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Wonderful Thing(s) & Thought(s) thereof

Joan Winifred

Promoting mental health…

The Bible encourages us to cultivate qualities that foster good mental health, qualities such as compassion and forgiveness. “Become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another,’ says Ephesians 4:32.

According to a publication of the Mayo Clinic, “If you don’t practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly.” Forgiveness, the article explains, can result in “healthier relationships; greater spiritual and psychological well-being; less anxiety; stress, and hostility; lower blood pressure; fewer symptoms of depression; and lower risk of alcohol and substance abuse.”

Forgiveness and c-o-m-p-a-s-s-I-o-n “more than” just words or l.e.t.t.e.r.s…

Secular education is important. But “education…that produces initials at the end of your name…is no guarantee of moral intelligence,” said an editorial in Canada’s newspaper Ottawa Citizen.

Indeed, many highly educated people–including leaders in business and government–cheat, defraud, steal resulting in a “serious crisis of confidence,” according to a global study published by Edelman, a public relations firm.

The bible focuses on moral and spiritual education. It gives insight into “what is righteous and just and fair, the entire course of what is good.” (PROverb 2:9)

What about science joanie?? (YEAH! Science has its place.) Accurate science and true spirituality are complementary (in my universe/view of things)…

Science can give us mathematical formulas for laws governing the universe, but science cannot tell us why the universe exists or why it is governed by precise laws…

Science can explain how the reproductive organs function, but it cannot define sexual morality.

Science can describe the development of a human embryo, but it cannot make moral decisions on the embryo’s right to life.

Science has answers to all kinds of questions. But science, enlightening though it is, has limits. The book Biotechnology–Changing Life Through Science states: “Most scientists, doctors, and philosophers agree that science cannot answer ethical, moral, or religious questions.”

(Excerpt references Awake! No.2 2016 Is the Bible Just A Good Book?)

This good read promotes “good” behavior…behavior based on love:

“a wonderful thing”…

“Happily the Bible indicates that goodness can be learned. Love is the compelling force to do what is good since, “love does not work evil to one’s neighbor; therefore, love is the law’s fulfillment.” Romans 13:10 (excerpt Awake! 2010)

Your heart singing yet?? (OH Yeah, baby!:))

 

4/1/16@12:51 p.m.

 

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