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In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, we are reminded how impermanent much of that which we care about truly is. This exemplifies the importance of experiencing life beyond the material, as material can be lost and impede the sense that life can go on.
1 John states to not love the world, because to love the world is to not love God. This does not mean, however, that the material world is evil. On the contrary, John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world.” After God created the world, he said that it was good. The world is good and meant to be enjoyed and appreciated.
Rather, this statement made in 1 John can be interpreted that we should not become too attached to the world and miss the bigger picture. This is the reason Christianity does not make graven idols, so as to not become attached to the material God rather than the real, infinite, universal God. Material God can die. True God cannot.
Therefore, enjoy and appreciate material reality, but do not forget that it is impermanent just as we ourselves are impermanent. Instead, embrace that which is greater than ourselves, that which continues to live on even when physical reality decays.
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