Your E-mails: March 2022

Your E-mails: March 2022

“If God is all-knowing, He must know the outcome of everything—so why bother going through the process?” Ed: GOD HAS A PURPOSE, which is to fill the earth with His glory (Habakkuk 2:14). That purpose involves you and me (if we want it), glorified and immortal when Jesus Christ returns to establish God’s Kingdom: ‘When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ (Colossians 3:4). There are those who will respond faithfully and be part of that glorious future, and those who won’t (see for example Matthew 25:31–46). God knows everything: ‘O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up’ (Psalm 139:1–2). He knows the future: ‘I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done’ (Isaiah 46:9–10). So

The Purpose of Life

The Purpose of Life

SOONER OR LATER each of us must ask ourselves—does life have a purpose? Some conclude that life is just an accident; that history is a tale told by an idiot; the only golden rule is “do to others before they do to you!” Morality is then simply a question of “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (as the Bible succinctly puts it in Isaiah 22:13). There are many people who profess this view as the purpose of life, but it strikes me as a shallow and unreflective answer. It’s actually preached more often than consistently followed, because its adherents are usually quick to talk about ‘justice!’ and ‘fair play!’ and ‘my rights!’ when they feel themselves to be hard done by—as though the moral standards which do not apply to them should nevertheless apply to others. Humanism A more thoughtful answer to our question is the ‘humanist’