children were about ten years old, and only one of them was a believer. All the children were in wheelchairs. Optional religion, however, they visited with joy, but not for my pedagogical performances, but because anything that helped them shorten long afternoons was a welcome diversification of life. The children were mostly obedient and grateful, only one of the boys with a particularly severe handicap (congenital, but without a genetic basis) and with plaster armor around the body was not too popular – he systematically and widely cursed everyone, from students together to educators; he used words that I had never uttered before in my life. However, the two of us got along more or less well. I adapted the teaching a bit to the interests of the participants in the metal: mostly games prevailed. The only thing left of the religion class was prayer at the beginning and end of the class. I will not forget one of them. Usually, we prayed with our words m i, but this time I suggested that we remember all those whom we love, to parents, to educators and to classmates. This boy declared that he would not pray (in unpublishable words). I asked why. The answer whipped through the air like a whip: “She is considered no one. Nobody likes me here. ” At that moment, I understood that one can only really judge a person God. A ten-year-old child needs food for life and the feeling that he is loved. If he doesn’t, he’ll die. I didn’t know his parents and I didn’t I am how they treat him. But if this boy felt he was in the world itself, something substantial was bad anyway. Who I am healthy, I come from a functioning family and I have a lot of very good friends to sue this boy? How would I behave in his condition – and how would he? He behaved if he was in my place and had the same starting conditions like me? Only the Lord God knows the story of my life and the nooks and crannies of my soul.
And does it even have to prove it? We love freedom. We are proud and jealous of her. Freedom could be lacking within God, who is the most perfect. God is accessible in all his vibrations relating to creatures. He could refrain and create nothing. And when he wanted to develop, he was free to choose between several possible worlds. God says St. Irenaeus was not forced in any way. St. Augustine supports the teaching that God is free in the words of Scripture. Be light. And God saw that it was good. These words show us that God created quite freely, without any coercion. He made everything purely from his goodness for the sole reason that it was good. God, as the creator, shows his greatness not only by the creation of great things but also by the creation of small things, in which instead of greatness, one must admire the wisdom with which they are constructed. Elsewhere, St. Augustine proves the freedom of God in the words of Psalm 138: The Lord created everything He wanted in heaven and on earth, in the sea and the abysses. He didn’t have to do what he did, but he did what he wanted. You build a house because if you didn’t, you wouldn’t live. To accomplish this, you need to know. This is not of your own free will. You make a garment because if you did not do it, you would walk naked. Here, too, the need moves you to work. But when God created something, He did not make it because He needed it. Nothing forced him to do that. If we humans want to be free, let us do what God wants us to do. Our freedom is limited on all sides, fenced off by hundreds of obstacles. Each of our passions, each of our prejudices, is a new obstacle. Teach the children your true freedom, and do not misuse this name by giving it an unrestrained extravagance.
The first degree of freedom is sovereignty and independence. This degree of freedom belongs only to God. We have the second degree. To this degree, we depend only on him. Tertullian speaks. Only this is freedom worthy of man. Reasonable margin, which is maintained at its height without being exalted or reduced. Space that elevates itself as an honor to give way to God. False freedom is to want to do your will. We were born as subjects of God because our liberty cannot consist of complete independence. The desire for independence is the freedom of Satan and his followers, who wanted to rise above God on their own. Far from us, such release has plunged proud spirits into eternal bondage. The children of the world think they are free when they wander the world here and there. They called this wandering freedom. They are like children running out without knowing where. That is the freedom of sinners. You enjoy true freedom. If we serve God, we will enjoy true freedom.
The pursuit of happiness
It is not easy to buy a gift for another person – especially when we do not know the person well. That’s why it was so many books had been written about it in the world. It is not good or pleasant not to match the taste of the person we want to give. “Well, what would I give her … I could buy her a fern, for example.
Um … But what if she doesn’t like plants, or what if she’s right allergic to fern …? “” I could buy him a cashmere tie. But no … Who knows if I would blame him … “Or I could buy him a bottle of Scotch whiskey. Um, but what if is an abstinent?” The whole point of buying gifts is buying the person something they don’t have and want. What will make her truly happy for a moment?
It seems that we have managed to solve this problem with congratulatory postcards. “Happy Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy birthday! Good luck to your wedding’s quarter-century! ” Happy this, happy that, no matter what it is. People usually like to listen to and accept their wishes. Because there is something we are sure everyone wants, and it is clear that there is never enough.
But how does this relate to human values? Happiness is the queen of values, a vessel full of gold at the end of the rainbow. Everyone wants me, and then it’s clear that we all appreciate it. Well, luck is for us, excellent? Let us remember again that everyone wants to be happy. This is our destiny – to be satisfied forever. Moreover, all our other deeds are as lucky as their end. Happiness is not a means to an end. It’s not a tool, either, at some stage on the way to something else. No one uses happiness to get more money or more enjoyment. After the funds or, we long for pleasure because we are convinced that they us make you happy.
Is everyone happy?
Why, then, does a person’s efforts to be happy often end fiasco? Not many people seem to be satisfied. An article was published in Time magazine on September 13, 1993, subtitled: “Satisfaction is … everywhere in the world is difficult in our time. find – or so says a group of experts who did an international survey. ” Many people laugh or have fun amid fun or delusion, but they don’t seem to find happiness. When we get closer to them and look at them, it will become apparent that these people are running away on their own in front of me. This is confirmed by such a frequent reluctance to be quiet. So, we fill the world with sounds and music, one activity after another. Rarely do we dare to reflect for a moment about our lives and where we actually go. Happiness has been written in several books — from ancient philosophers to contemporary pop psychologists — and it still doesn’t seem people would become happier. Walk on the sidewalk of Paris, New York or London. Target looks into the eyes of people whose you meet. Do they radiate happiness? This is usually not the case. Ask a neighbor or a colleague at school or work whether he is happy. The answers will be embarrassing. It is a real tragedy that most people are not satisfied. Sometimes we mistakenly think that there are many things that we cannot do without, and therefore we cannot be happy without them. “You can’t be happy if you don’t have a lot of money, power, a wide range of joys, experiences, and so on.” These are the prerequisites for happiness. Presented to us by contemporary culture. The United Nations have even gone so far that its officials have drawn up twelve things without which one cannot be happy. There was a radio between them; there was a bicycle and a set of kitchen appliances.
If we begin to combine happiness with material things or with happiness, we can get into trouble. All these things are outside us, so we can’t even influence them to some extent. More importantly, none of them are permanent or inevitable. If I can’t be sure of owning things necessary to happiness; then, I will never be thrilled. I will still live in anxiety that my happiness is as shaky as a house of carats: it can collapse instantly. Because we know many theories of happiness, it will be paramount for us to think about what happiness is. But let’s say in advance that our answer.
It must have something to do with what we came up with when we have talked about human nature in the previous consideration. Most of us should probably have trouble defining happiness. It is because there are many kinds of joy. Saying “I feel happy” after drinking a glass of good wine is not the same as to say, “Peter is a happy man,” or “Michael and Lucia are. We must be able to distinguish between different types or degrees of happiness.
Why don’t we know certain things about life enough and incredibly convincingly enough? Perhaps because we do not learn sufficient existentially, vitally, we do not see enough how a religious question and truth intervenes directly in life. We need to take the nap of everyday life to see that knowing God is more important than knowing the latest news from sports. We must learn to distinguish and recognize amid ordinary things what is behind them, what is in-depth, what does not change, and what still lasts. If we are to understand certain things about ourselves, we must not drown in superficialities and details. We need to recognize what is irrelevant and go boldly into the depths of the most important. Who remains only on the surface. He is asleep, laughs, drives a car, and never thinks about life as a whole; he is not disposed to understand the essential truth about life. The fact must be deepened, as the Exupéry says.
The image of God is lost in a distracting view. It is necessary to go into depth. Honestly and with a certain humility. Since the time of the first man, many people have been hiding from God. Then they say. God is hard to find. The root of things is elsewhere. There are many rooms in us. We have the keys to them, and we open them. But from the innermost depths of our interior, there are two keys. God has one key. We can keep him out and hold our key. But we cannot let anyone else into the deepest depths; God will not give us His key. If we grieve and do not let God in, we remain empty in the deepest depths – no one resides in us.
We have long since discovered a severe feature of knowledge. Cognition is not just pure reason and pure logic. He knows a particular person. Me you. This specific person is subject to many influences and hobbies. Something is apparent to one, the other objects indefinitely. We have different views on the same thing. In knowledge, it is our relationship to the truth. The truth can only be known to us if we are internally willing to pay attention to it if we are interested in it, if we want to know it. If I’m not interested in math, I’ll probably never try to understand it fully. However, my friend devotes a lot of time and attention to her, but he understands her. If we are not interested in knowing what it is like, if I do not have a deep inner willingness, the truth about some things may remain hidden from me forever.
Jesus’ words lost nothing of meaning and power. They are still valid today. A person who is fighting for power, position, should not forget them. Being the first, something to have fulfilled and will always fill a person. Olympics, trials, races, competitions in all areas of life are marked by the goal of being the first. There is nothing wrong with being appropriate to the circumstances. Unfortunately, often trying to be the first destroys friendships, relationships with others. We even know from history how the unbridled desire to be the greatest or the first led humanity to concentration camps, prisons … Just remember Hitler or Stalin. Then it happens that a person does not stop at anything, nothing is sacred to him. Therefore, Jesus’ words, “Whoever wants to be first, let him be the last and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35), are a current memento. Many of Jesus’ words evoked resentment from the beginning. Jesus did not admire. Vice versa. He proves his mission with words and life. He tells the disciples in Galilee that “the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him. But the slain shall rise again after three days.” (Mark 9:31) He wants to avoid saying that he is a lover of suffering and will ask his people to love hell as well. Vice versa. He wants to say: Don’t be afraid! No evil and suffering are more vital than God’s love for people. By his passion and death, Jesus is an example of love for people. He, the God in the human body, who is the First, dies for the sins of all. Jesus served all people. He reconciled them to the Father.
Jesus does not write on the way to Jerusalem, but puts a message in the hearts of the disciples: “The Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him. But the slain shall rise again after three days.” (Mark 9:31) These words are part of the good news. It is essential to Jesus before his death that the apostles understand and teach the message correctly. Nevertheless, they “quarreled among themselves which way was greater” (Mark 9:34). They did not yet know like the mother of the sons of Zebedee, James, and John when she begged Jesus to have her sons at his right and left once in his Kingdom. Jesus, following the example of a child who is small and is served by an adult, points to the practice of apostles and once all who believe in Christ: “He who wants to be first, let him be the last, and be the servant of all” (Mk 9, 35) Jesus does not remove ambition from the life of the apostles but directs it in the right direction. He replaced the ambition to rule over others and use others for himself with the aspiration to serve others. He returned the purpose of receiving from others with the ambition of giving. “It is happier to give than to receive” (Acts 20:3We have many positive, encouraging examples.
The history of Sparta tells of Paedators. Elections for the city administration were held in Sparta, and Paedaretos was one of the candidates for the city’s 300-member men’s council. When they announced the election result, his name was not among the chosen ones. A friend told him, “What a pity they didn’t choose you, the people should have known how wise the steward you could be.” he is a legend over whom jealousy did not prevail, and he knew how to give place to others.
Great people will enrich the world. They do not ask: what can I get from society for myself, but think about improving culture. He made a similar statement after the Kennedy oath of office. The Lord Jesus, in the words, “Whoever wants to be first, let him be the last and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35), gives one of the “best” likes in the world.
Knowing these words of Jesus, we do not have to set out on a journey as a man in an old Eastern legend who wanted to find the meaning of his life. For a long time, he could not find a job where he would be happy, satisfied and others would be satisfied and confident with him then. Once on a hot day, he sat down under a tree on the side of the road. He noticed a man working in the heat, under the hot sun. The man could see his satisfaction and confidence. When he asked the man a secret, he replied, “I am happy because I am doing my job, and I am thinking of a God who cares for all people, and I want to serve him.” to find joy and happiness. ”
The apostles would never be happy if they argued, “Which of them is greater” (Mark 9:34). And the answer? “Whoever wants to be first, let him be the last and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). Man is great only when he serves, when he can renounce his self-love when he does not exploit others when he offers rule over others. In all areas of the human family, this is true, but it is a benefit.
When spouses live for each other and together for children, they keep the words of Jesus; they find significant enrichment of their love. When Jesus’s words, “Whoever wants to be first, let him be the last and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35), are fulfilled in the workplace and society, all will find enrichment and joy in life. When they serve their children, parents are not masters; on the contrary, when children see their example, love grows. He cannot love those who cannot serve.
On April 28, 1962, Dr. Ginna Beretta Molla died at the fourth birth of her child. As a doctor, she knew that her pregnancy was difficult and would probably end in death. The doctors confirmed to her: either she or the child would live. She told her doctor – colleagues at the time. “It is my duty to fulfill my mother’s mission. I’m ready for anything. My baby has to live.” When the time of childbirth came, she knew she would die. Emmanuela was born. Her mother could still see her, put her on her chest, and – she died. John Paul II declared this woman blessed. In addition to Emmanuela, her three siblings, their father, the Blessed husband, also took part in the beatification of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
Dr. Ginna Bertta Molla fulfilled the message of Jesus in the service of her child’s life. Serving people is not easy. And that is why it is appropriate not only to remember it but also to work on yourself. To learn the doctrine of Jesus: “Whoever wants to be first, let him be the last and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). He survived alone. We rightly understand the message of the Lord Jesus in words: Do not be afraid! A faithful witness of Jesus’ love is not afraid to be a minister – a servant. I respect and honor everyone, and he sees brothers and sisters in his neighborhood and not subordinates…We are praying: Lord, open our eyes so that we may discover your face in the faces of brothers and sisters. Open our hearts so that we can show them love, and let us receive their love as our enrichment…
That we can love someone is so peculiar to us that over the question as possible, we usually do not think. I, therefore, believe that it will be a good start for us if we look at who we are and where our ability to love comes from. In the following chapters, therefore, for a moment, let’s look into the world of biology.
The problem of where things come from was once theoretically solved by Aristoteles bodies. He realized in his undoubted genius that the question about the cause of the existence of things can even be offered four different types of answers: they are professionally called causa materials, causa formalis, the final reason and final reason. For example, the cause of the existence of a chalice is silver (causa material is), its shape (causa formalis), the one that processes silver (causa efficient), and its use in the Holy Mass (causa finals). The chalice would not exist without material, without silver. He wouldn’t be even if a skilled craftsman working with silver did not mold into a goblet. Nor would it exist if there was no need for worship. To the question: Who am I? I can answer from the perspective of physics and biology, for example, as a building block of atoms, a being composed of dust, five billion years old, and of gases from the time of its origin in earth, I am a community of cooperating cells.
Similarly, the question of love is answered by biology by pointing out
the body’s chemistry and the evolutionary past. Although these answers are truly wild, it is still necessary to realize that there is only one naturalist of symposium speakers. Physics and chemistry are, in the Aristotelian vision of things, only responding to the case of materials. In the limbic system of ours the brain is undoubtedly the confidential material basis of our feelings, but it’s not the whole story.
Neurons, cells of the nervous system, can talk to each other, sending impulses. Interestingly, the individual motivation, short electric discharges, are always the same magnitude: either, or they are not; zero or unit. The fact that you can now read this text, our perception of music, touch, the warmth of the human body, the smell of flowers and the taste of them, as well as the experience of anxiety, love, pain, the whole memory, fantasy and the ability to create art are the same nerve impulses of the same size bone. The fact that we perceive them once as toothache and sometimes as Schubert’s Improve depends on which areas of the brain and in which volleys and patterns these electric discharges arrive. Between the two cells, the electrical impulse usually changes to a chemical momentum for a short time. The chemical then either supports or prevents the electrical “ignition” of the next cell. The brain’s nerve cell receives impulses from many other cells at one point, and according to the sum of all, it then sends its impulse to other cells or does not send. This is how the human brain works. Even in the most conscientious anatomical research, we find nothing but cells, an average of five to ten million neurons per cubic centimeter of the brain, interconnected and receive and transmit impulses.
Biochemists have even found that the processes in the brain in a state of love are comparable to the processes in the brain of a drug addict after drug administration. But the claim that love is chemistry and that man is nothing else like a mechanical toy, a device to replicate its genes will hit to the frontier of biology, to the wall that delimits the natural space in ladies who explore nothing but matter and energy. For to understand what a person is, we must look to other universes than just the world of neurophysiologist and molecular biology.
Behavioral genetics provide us with a significant finding: Genes determine not only the visual material in our body – what color we will have. Eyes, where the organs will be located in the body and what the overall architecture of the body will look like – but they also stand in the background of our behavior, our actions, of our deeds. And as we will see below, genes are also behind our psyche.
The influence of genes on behavior is one of the most mysterious components of biology. When the spider weaves its web, it takes approximately 1,400 movements. And he doesn’t have to learn his art: everything is written in his genes, and so without ever seeing his parents at work, right after for the first time, the network will play accurately and without error. How can movements be recorded in genes?
Most insect species will not experience their parents and will never see their children: the new generation hatches in the spring, when the parental population is already dead. The whole complicated art of survival of locusts, beetles, and butterflies must be in some way already in the genes; it must be somehow already contained in the zygote, the first cell from which their bodies are formed. It must already in some way have information on what food looks like, what the reproductive partner looks like, and how to avoid enemies.
Swallows are moving south in the autumn to Africa. However, the first to fly is the young, born in that year, the old ones to follow them later.
So parents can’t show their children how they do it for the first time in the day. The entire download route and its direction must be somehow in their genes, and must have been in them when their body was made up only of the first cell’s zygote. It isn’t easy to imagine how they are all properties and body shapes of the swallow inscribed in its genes. In this, the first cell also hides a flight command to the south, and that in addition, it must be timed correctly and leading in the right direction to the right African zigzag; mysteries are still unsolved.
After hatching from eggs, eels must be assembled – so to speak, spa – three long years to travel alone back to the mouths of European rivers. Eels do not know the geography and do not know what the planet looks like. The eels we learn from our rivers lie far in the ocean, up to
the Sargasso Sea off Bermuda, more than 6 000 miles away.
The fertilized egg must therefore already contain instructions for a long and challenging journey home by the sea, to rivers where the eel has never been before – and also the information that at the end of life, it is necessary to swim back to the Sargasso Sea. The American rodent Diplomas orders’/ 7 (in Czech – as well as in Slovak) – it is called and reminds our mouse, a little) when he hears the purring sound of his the main enemy of the rattlesnake, thanks to its extremely well-developed hind legs, will make a reflexive long jump backward. The jump can be up to two meters long! Jumping at the crackling sound, Diplomas doesn’t have to learn from his parents. It is somehow written in his genes – there is no time to learn in nature; the only mistake is death. So, what the command “jump immediately” in a crackling sound can be written in the genes back! “without this individual ever bitter before the sound was heard, no one knows. Evolutionary biologists believe that there are many types in our species as well, behaviors are written in genes.
Much of our behavior is innate: for example, even a newly born blind child can smile if he wants to show satisfaction and frown when he shows his will. There is no culture in the world in which a smile is a sign of hostility. Thus, the innate ability to smile must be hidden somewhere in our genes. Outside running, chimpanzees can smile as well as they can kiss and touch your hand in greeting, albeit a little differently, how we shake hands. Just like a newborn does not have to
learn to smile, he doesn’t even have to know to look for swaying head movements in mother’s breast, he can do it from birth, and he can also suck – all those abilities are somehow rooted in his genes. But natives can firmly press the offered finger without learning, and even the strongest gripping reaction will be evoked by fur or anything hairy. Our ancestors probably wore cubs hung on for thousands of years, fur, as our closest relatives still do today. Now firmly to hold was therefore once necessary for the young. A similarly swaying movement is probably a sign to the child that everything is fine. Maybe that’s why a stroller walking on uneven paving or cradles has such a calming effect on children – we adults can imagine the most pleasant way to sleep.
This genetic behavior is ancient and originated in an entirely different context, such as our cities and skyscrapers. With our genes, we are probably armed to respond to significantly different ones However, in addition to genes, it affects us and all other organisms and our environment. Genes are the architectural design of our body and our administration; they are the project of the house to be created. In addition to designing, however, for the construction of the place you’re necessarily building materials, money, company, types of bricks and panels that are currently in stock. From one project thus, depending on the builder’s possibilities, several impressions can be created, and if a shortage of building materials, artisans must improvise. We would teach scholars about the norm of reaction. Japanese bonsai is an excellent example of how an organism is affected by the environment you grow. The usual tall would grow in nature tree from the same seed from which the gardener grows bonsai. If we plant some species of plants from rugged mountains to fertile lowlands, we are surprised by their high growth; We also know that we will see a much larger harvest for well-fertilized soil. Thus, not only genes but also the environment affect what the organism will look like. The genes of our hunting-gathering ancestors even explain our shared inability to lose weight. It is assumed that there was a moment of surplus in the hunting and gathering period, foods alternated with long periods of shortage. One of the modern hypotheses thinks that we overcame a period of hunger. The body sets itself up for what survival regime when carefully considering whether to release the calories obtained. A similar phenomenon may occur in people who are starting to lose weight: the body detects the beginning of a period of hunger and switches to a saving mode. The more we try to lose excess pounds, the more we will fight for calorie savings. Maybe because our cures part ends and infamous-genes did not notice enough food in our Euro-American population.
Situations like the ones we encounter in cities. After all, ours several million lasting existences just about the last few we have been living in homes for a thousand years, and our genes have almost certainly not yet adapted. We feel dizzy when we realize that some genes are in us
more than three billion years old, and that they are being handed over unchanged from one generation to the next across all animal species!
Everything that happens down here is because the Almighty wants it. Whether by allowing it or by doing it himself. There is no doubt that God does well even when He allows evil, for even evil happens only when it is God’s intention, and God’s intentions are always good. Although evil itself is not good, it is good that it is good and evil in the world. Why are they wrong? This is how the good often asks those who have to endure the bad. St. Augustine answers. Do not think that the wicked are in vain in the world and that God cannot extract good from this fact. Every evil one lives either to be corrected or to test the virtue of the good. A sinner today can become a great saint of tomorrow. St. Augustine gives us this example. Even if evil people do not improve and are a burden to us, let us protect ourselves from hating them because we cannot know whether everyone will persevere in this anger until the end. It is scarce for a person to give his work a certain degree of perfection, and if he fails to do so, he breaks the job and begins again. God has given man an excellent gift of freedom. Freedom means that a person can degrade, do something wrong. But God will not destroy man. It gave him a chance to correct himself; he started again—the bigger the evil, the more excellent the good that will be gained from it.
When we admit that evil triumphs over good numerically, it does not mean that it is equal in weight, a single act of virtue transcends all sins so much. There are no such crimes that often do not have a providential mission. They strengthen fluctuating virtues, teach patients, allow love to prove heroic. Delusions help to find the truth. Revolutions remove great iniquities. There is also the difference between God and man. A person is guilty of allowing to commit a sin that he could have prevented. Even if God does not prevent evil, even though He could prevent it, he remains holy. Human justice is not equal to God’s righteousness. It is up to God to act as God and to man as man. God acts as God when He acts as the first cause, the Almighty, which uses both good and evil. That is why God is not bound to prevent evil. He can get sound out of him, for example, from the crime of the Jews, the sacrifice of his Son, whose perfection and merit are endless. Thus, as he cannot be deprived of the power to prevent evil or the ability to extract sound from it, he uses both according to a rule which may not be known to us.
Whoever wants to follow me, deny yourself, carry your cross every day and follow me “(Luke 9:23). Until we take up our cross and follow Jesus, we gain significantly by self-denial little. By the cross, I mean the burden of pain, sorrow, or sacrifice that we could put off, but we prefer to keep them because of others. These are things that we would otherwise naturally put aside.
However, we continue to carry our cross voluntarily because we know that there is no other way to bring it salvation, deliverance, and healing for lost, sick, and suffering humanity. “Staring at Jesus, who guides our faith from the beginning to the end” (Hebrews 12: 2). Jesus did not have to endure the cross. In the evening, when he was arrested, he said he could even at the last minute to pray to the Father, and he would have at his disposal twelve legions of angels who would save him from his fate (see Matthew 26: 53,54). But Jesus came to the cross because he decided in his heart to fulfill the Scriptures. When he endured whipping and sacrificed as a lamb without spot and blemish, a lost and sinful man, has been delivered from two curses: sin and diseases.
Moses also had a shared in the Spirit in this Spirit when he abdicated the Egyptian throne and identified with his brothers – with the race of slaves – so that he could bring deliverance through his suffering and sacrifice to his people (see Hebrews 11: 24,26).
Paul obeyed his heavenly vision, left his place on the council of elders, and joined in the persecuted sect of Christians to bring deliverance to the Gentiles. When Paul, said: ‘Now I am going to Jerusalem because the Spirit is forcing me, and I do not know what will happen there. I know only so much that the Holy Spirit announces to me from the city that bonds and suffering await me. But I attach no value to my life other than to … preach the gospel of God’s grace. ” (Acts 20: 22-24), he followed Jesus and carried his cross.
Charles G. Finney raised his cross as he left the promising job and entered services – for untested fields for which he was not particularly prepared. Nevertheless, raising the cross is not enough. We have to take it DAILY! We have to take him willingly and bear faithfully and without hesitation. It is relatively easy to decide to carry your cross during inspiring calls for consecration to God. However, much fail their cross again the next morning. Christ never took time off from his cross. He took the cross with him on vacation! Although at times, he stepped back into seclusion to rest, still carrying a heavy burden.
Jesus was once in Samaria, tired and hungry. His disciples went to the city to shop for food, and Jesus sat by the well. Yet, he had the time and strength to lead one soul to salvation, and thus began a revival that swept almost all of Samaria into the kingdom of God (see John 4).
When Jesus faced one of the most significant losses of his life – the sudden and violent death of his cousin and dear friend John the Baptist – he wanted to step aside for a moment. But some people took it they found and followed him even then. He was filled with compassion when he looked at them; he set down his grief, raised his cross, and began to heal the sick and meet their needs (see. Matthew 14: 13,14).
The cross was not an accident that happened to Jesus at the end of his life. He was born, lived, and died in the shadow of the cross. He knew about him all the time, but he never pushed him aside. Never did he not forget to take up his cross every day. There was never a day when he said, “Today is mine day. I will not take care of my Father’s business again until tomorrow. “He has never experienced a moment in his life. He said, “This is my time of rest, and people must wait until I rest. Then I will go after them and I will fulfill their needs again. “Even in a moment of grief, he could not say,” My grief is too much
big. I’m entitled to a little comfort. Let them serve me a little. “
One night, Jesus was to be betrayed. He continued to serve his disciples; even though he knew he was false, the disciple who betrayed him sat among those he served. He rose from the table to his disciples
washed his feet. He illustrated to them something he had spoken of earlier: “Not even the Son of man he did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many “(Mark 10:45).
To the eyes of this world, it might seem that it was only on the dark day of Golgotha issued as he was crucified (John 19:16). But Jesus constantly carried his cross as he served the people. He was poor, despised, lonely, and misunderstood. Still, he willingly went around towns and villages, and he healed all who the devil oppressed to bring many sons with his fame.
The world does not have to see and understand our cross. However, each of us has a destiny from God’s cross, whether we want to carry it or not. It is not a disease that we cannot put off on our own. These are not unpleasant life circumstances around us, whether we serve God or not. It is something we accept willingly — as a personal sacrifice to ourselves — to obey God and blessed others.
Have you ever praised the cross you carry? Or was it a matter for you to feel pity for the life circumstances it brings you? Or did you willingly take on burdens and the sorrows of others so that you can help them and bless them? And bring them salvation and deliverance?
If you desire the miraculous power of God, you must pay the price. You are willing to take on EVERY DAY your cross and follow Jesus all the time? If you follow Christ completely, you will go with him to the place filled with the Spirit, then to the desert, where he spent hours fasting and prayer. You will experience hours of unappreciated service, misunderstanding, and persecution. You will spend lonely nights in prayer. You will follow him into the garden and carry his burden for lost. You will think that someone by your side feels with you that he found that the others had fallen asleep in the end. Then you stand in the courtroom for fake and unjust accusations. You will be whipped by a “nine-tailed cat” (a whip with nine strands), and eventually, they will offer you vinegar bile. Even before the pain and suffering with the cross, you must not take a step back. You might say, “Sounds like I should lose my life altogether.” Exactly. But Jesus said, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it; who, however, he will lose his life for me and for the gospel, he will save it” (Mark 8:35).
Such is abundant life – POWER life! It is a life of true satisfaction. You will know that you did not live your life in vain! Such a life is worthy of every sacrifice. It’s lovely to know that. We followed in the footsteps of the Son of God.
Objections to religion.
Since the 19th century, for the natural sciences, it has accumulated against religion that they have become a real obstacle for people on the path to God. Only visible and tangible were considered realistic. Physics has long-buried this primitivism. There are still people who want to see everything. They only recognize what they see. As if humanity did not have a whole other range of cognitive paths. Maybe the time will come, the time will come when people will not believe only what they see. We can’t see everything. We do not see whether the water in the soup is salty or sweet as we do not see whether the iron is magnetic, whether the wires are charged with electricity, or whether there are electromagnetic waves in his room. There are things of the spirit that cannot be seen and touched, although they undoubtedly exist. There is no worse prejudice than that really is only what can be ascertained by the natural sciences.
Academician Charvát wrote. When someone demands strict proof of God, it is as if he is asking for something daring. May God be God in some evidence. Are we not treating God then as a physical object? Maybe by proof to reach God? Is it possible to grasp God by evidence ?. For the natural sciences to know means to mean at the same time points to control, submit, get into one’s power, or use. This is how we know the laws of nature, subdue them, hold them and use them. And all this kind of coldly and impersonally. Knowing God is something completely different. We cannot know God by controlling Him, by submitting Him. We cannot know God impersonally and disinterestedly. We can know God only as a living person, with confidence in openness and love. To prove the existence of God is, therefore, something other than to prove something in geometry. Above all, one must know God for oneself and get to know him as a living person. When I proved God logically, I still lacked something important; I may not have found him as a human being yet. He can remain indifferent to me. I can know a person if I have not seen him for myself, and I often do not note his existence. Only when I start to like a person can I feel that he exists.
The natural sciences give us cold and factual knowledge. And they give us, especially the ability of details. However, the amount of detailed knowledge about the material world that science offers us is not enough for our lives. A pile of more information doesn’t have to be worth more than a pile of bricks from a collapsed building. The natural sciences do not know the beginning of things. Therefore, they cannot give us exact data about their origin. Science takes things as given. And we’ve been asking ourselves questions for ages. From where? and why? Where is the man from? And why is he human? A certain intoxication of science and technology has long blocked our path to God. The embarrassing arguments against God by satellites are known. If we are rightly proud of our science, which has revealed the complex laws and ingenuity of the world, we should realize that we are only syllabifying existing things here; we are telling them. But we have not invented this ingenuity or these laws.