What can be closer to our eyes, ears, mind
ó to our whole being, than life? Everything lives, there is life everywhere. At
the same time, what can be more puzzling to us than life? Even to this day,
people have not come to an agreement on the question: is life an initial
beginning or a secondary appearance? Is it an origin or an aftermath? The root of existence or its flower? To those that believe
in God, there is no question. The vital beginning lies in the basis of all
beings, and it is implanted by the Creator.
As soon as life leaves matter, it becomes dead.
How it departs is inexplicable. Much as one would wish to catch her at this
moment, it flees like quicksilver through fingers. Outlived, torn out, mowed
grass ó and the form of life given to it by God, has left it. A person dies and
his life leaves the body. However, it hasnít perished. In the destroyed body
that has been surrendered to the soil, her place will be slowly occupied by
much lower life forms. Yet its life bearing beginning, intellectual, conscious,
which we assume consciously, its soul doesnít die. Before anything, it departs
taking with it that which it brought to the body. It brought the person a
consciousness in an individual, personal form ó and it carries it away, having
filled it with substances worthy of eternity (and maybe not so worthy).
Thus surmises reason. However, the Christian faith
gives firm and clear witness to the immortality of the soul. "And the
Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7). Godís
breath can never perish! The body perished, and the "spirit shall
return unto God, Who gave it" (Ecclesiasts 12:7). This is our
God-revealed truth, this is our faith.
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