October 29, Monday

Saint Timothy (ortodox icon)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16.17.

I did not ask to come into the world; yet here I am! Just why was I born? Who am I and what is the sense of my life? Have I a task to fulfil? Such questions arise only among people who have an inquiring mind. Their queries are serious, since we have only one life to live and cannot simply start again.

Everyone strives after assurance and fulfilment. At the same time what is senseless and worthless is rejected. By nature mankind carries the thought of eternity along with him: he wants to live and not die. He senses that there must be an answer somewhere, a reliable explanation and a convincing solution. But where can they be found?

The Bible is the source. Written over a period of sixteen centuries by some forty different writers, it transmits a uniquely unified line of thought. The individual parts complement each other and reveal a wonderful plan, the revelation of God to mankind, like a letter that He has sent us, a “manual” for our life. How many, who have accepted the message of the Bible, regret not having known it earlier. Seeking elsewhere what can be found only there, they wasted much time. Countless men and women have made the acquaintance of their Creator and His gracious provision for mankind through the Bible. Since then they have led their life according to His mind.

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