Living in, and as, love

For the Lesson titled "God the Only Cause and Creator" from June 3 - 9, 2013

Pondering human existence, Albert Einstein asked, “What does a fish know about the water in which he swims?” He concluded that we are inherently unaware of our true existence. This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “God the Only Cause and Creator,” prompts me to ask, “What do we know about the divine Love in which we live?”

The author of Ecclesiastes characterized human existence through one Hebrew word: hebel. It means vanity. Known for its wisdom, the book opens with a teacher stating, “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Throughout Ecclesiastes, the teacher emphasizes that our material possessions, especially those things we proclaim to create, are a reflection of our vanity. For example, in Ecclesiastes 2:4–6, the teacher describes the false sense of human creation, “I made me great works; I builded me houses; … I made me gardens and orchards, and … pools of water” (citation 15).

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