by Rabbi Wayne Dosick, PhD

Since the Enlightenment, the world in which we live has put its highest value on matters of the mind—the highly intellectual, rational, logical, and, now, technological aspects of life. And surely, we have greatly benefitted from the discoveries and advances in thought, science, medicine, and technology that have flooded our world.

Yet even with the expertise of our own human role in these leaps forward, we know that there is nothing that is not of God, who is the Creator, Sustainer, Guide, and Redeemer of us and our world.

The Jesuit priest and spiritualist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reminded us who we really are: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

God placed us on this Earth with a Divine Design for our purpose and mission. We are to be co-creative partners in building up our world, and we are to follow God’s code of moral behavior and ethical values that elevates the human spirit. With God, we are to fashion a world of goodness, righteousness, peace, and love.

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Excerpted from Radical Loving: One God, One World, One People © 2021 by Rabbi Wayne Dosick, PhD. Published by permission of Rabbi Dosick is a spiritual guide who counsels about faith, ethical values, life transformations and evolving human consciousness. He is the leader of the Elijah Minyan, a retired visiting professor at the University of San Diego, and the host of the monthly online radio program SpiritTalk Life! He has authored nine critically acclaimed books, including the classic, Living Judaism.

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