What is your religion’s ultimate goal? by Rudolfo Jerome Lacusong

In this article, Rodolfo Jerome Lacusong, a colleague and a Christian Science Practitioner, shares his spiritual perspective on what religion’s ultimate goal should be.  He acknowledges that the First Commandment (stated in the Book of Matthew in the Holy Bible) gives us the perfect model to aspire to – it is to love God supremely.  Rodolfo explains how working toward developing a close relationship to (a better understanding of) God and what that means to our individual welfare and the welfare of mankind is a daily goal that blesses all.  Enjoy!

Religions ultimate goal is to LoveDOES religion need an ultimate goal?

In a wedding ceremony I attended a week ago, I was asked by an old high school friend about my faith. I mentioned to him that I am a Christian Scientist. He was not familiar with Christian Science, so I shared some simple ideas. To my amazement, he asked, “What is your religion’s ultimate goal?”

I was caught unaware. I did not even know what to say. And in humility, I told my friend that I really had no answer at that moment, but I would surely email him, once I got the answer.

As I pondered on my friend’s inquiry, these verses from the Book of Matthew in the Holy Bible came to thought. A lawyer, testing Jesus on practicing his religion, asked:

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment. (22: 36-38) To me, Jesus’ reply summed up the value of commitment to a religion that is not merely doctrinal or intellectual but a religion that leads us to love God supremely. This love is more than personal. It is selfless, practical, beneficial and ready to embrace everyone.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org