[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of November 28— December 4 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 400 - What Do We Most Need?

[The speaker is Jerome Franke. The questioner is Robert McKinnon.]

Questioner: People want many things. Even in remote areas the list of wants grows each year. Yesterday's luxury often tends to become tomorrow's need. On the other hand, there's rebellion in some areas against conspicuous consumption and a desire for things merely for their own sake. It seems harder than ever before for us to say what we really do need most.
Speaker: No person can answer for another. Each of us can benefit from honest, penetrating soul-searching. Discovering what we most need may start with differentiating between mere wants and actual needs, but it really goes much deeper.

There are wonderful insights in the Bible on this point. For example, there's a telling passage in Ecclesiastes that comments on what results from having a false concept of what we most need. It says (2:10, 11): "Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy... And, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun."

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December 6, 1969

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