The case

A book is not interesting, exciting or funny because it is a book. Being a book is in itself quite ordinary. Interesting, exciting or fun, the book is only if the content shows it to be. The question is therefore what we get out of the book.

Clearly, the book may have some value if it is decorated with jewels or if it is five hundred years old. It has then a certain value as an object for the market. It may also have some value if it was given to us by our friend the first time we kissed, for example. It will then have a certain sentimental value. However, in such cases, the book will be of value as a thing to us - a thing which either has a function or a role. Value in itself, being something we value as stern, the book will only have if it has an impact by being a heavenly concern. Only then it has conservation value.

And so it is with humans, also. We are mostly normal. A human being may have value for the marked and it may have sentimental value, in other words it may be necessary by virtue of its function or useful by virtue of its role, but conservation value the human being only have by virtue of being lovely.

If man really is something depends on what influence he will have. It depends upon the way he is. The question is if he has conservation value. Value in itself, the human being only has if it is not an expedient thing but serves all, what it can do only if it is concerned, i.e. if one acts in power of belief without being certain. We are justified by faith, and by faith alone. As a necessary or useful thing, man is worth nothing to God.

As things we are owned. Other people will then appreciate us as necessary or useful objects and we are made unable to serve by faith. As functions and as roles we are spiritually dead. Saved is he who works not by exercising any function or role but who works by virtue of his calling when exercising contemporary functions and roles.

Justified by faith man can not blame his function or his role. God will not accept that. God expects us to be independent, and we are at all times responsible for what we do. We are expected to be decent by what we do, but we shall be decent not psychologically, by satisfying nature's expectations to us, and not sociologically, by satisfying culture's expectations to us, but spiritually, by making Christ valid. What, specifically, God's expectations are, can not be specified. So we must act in the power of our faith.