Example #1 Bodies and People

What if PE helped students understand how they are made?

Dave taught PE. He wanted his students/pupils to understand, through the teaching and learning that happened in his exercise class, that we are whole people and that what we do with our bodies affects our minds, our emotions and our spirits.

“Over the week, I set up a range of activities for different ages, abilities and tastes in exercise. I had these at different stations around the gym. Students/pupils had to choose three – such as dance, ball game and walking – to try during the lesson. I tried to give as much choice as possible so that everyone could find some exercise that they enjoyed. I wanted to set up a fun atmosphere to get as much active participation as possible, so I had dance music playing as they came in.

“Before the end of the session we got together and discussed how exercise affects our spirits, minds and emotions. If we are emotionally upset our bodies can feel heavy. Good news can have the opposite effect. Exercise can make us feel better emotionally and help us to think clearly. Spiritually, we can be affected by what is going on in our minds, bodies and emotions. If a person has a relationship with God and feels ‘down’ there is not always something spiritually wrong, sometimes it’s just lack of sleep or exercise! Keeping our bodies fit is part of looking after ourselves emotionally, spiritually and mentally.”

What’s going on here?

Dave saw his PE lesson as a way of helping students/pupils see themselves in a holistic way without divorcing what they did with their bodies from the rest of their being.

He engaged students in focusing on connections, experiencing enjoyment, and reflecting on their experience (activities and plenary discussion).

He reshaped his practice by changing the layout of the room, by the specific atmosphere he created, and by the questions he asked (music, allowing choice, making connections).

How do I do this myself? (Primary) How do I do this myself? (Secondary)

What does this have to do with faith, hope and love?

People are not just bodies or just minds or just spirits, they are all three intricately bound together. What we do in one area affects the others. The Bible recognises this when it says that a heart that is at peace results in a healthy body. Faith, hope and love can never be just spiritual; they always involve the whole person. Love is love for the whole person, not just their ‘spiritual’ welfare. Hope is hope for the whole person now, not just some spiritual existence in heaven. Faith must be translated into action – something we do and live as whole people. We hurt or help whole people.

What difference does it make?

By highlighting the link between our bodies, emotions, minds and spirits, Dave helped students/pupils to see themselves holistically and opened up the possibility of a more balanced view of living.

Where could we go from here?

The integrated nature of humanity can be highlighted in a range of subjects such as science, PE and religious education. A description of people as just spirits is as inadequate as a description of people as just bodies. That is, for instance, why sex is never just about what we do with our bodies, and so these connections can also be explored in health education and sex education.

Digging deeper

The Bible shows God caring about people’s bodies as well as their minds and spirits; he provides food (Acts 14:17) and challenges people to think (Proverbs 3:13) as well as being concerned about spiritual welfare. He created bodies and declared this part of his creation ‘very good’. God took on human flesh in Jesus (Colossians 2:9) and Jesus knew human thoughts and emotions (Hebrews 4:15-16). Jesus healed damaged bodies, minds and spirits as part of his ministry (Luke 4:16-19). The Christian hope for the future is a renewed earth full of people with new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:44). The Bible is positive towards the body while recognising that the body is not now as God created it.

There is no use trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it. I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity taught that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves. But they were wrong. Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body – which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, and that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty, and our energy.
C. S. Lewis

Sometimes the New Testament sounds as if God is against the body when it talks of ‘renouncing the flesh’ (Romans 8:13). ‘Flesh’ is a term sometimes used in the Bible to describe an attitude of opposition to God or going away from him, rather than the body per se. It is used to describe that which leads or tempts people away from God. Our bodies, minds and emotions can either bring us closer to God or lead in the opposite direction. One aspect is not inherently more godly or ‘fleshy’ than the other; all are good and God-made; all are fallen and not now as God intended; all can be redeemed.

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1Paul and Barnabas spoke in the Jewish meeting place in Iconium, just as they had done at Antioch, and many Jews and Gentiles put their faith in the Lord. 2But the Jews who did not have faith in him made the other Gentiles angry and turned them against the Lord's followers. 3Paul and Barnabas stayed there for a while, having faith in the Lord and bravely speaking his message. The Lord gave them the power to perform miracles and wonders, and he showed that their message about his great kindness was true. 4The people of Iconium did not know what to think. Some of them believed the Jewish group, and others believed the apostles. 5Finally, some Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, decided to make trouble for Paul and Barnabas and to stone them to death. 6But when the two apostles found out what was happening, they escaped to the region of Lycaonia. They preached the good news there in the towns of Lystra and Derbe and in the nearby countryside. Paul and Barnabas in Lystra 8In Lystra there was a man who had been born with crippled feet and had never been able to walk. 9The man was listening to Paul speak, when Paul saw that he had faith in Jesus and could be healed. So he looked straight at the man 10and shouted, Stand up! The man jumped up and started walking around. 11When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they yelled out in the language of Lycaonia, The gods have turned into humans and have come down to us! 12The people then gave Barnabas the name Zeus, and they gave Paul the name Hermes, because he did the talking. 13The temple of Zeus was near the entrance to the city. Its priest and the crowds wanted to offer a sacrifice to Barnabas and Paul. So the priest brought some bulls and flowers to the city gates. 14When the two apostles found out about this, they tore their clothes in horror and ran to the crowd, shouting: 15Why are you doing this? We are humans just like you. Please give up all this foolishness. Turn to the living God, who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. 16In times past, God let each nation go its own way. 17But he showed that he was there by the good things he did. God sends rain from heaven and makes your crops grow. He gives food to you and makes your hearts glad. 18Even after Paul and Barnabas had said all this, they could hardly keep the people from offering a sacrifice to them. 19Some Jewish leaders from Antioch and Iconium came and turned the crowds against Paul. They hit him with stones and dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead. 20But when the Lord's followers gathered around Paul, he stood up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas went to Derbe. Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch in Syria 21Paul and Barnabas preached the good news in Derbe and won some people to the Lord. Then they went back to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch in Pisidia. 22They encouraged the followers and begged them to remain faithful. They told them, We have to suffer a lot before we can get into God's kingdom. 23Paul and Barnabas chose some leaders for each of the churches. Then they went without eating and prayed that the Lord would take good care of these leaders. 24Paul and Barnabas went on through Pisidia to Pamphylia, 25where they preached in the town of Perga. Then they went down to Attalia 26and sailed to Antioch in Syria. It was there that they had been placed in God's care for the work they had now completed. 27After arriving in Antioch, they called the church together. They told the people what God had helped them do and how he had made it possible for the Gentiles to believe. 28Then they stayed there with the followers for a long time.
1My child, remember my teachings and instructions and obey them completely. 2They will help you live a long and prosperous life. 3Let love and loyalty always show like a necklace, and write them in your mind. 4God and people will like you and consider you a success. 5With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. 6Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. 7Don't ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the Lord and stay away from evil. 8This will make you healthy, and you will feel strong. 9Honour the Lord by giving him your money and the first part of all your crops. 10Then you will have more grain and grapes than you will ever need. 11My child, don't turn away or become bitter when the Lord corrects you. 12The Lord corrects everyone he loves, just as parents correct their favourite child. The value of wisdom 13God blesses everyone who has wisdom and common sense. 14Wisdom is worth more than silver; it makes you much richer than gold. 15Wisdom is more valuable than precious jewels; nothing you want compares with her. 16In her right hand Wisdom holds a long life, and in her left hand are wealth and honour. 17Wisdom makes life pleasant and leads us safely along. 18Wisdom is a life-giving tree, the source of happiness for all who hold on to her. 19By his wisdom and knowledge the Lord created heaven and earth. 20By his understanding he let the ocean break loose and clouds release the rain. 21My child, use common sense and sound judgment! Always keep them in mind. 22They will help you to live a long and beautiful life. 23You will walk safely and never stumble; 24you will rest without a worry and sleep soundly. 25So don't be afraid of sudden disasters or storms that strike those who are evil. 26You can be sure that the Lord will protect you from harm. 27Do all you can for everyone who deserves your help. 28Don't tell your neighbour to come back tomorrow, if you can help today. 29Don't try to be mean to neighbours who trust you. 30Don't argue just to be arguing, when you haven't been hurt. 31Don't be jealous of cruel people or follow their example. 32The Lord doesn't like anyone who is dishonest, but he lets good people be his friends. 33He places a curse on the home of everyone who is evil, but he blesses the home of every good person. 34The Lord sneers at those who sneer at him, but he is kind to everyone who is humble. 35You will be praised if you are wise, but you will be disgraced if you are a stubborn fool. Advice to young people
1I want you to know what a struggle I am going through for you, for God's people at Laodicea, and for all those followers who have never met me. 2I do it to encourage them. Then as their hearts are joined together in love, they will be wonderfully blessed with complete understanding. And they will truly know Christ. Not only is he the key to God's mystery, 3but all wisdom and knowledge are hidden away in him. 4I tell you these things to keep you from being fooled by fancy talk. 5Even though I am not with you, I keep thinking about you. I am glad to know that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong. Christ brings real life 6You have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord. Now keep on following him. 7Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful. 8Don't let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may sound wise, but they are only human teachings. They come from the powers of this world and not from Christ. 9God lives fully in Christ. 10And you are fully grown because you belong to Christ, who is over every power and authority. 11Christ has also taken away your selfish desires, just as circumcision removes flesh from the body. 12And when you were baptized, it was the same as being buried with Christ. Then you were raised to life because you had faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from death. 13You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God's people. But God let Christ make you alive, when he forgave all our sins. 14God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross. 15There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory. 16Don't let anyone tell you what you must eat or drink. Don't let them say that you must celebrate the New Moon festival, the Sabbath, or any other festival. 17These things are only a shadow of what was to come. But Christ is real! 18Don't be cheated by people who make a show of acting humble and who worship angels. They boast about seeing visions. But it is all nonsense, because their minds are filled with selfish desires. 19They are no longer part of Christ, who is the head of the whole body. Christ gives the body its strength, and he uses its joints and muscles to hold it together, as it grows by the power of God. 20You died with Christ. Now the forces of the universe don't have any power over you. Why do you live as if you had to obey such rules as, 21Don't handle this. Don't taste that. Don't touch this.? 22After these things are used, they are no longer good for anything. So why be bothered with the rules that humans have made up? 23Obeying these rules may seem to be the clever thing to do. They appear to make you love God more and to be very humble and to have control over your body. But they don't really have any power over our desires.
1The promise to enter the place of rest is still good, and we must take care that none of you miss out. 2We have heard the message, just as they did. But they failed to believe what they heard, and the message did not do them any good. 3Only people who have faith will enter the place of rest. It is just as the Scriptures say, God became angry and told the people, You will never enter my place of rest! God said this, even though everything has been ready from the time of creation. 4In fact, somewhere the Scriptures say that by the seventh day, God had finished his work, and so he rested. 5We also read that he later said, You people will never enter my place of rest! 6This means that the promise to enter is still good, because those who first heard about it disobeyed and did not enter. 7Much later God told David to make the promise again, just as I have already said, If you hear his voice today, don't be stubborn! 8If Joshua had really given the people rest, there would not be any need for God to talk about another day of rest. 9But God has promised us a Sabbath when we will rest, even though it has not yet come. 10On that day God's people will rest from their work, just as God rested from his work. 11We should do our best to enter that place of rest, so that none of us will disobey and miss going there, as they did. 12What God has said isn't only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. 13Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth. 14We have a great high priest, who has gone into heaven, and he is Jesus the Son of God. That is why we must hold on to what we have said about him. 15Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! 16So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.
1When Jesus returned from the River Jordan, the power of the Holy Spirit was with him, and the Spirit led him into the desert. 2For forty days Jesus was tested by the devil, and during that time he went without eating. When it was all over, he was hungry. 3The devil said to Jesus, If you are God's Son, tell this stone to turn into bread. 4Jesus answered, The Scriptures say, No one can live only on food. 5Then the devil led Jesus up to a high place and quickly showed him all the nations on earth. 6The devil said, I will give all this power and glory to you. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7Just worship me, and you can have it all. 8Jesus answered, The Scriptures say: Worship the Lord your God and serve only him! 9Finally, the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem and had him stand on top of the temple. The devil said, If you are God's Son, jump off. 10The Scriptures say: God will tell his angels to take care of you. They will catch you in their arms, and you will not hurt your feet on the stones. 12Jesus answered, The Scriptures also say, Don't try to test the Lord your God! 13After the devil had finished testing Jesus in every way possible, he left him for a while. Jesus begins his work (Matthew 4.12-17; Mark 1.14,15) 14Jesus returned to Galilee with the power of the Spirit. News about him spread everywhere. 15He taught in the Jewish meeting places, and everyone praised him. The people of Nazareth turn against Jesus (Matthew 13.53-58; Mark 6.1-6) 16Jesus went back to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and as usual he went to the meeting place on the Sabbath. When he stood up to read from the Scriptures, 17he was given the book of Isaiah the prophet. He opened it and read, 18The Lord's Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers, 19and to say, This is the year the Lord has chosen. 20Jesus closed the book, then handed it back to the man in charge and sat down. Everyone in the meeting place looked straight at Jesus. 21Then Jesus said to them, What you have just heard me read has come true today. 22All the people started talking about Jesus and were amazed at the wonderful things he said. They kept on asking, Isn't he Joseph's son? 23Jesus answered: You will certainly want to tell me this saying, Doctor, first make yourself well. You will tell me to do the same things here in my own home town that you heard I did in Capernaum. 24But you can be sure that no prophets are liked by the people of their own home town. 25Once during the time of Elijah there was no rain for three and a half years, and people everywhere were starving. There were many widows in Israel, 26but Elijah was sent only to a widow in the town of Zarephath near the city of Sidon. 27During the time of the prophet Elisha, many men in Israel had leprosy. But no one was healed, except Naaman who lived in Syria. 28When the people in the meeting place heard Jesus say this, they became so angry 29that they got up and threw him out of town. They dragged him to the edge of the cliff on which the town was built, because they wanted to throw him down from there. 30But Jesus slipped through the crowd and got away. A man with an evil spirit (Mark 1.21-28) 31Jesus went to the town of Capernaum in Galilee and taught the people on the Sabbath. 32His teaching amazed them because he spoke with power. 33There in the Jewish meeting place was a man with an evil spirit. He yelled out, 34Hey, Jesus of Nazareth, what do you want with us? Are you here to get rid of us? I know who you are! You are God's Holy One. 35Jesus ordered the evil spirit to be quiet and come out. The demon threw the man to the ground in front of everyone and left without harming him. 36They all were amazed and kept saying to each other, What kind of teaching is this? He has power to order evil spirits out of people! 37News about Jesus spread all over that part of the country. Jesus heals many people (Matthew 8.14-17; Mark 1.29-34) 38Jesus left the meeting place and went to Simon's home. When Jesus got there, he was told that Simon's mother-in-law was sick with a high fever. 39So Jesus went over to her and ordered the fever to go away. At once she was able to get up and serve them a meal. 40After the sun had set, people with all kinds of diseases were brought to Jesus. He put his hands on each one of them and healed them. 41Demons went out of many people and shouted, You are the Son of God! But Jesus ordered the demons not to speak because they knew he was the Messiah. 42The next morning Jesus went out to a place where he could be alone, and crowds came looking for him. When they found him, they tried to stop him from leaving. 43But Jesus said, People in other towns must hear the good news about God's kingdom. That's why I was sent. 44So he kept on preaching in the Jewish meeting places in Judea. Jesus chooses his first disciples (Matthew 4.18-22; Mark 1.16-20)
1My friends, I want you to remember the message that I preached and that you believed and trusted. 2You will be saved by this message, if you hold firmly to it. But if you don't, your faith was all for nothing. 3I told you the most important part of the message exactly as it was told to me. That part is: Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say. 4He was buried, and three days later he was raised to life, as the Scriptures say. 5Christ appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. 6After this, he appeared to more than five hundred other followers. Most of them are still alive, but some have died. 7He also appeared to James, and then to all the apostles. 8Finally, he appeared to me, even though I am like someone who was born at the wrong time. 9I am the least important of all the apostles. In fact, I caused so much trouble for God's church that I don't even deserve to be called an apostle. 10But God was kind! He made me what I am, and his wonderful kindness wasn't wasted. I worked much harder than any of the other apostles, although it was really God's kindness at work and not me. 11But it doesn't matter if I preached or if they preached. All of you believed the message just the same. God's people will be raised to life 12If we preach that Christ was raised from death, how can some of you say that the dead will not be raised to life? 13If they won't be raised to life, Christ himself wasn't raised to life. 14And if Christ wasn't raised to life, our message is worthless, and so is your faith. 15If the dead won't be raised to life, we have told lies about God by saying that he raised Christ to life, when he really did not. 16So if the dead won't be raised to life, Christ wasn't raised to life. 17Unless Christ was raised to life, your faith is useless, and you are still living in your sins. 18And those people who died after putting their faith in him are completely lost. 19If our hope in Christ is good only for this life, we are worse off than anyone else. 20But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life. 21Just as we will die because of Adam, we will be raised to life because of Christ. 22Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us. 23But we must each wait our turn. Christ was the first to be raised to life, and his people will be raised to life when he returns. 24Then after Christ has destroyed all powers and forces, the end will come, and he will give the kingdom to God the Father. 25Christ will rule until he puts all his enemies under his power, 26and the last enemy he destroys will be death. 27When the Scriptures say that he will put everything under his power, they don't include God. It was God who put everything under the power of Christ. 28After everything is under the power of God's Son, he will put himself under the power of God, who put everything under his Son's power. Then God will mean everything to everyone. 29If the dead are not going to be raised to life, what will people do who are being baptized for them? Why are they being baptized for those dead people? 30And why do we always risk our lives 31and face death every day? The pride that I have in you because of Christ Jesus our Lord is what makes me say this. 32What do you think I gained by fighting wild animals in Ephesus? If the dead are not raised to life, Let's eat and drink. Tomorrow we die. 33Don't fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you. 34Be sensible and stop sinning. You should be embarrassed that some people still don't know about God. What our bodies will be like 35Some of you have asked, How will the dead be raised to life? What kind of bodies will they have? 36Don't be foolish. A seed must die before it can sprout from the ground. 37Wheat seeds and all other seeds look different from the sprouts that come up. 38This is because God gives everything the kind of body he wants it to have. 39People, animals, birds, and fish are each made of flesh, but none of them are alike. 40Everything in the heavens has a body, and so does everything on earth. But each one is very different from all the others. 41The sun isn't like the moon, the moon isn't like the stars, and each star is different. 42That's how it will be when our bodies are raised to life. These bodies will die, but the bodies that are raised will live for ever. 43These ugly and weak bodies will become beautiful and strong. 44As there are physical bodies, there are spiritual bodies. And our physical bodies will be changed into spiritual bodies. 45The first man was named Adam, and the Scriptures tell us that he was a living person. But Jesus, who may be called the last Adam, is a life-giving spirit. 46We see that the one with a spiritual body did not come first. He came after the one who had a physical body. 47The first man was made from the dust of the earth, but the second man came from heaven. 48Everyone on earth has a body like the body of the one who was made from the dust of the earth. And everyone in heaven has a body like the body of the one who came from heaven. 49Just as we are like the one who was made out of earth, we will be like the one who came from heaven. 50My friends, I want you to know that our bodies of flesh and blood will decay. This means that they cannot share in God's kingdom, which lasts for ever. 51I will explain a mystery to you. Not every one of us will die, but we will all be changed. 52It will happen suddenly, quicker than the blink of an eye. At the sound of the last trumpet the dead will be raised. We will all be changed, so that we will never die again. 53Our dead and decaying bodies will be changed into bodies that won't die or decay. 54The bodies we now have are weak and can die. But they will be changed into bodies that are eternal. Then the Scriptures will come true, Death has lost the battle! 55Where is its victory? Where is its sting? 56Sin is what gives death its sting, and the Law is the power behind sin. 57But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the victory! 58My dear friends, stand firm and don't be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile. A collection for God's people
1If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished. 2The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death. 3The Law of Moses cannot do this, because our selfish desires make the Law weak. But God set you free when he sent his own Son to be like us sinners and to be a sacrifice for our sin. God used Christ's body to condemn sin. 4He did this, so that we would do what the Law commands by obeying the Spirit instead of our own desires. 5People who are ruled by their desires think only of themselves. Everyone who is ruled by the Holy Spirit thinks about spiritual things. 6If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace. 7Our desires fight against God, because they do not and cannot obey God's laws. 8If we follow our desires, we cannot please God. 9You are no longer ruled by your desires, but by God's Spirit, who lives in you. People who don't have the Spirit of Christ in them don't belong to him. 10But Christ lives in you. So you are alive because God has accepted you, even though your bodies must die because of your sins. 11Yet God raised Jesus to life! God's Spirit now lives in you, and he will raise you to life by his Spirit. 12My dear friends, we must not live to satisfy our desires. 13If you do, you will die. But you will live, if by the help of God's Spirit you say No to your desires. 14Only those people who are led by God's Spirit are his children. 15God's Spirit doesn't make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we become his children and call him our Father. 16God's Spirit makes us sure that we are his children. 17His Spirit lets us know that together with Christ we will be given what God has promised. We will also share in the glory of Christ, because we have suffered with him. A wonderful future for God's people 18I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us. 19In fact, all creation is eagerly waiting for God to show who his children are. 20Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope 21that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of his children. 22We know that all creation is still groaning and is in pain, like a woman about to give birth. 23The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future. But now we groan silently, while we wait for God to show that we are his children. This means that our bodies will also be set free. 24And this hope is what saves us. But if we already have what we hope for, there is no need to keep on hoping. 25However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it. 26In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don't know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words. 27All our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God's people. 28We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose, 29and he has always known who his chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become like his own Son, so that his Son would be the first of many children. 30God then accepted the people he had already decided to choose, and he has shared his glory with them. God's love 31What can we say about all this? If God is on our side, can anyone be against us? 32God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won't he freely give us everything else? 33If God says his chosen ones are acceptable to him, can anyone bring charges against them? 34Or can anyone condemn them? No indeed! Christ died and was raised to life, and now he is at God's right side, speaking to him for us. 35Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, suffering, and hard times, or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death? 36It is exactly as the Scriptures say, For you we face death all day long. We are like sheep on their way to be butchered. 37In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us. 38I am sure that nothing can separate us from God's lovenot life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, 39and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord! God's choice of Israel