God created mankind in his own image from the dust of the earth and breathed the breath of life into us. He created us with a freedom of choice but he also provided a set of universal laws, called principles, to guide us in using our freedom of choice
In the Second Chapter of Romans, Paul teaches that the standards of right and wrong are written on the heart of each one of us when we are created.
In spite of God’s love and assistance, we have continued to struggle down through the eons of time since creation because of the result of heavy burdens we have placed on ourselves as a result of making wrong choices.
Finally, two thousand years ago, God came to Earth and took on the form of a new-born baby. He proceeded to show by his own example how to live by his principles in our relations with each other.
In, the Gospel of Matthew, the Biblical writer tells us that a star stopped over where the child, Jesus, was located. While this star did represent a geographical location, we can also use it as an analogy for God to indicate to the world that this was his Son who would show us how to be reconciled with our creator by living in accordance with his principles. Thus, God’s Star of Excellence.
We have interpreted the meaning of these principles in ways that make us feel more comfortable, rather than the way in which God provided them. There is a lot we can learn from how the Biblical writers interpreted them. We will look at God’s meaning of Honesty, Honor, Humility, Fairness, and Justus.
James L. Setser, Lay Leader
St Paul UMC-Marietta,Ga