THe narrow road is not an easy road for  mortal humankind to follow.

The mystery of the Power of Life in living things

You may surf the internet until doomsday but no satisfactory search result will emerge regarding that which in general terms is called the 'Life Force': that mysterious quality which enlivens every living thing on the planet. Once life is extinct in any specimen of flora or fauna there is no way for it to be brought back. Every living thing from the smallest virus to the 100 ton blue whale and from the tiniest seed to the largest tree is vivified by the 'Life Force'.

Where it came from, when or why, is not understood and yet the world now contains a googolplex of 'living' organisms. Science is nowhere near solving the puzzle of the workings of the energizing Life Force which gives life to our planet. Let me offer up a challenge. Put all the scientists in the world together; tell them they can have whatever inert material they need and ask them to make an acorn that is alive and which when planted in soil will grow into a mature oak and then produce seeds (acorns) which in turn will grow to maturity and begin producing acorns which...... you get the picture. Or perhaps a seemingly less complex task: request that they heal a cut on a corpse. Whether enlivening animal or vegetable the mysterious Life Force gives life to that which it inhabits and when it departs the organism will no longer function.

To Christians the answer is to be found in John's Gospel ch:1. which states “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning . Through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that was made that has been made. In Him was Life and that Life was the light of all mankind.” Jesus tells us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and it is He and no other who gives Life to all that is in the world and it is He who can take that Life away.

Matthew's Gospel (21: 18-22) records the example of Christ - who gave life to the world by His act of Creation - taking that Life away from a fig tree; and in John's Gospel (11: 11-15) we see  Christ, who gave life to the world by His act of Creation, introducing Life back into a three days deceased, Lazarus.

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