Illusions of Possession

Illusions of Possession
This fellow seemed to be the most magnanimous person imaginable. He distributed  gifts left and right. He wrote out large checks to charitable causes. He handed out money to everyone who asked him for financial help.

But he wasn’t generous at all.

It wasn’t his money.

Fact of the matter, its never your money. If you believe in the Jewish Bible you should know that everything belongs to God. Nothing that inhabits His universe can truly give anything.

How strange then is the central claim of Christianity. How can devotion be owed to someone for giving away something that was never his?

When a human body gives away its human life, it is not giving away something that it truly owns. Every iota of strength, be it physical, emotional or spiritual are all possession of the One who created us all. If someone uses that strength to do something unusual, that someone may deserve thanks and praise as is coming to a creation of God, but not the devotion that is due to the One Master of all.

The righteousness that may be contained in a human body can never be truly belong to that person. Even the very existence of any finite being is only an expression of God’s generosity. There is nothing that an inhabitant of this universe can do that will give him the title of “object of devotion.” We all owe all to the One who truly possesses all.

The Messiah of Israel articulated this truth in one simple sentence. He turned to the Creator and declared; ” Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” (1 Chronicles 29:14).

A man who attempts to draw attention to himself by creating an illusion of selfless giving has taken a position against the central message of Israel’s Messiah.

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Yisroel C. Blumenthal

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