The Christian meaning of life

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In this book the theme of the Christian meaning of life will be developed, based on chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, in which in eschatological terms (parable of the Last Judgment) it is highlighted that the ultimate aim of the Christian's life is protection of the last (those who are hungry, thirsty, foreigners, naked, sick, in prison, etc.) because whoever does this has the right to eternal life, but to achieve this objective it is necessary to obtain "oil" (parable of the 10 virgins) , that is, forming oneself spiritually through prayer, fasting, reading the Bible and/or other sacred texts, etc. and cultivate one's natural gifts (parable of the talents). It is clear that even those who indirectly contribute with their work to the social injustices that affect the least deserving of eternal life. Furthermore, those who are unable to pursue these goals, for example due to a disabling disease, can contribute to completing in their flesh what is missing from the sufferings of Christ in favor of his body which is the Church as we read in 'Colossians 1,24 '. This type of suffering is called reparative, while the suffering due to one's own sins is called purifying.
In chapters 13,14,15 of John', Jesus gives the disciples during the Last Supper the new commandment of mutual love, providing the washing of the feet as a practical example of this love. In essence, mutual love between believers in Christ must go as far as taking care of what may seem reprehensible (washing someone's feet). The commandment to love one's neighbor as oneself, contained in the book of Leviticus, however remains and Jesus explains it in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
The aim therefore of the Christian is to live in communion with God and his brothers and to love his neighbor as himself.

Table of Chapters[edit | edit source]

  1. Matthew 25 100% developed  as of Feb 12, 2022
  2. Mutual love 75% developed  as of Feb 12, 2022
  3. Love for others 75% developed  as of Feb 13, 2022
  4. Purifying suffering 50% developed  as of Feb 14, 2022
  5. Reparative suffering 50% developed  as of Feb 14, 2022