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Sat 22 Feb 2014 07:08:29 | 0 comments
 Woe unto them that evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness. Isaiah 5, 20.

The principles on which human society has been established up to the present, our so-called "moral values", are being called into question more and more nowadays. Concepts like the family, faith, patriotism, authority, or even shame, the love of one's neighbour, honesty and integrity no longer count for much. Principles of good and evil are totally disregarded in certain circles.

What is behind this revolt against morality? Simply the pride and egotism that have ruled people's hearts since sin entered the world. The only thing that counts is "me"! We are told that we must develop our own personality and shake off the shackles that prevent us from enjoying life to the full. Everyone defends his own position, insists his rights and often forgets his duties and obligations in the process.

One quality, however, withstands this flood: it is love. Love means giving and sharing (even oneself, if need be) instead of demanding: it is self-denial in the place of self-affirmation. True love, which has its source in God, is the only real and permanent value in face of the lust for power that is rated so highly nowadays.

The supreme example of such love is to be found in Jesus Christ, who sacrificed Himself for sinners: "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us" (1 John 3, 16). "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but leave everlasting life" (John 3, 16).

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