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“Without money and without price”
"While it is the general rule in the affairs of state and commerce that service and substance must be paid for, and while this buying and selling of service and substance constitutes the daily round of the vast machinery of modern civilization, yet there are still some things absolutely vital to all that can neither be bought nor sold, but are alike FREE to the wealthy as to the poor, to the wise as to the fool.
A man may live for weeks without solid food, but he can only live for a few minutes without air. Solid food must be paid for, but vital air is FREE. Coal, gas, electricity must all be paid for, but sunlight, without which human life would be impossible, is FREE. We turn on our taps and pay our water rate, but our payment is for service, for convenience, not for the water, rain is FREE.
“God ... left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:15-17).
“He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45).
“God that (Who) made the world ... giveth to all life, and breath” (Acts 17:24,25).
Here we have the Scriptures reminding us that sunshine, shower, and the very breath in our nostrils are the free gifts of God to man. The philosopher summed up humanity as “mostly fools”, and many are made fools by their pride, but have you ever heard of anyone so foolish as to die for want of breath simply because it wounded his pride that air was FREE? Has there ever lived a man who would rather suffer the agony and death of thirst, than drink a cup of water, because water is FREE? Surely, never!
Remember this, dear reader, when you feel inclined to refuse God”s greatest gift of all because it wounds a foolish pride in being FREE."
-Charles H. Welch
"Relativity applies to physics, NOT ethics." - A. Einstein
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