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Student Edition

Produced under the auspices of the
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
Office of Education
Published by
Pacific Press® Publishing Association
Nampa, Idaho
Copyright © 1998
by North American Division Office of Education
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Reprinted 2006

Your Religion Class
The CROSSROADS SER IES
Logo for the CROSSROADS SERIES
Goal of the CROSSROADS SERIES
Units of Study for Grades 11, 12
Versions of the Holy Bible Used in the CROSSROADS SERIES

Memorization of Scripture

Lessons on Friendships
Lesson 1

Created for Love

Lesson 2

Climbi ng the Ladder of Love

Lesson 3

Who Am I?

Lesson 4

Missing the Blessing

Lesson 5

Building Solid Relationships

Lesson 6

How to Be More Attractive

Lesson 7

The Gift of Friendship

Lesson 8

Iron Sharpens Iron

Lesson 9

Words, Words, Words

Lesson 10

The Good Old Days?

Lesson 11

Is This Love?

Lesson 12

Too Close Too Soon

Lesson 13

The Value of Virtue

Lesson 14

Positive Sexuality

Lesson 15

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Lesson 16

How to Break Up Without Falling Apart

Lesson 17

How to Bend Without Breaking

Lesson 18

The Lifelong Journey

Acknowledgments and Thanks

Your Religion Class
This section provides yo u with some gen eral information abo ut the CROSSROADS
SERIES and your religion class.

THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The CROSSROADS SERIES contains t he religion curriculum for Seventh-day
Adventist secondary schoo ls, grades 9-12. This textbook is a part of t he seri es.

LOGO OF THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The logo of the CROSSROADS SERIES symbolizes the underly ing
theme of the series- t hat t h e Cross of Jesus Christ is at the very
ce nter of the Christian faith. God 's revelatio n of Himself in the
Cross reveals the o n ly sacrifice Fo r sin and the ultimate significance of life to each person and to every natio n. Thus the Cross
stands as the decisive moment o f truth for a ll humankind
throug h all ages . The logo, in symbolic form , portrays t he centra lity of the Cross wit h a ll paths (roads) of human experience and persona l decisions leading to and from it,

GOAL OF THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The goal of the CROSSROADS SERIES is to lead young people to t he loving a nd
redeeming God of Scripture. His self-revelation has its focus and fulfillment in the
life, death , resurrection, and intercess ion of Jesus Christ, whose substitutionary
death on th e cross is the so le basis of Christian assurance. Wit h Christ as Sav ior
and Lord , each believer is enab led, th ro ugh the Holy Spirit , to experience a life of
worship , growth , and service, and to proclaim and stand ready for His return.

UNITS OF STUDY-GRADES 11, 12
There are ten units of study that comprise the religion curriculum for grades
11 and 12. Each unit is published in a separate textbook. The units of study
(textbooks) are:
Daniel and Revelation
Beliefs
Friendships
Romans
Choices and Challenges
Hebrews
Marriage and Family
Worldviews and Religion
Life Philosophy and Moral Issues
John

VERSIONS OF THE HOLY BIBLE USED IN THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, referred to as NIV, is used as the primary
version of Scripture for the Anchor Text, scriptural references quoted in the narrative section of the lesson, and answers to Bible Search activities and Practical Application. Other versions of Scripture have also been used when the particular version
enriches the meaning of a given reference.

MEMORIZATION OF SCRIPTURE
Each lesson contains a verse labeled Anchor Text. Some or all of these verses
will be assigned for memorization. The content of the references should first be
understood, both as to its meaning and its application to your life.

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Hal)~llless

is a~atn, not aoesllnalloll,

Created for Love
Intersection
This lesson establishes that God created us with the need to give and to receive love.
Thus the desire for a relationship with God and with each other is part of God's plan for
our lives,

life Principle
Positive relationships with God and with people are the best way to find true meaning in life because God created us with the need for love.

hile researching
material for his
book The City of
joy, Dominique
Lapierre lived in a
Calcutta ghetto for
two years. "During this long, difficult,
and sometimes painful research, I had to
adjust to all sorts of situations. I learned
how to live with rats, scorpions, and
insects; to survive on a few spoons of
rice and two or three bananas a day; to
queue up for hours for the latrines; to
wash with less than a pint of water. . . .
Living with the heroic inhabitants of the
City of Joy completely transformed my
sense of priorities and my assessment of
th e true values of life. After this confron tation with the real issues of existence-hu nger, disease , total absen ce of
work .... I no longer fight for things
like a parking place wh en I return to

Europe or America. Sharing, for all these
months, the lives of a population wh o
has less than ten cents each day to survive on also taught me the real value of
things ... and the beauty of sharing
with others. For two years nothing was
asked of me but always given. The gen erosity of my friends in the City of Joy
showed me that everything that is not
given is lost. " 1
Why would a book about one of the
most impoverish ed slums in the world
be called City of joy? Beyond all the econ omic hopelessn ess, beneath all the
filth and mire, within all the teeming
masses- the lepers, the beggars, the
sick, and th e dying- the indestructible
reality of love shines through the darkn ess. The City of Joy is redeemed by the
unselfish desire of its citizens to share,
to give to others even wh en there isn 't
enough for on eself. They give of them-

selves, sometimes even giving up their
own lives when there is nothing else to
give, In their determined passion to
love others regardless of their own circumstances, their single greatest possession is their constant j oy,

Like all humans, Adam was
created with a craving for
closeness, a hunger for
intimacy.
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It's incredible! In the worst possible
situations in life, human beings still
reach out for love. This doesn't sound
much like th e survival of the fittest. It
sounds much more like human beings
created in the image of God. Beings created for love.
MADE FOR LOVE

That first Friday in Eden every living
thing pulsated with the perfect harmony of a sinless creation. In th e center
of this perfect environment stood
Adam, a flawless human being, created
by God's own workmanship. He even
had an absolutely ideal relationship
with God. Yet God concluded, "It is not
good for the man to be alone." This
statement is a profound insight into
human nature. God did not create us
for a life of splendid isolation, even in
Paradise. God placed with in Adam a
desire and a need for human relation-

sh ips. Without human friendship Adam
would suffer incredible loneliness, even
in a perfect world .
It is important to notice that God
created Adam with love-needs that God
chose not to fill Himself. Around Adam
were superior beings, such as the angels,
and inferior beings, such as the animals;
but what Adam needed was someone
who was equal to him, a "helper suitable for him." Like all humans, Adam
was created with a craving for closeness,
a hunger for intimacy. This was not the
result of sin ; it was an essential part of
God's plan.
Human beings must have intimacy.
Everyone of us has a deep and powerful
longing to love and to be loved by at
least one other person. During World
War I, the hospitals of London overflowed with the casualties of war. In the
pediatrics wards, overworked nurses
cou ld barely keep up with prOViding
food , clothing, and sh elter for dozens of
babies left orphaned by the bombs that
daily devastated the city. The death rate
of t h ese infants began to rise alarmingly
in all but one of the city hospitals.
When medical authorities investigated
these hospitals, they confirmed that the
infants had adequate food and clothing
and showed no signs of terminal d isease.

What was wrong? Why were they
dying? Finally one Signi fi cant difference
was discovered. At one hospital, there
was a volunteer janitor, a kind elderly
woman who often had to rest between

her chores. While the nurses rushed
about, she rocked t he babies to sleep,
singing sweet lullabies as she held them
close. The babies in the other hospitals
were dying from lack of love. The most
essential human need was not being
met, and they could not survive.
DYING FOR LOVE

Today people are still dying for lack
of love. We have become a society with
all the comforts of life but with much
discomfort with living. We have many
sophisticated pleasures, yet we experience little joy. Unlike the residents of
the City of Joy, we often fail to remember that life's greatest meaning comes
not from ou r possessions but from our
relationships, After a ll , he who dies
with the most toys- still dies. And the
tragedy is that he may never have really
lived.
Maybe that is what Jesus meant
when He said, "What good is it for a
man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit
his sou l?" (Mark 8:36). What does it
mean to "forfeit your soul"? You don't
have a soul. You are one. So, in some
ways, losing your own soul involves losing some of your humanity, being less
than a complete person, becoming
someone without healthy relationships.
And life without love is painful and
empty.
The good news is that you need not
go through life lonely and isolated. God
gives you abundant opportunities to
experience the joys of friendships and

the rewards of love. His plan for your
life provides for all your needs, your
deepest longings for love and understanding. Scott Kirby writes: "It is not
good for man to be alone. I remember
in my early high school days that I was
ashamed of being attracted to girls. And
adults didn't help this by their constant
kidding! As I grew older, however, I discovered that being attracted to the
opposite sex is nothing to be ashamed
of and certainly not unusual. The
important thing to remember is that
God created us this way. Back in the
Garden of Eden, God made man with a
woman-sized void in his life, And God

We have become a society
with all the comforts of life
but with much discomfort
with living.
created woman with a man-sized void
in her life. This attraction between the
sexes is therefore perfectly natural and
healthy." 2
It is only the examined life that is
worth living; thoughtful reflection gives
meaning to existence. In many ways
the essentials of happiness are (l) something to live for, (2) someone to love,
and (3) something to do with your life.
Throughout this unit we will be examining and exploring the fascinating topics of friendship and love. You may dis-

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