It is an error to believe that your body owns the soul. No human possesses the soul. Most of us are brought up believing that the nature of this
world exists within this backwards dualistic mindset, forcing us to willfully buy into the false notion of objectivism—viewing reality as an
identity we own. Not only does this mindset cause us to grasp at our own souls as possessions, we tread on the dignity and rights of countless souls
around us in the wake of our choices. Our misunderstanding of what it means to be moral creatures resides in this false belief of the body possessing
If we flip this counterfeit, egocentric view back to reality, we see that the body does not possess the soul, but the soul possesses the body as a
gift from God. Understanding this one point allows us to see the world as it truly is. Buying into objectivism merely denies this reality and
tramples the bestowal we owe back to God under a metaphorical foot of pride. Nevertheless, true reality will not be so easily placated. The bill for
this false mindset of egoism will eventually come due for each individual. Only Christ can pay this bill in full.
Life requires a choice from each of us: Either we steal away the gift of life as a possession through egoism, or we honor God by paying the gift
forward for the good of others through altruism. Stealing gives the reward of what is taken. Giving pays back abundantly and endlessly, across many
lives and throughout many lifetimes. The choice should be easy to make when viewed according to the truth of where the soul resides. Law is an
unnecessary boundary for the altruistic individual.
Egoism—the pursuit of rational selfishness and the pursuit of personal happiness—is the deception of our egocentric society. On the surface, this
materialistic, me-centered mindset seems like a plausible philosophy for personal advancement. The immediate rewards of the self-centered mindset are
undeniable and hard to pass up. These rewards are immediate and seem to emanate endlessly from the fountainhead of temporary abundance and perceived
security. It is easy to shrug off altruism for fear of uncertainty and loss. Egoism is the easy path to follow but ultimately destroys the soul in
the process. No legal requirements will be enough to hold back egoism in a materialistic society.
Altruism—the denial of self in loving-kindness to others—represents the only truth that can set the world free. Taking on the title of Christian
ultimately requires the sacrifice of being Christ like. This is the narrow path leading to a true life of abundance. This wealth cannot be lost and
is the only way to find contentment in life.
Does altruism require us to give a beggar a dime, and then pay for our lives dime by dime? Do we give our way forward in life as payment for the
choices made by others? Are we the beneficiaries of our own lives or debtors to God? The true individual is the one who dares to live for the needs
of others, fully considering himself to be equally in need. The true individual recognizes that God ultimately carries our burdens and gives us all
that we possess in this short life.
Ayn Rand - Objectivism
"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive
achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."
Paul of Tarsus- Altruism
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will
pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a
child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a
mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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