Purpose & Man’s Chief End

Posted: March 14, 2015 in Blog, Man's Chief End, Pastor's Corner, Purpose

Man’s purpose in the world is… What? This isn’t a question for philosophers to pick at, writing long treatises no one can understand, while normal people get on with living. Most often we don’t want to be concerned with what isn’t entertaining. But this isn’t only a question for a philosophizing rabbit. Man’s purpose in life is something we must come to terms with, which is far from unimportant. To help with the entertainment factor I’ll try to provide dancing monkeys and a bear riding a unicycle while contemplating purpose together. Unknown   The issue of man’s purpose is a deeply theological question, and theology should be of the greatest concern for everyone. I’m not claiming that everyone must be a theologian of the highest caliber, even so mankind was created by God, for God, and in every way we must know God. The Westminster Catechism communicates man’s purpose in a very clear way. It states that the “chief and highest end of man is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.” Official sounding language, pointing to the reality that man’s purpose is greater than one might assume in the realm of secular naturalism. Creator God is the center of man’s purpose. Rom 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”  1 Cor 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  1 Cor 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  Ps 86:9, 12, “All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name…. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.” This smattering of the biblical passages teaches of the purpose for which humanity was created. The problem is that naturally mankind cannot understand this truth due to the innate blindness mankind possesses. The purpose of all life is greater than the self, and man has a hard time seeing that. Continue to think with me regarding this claim of ultimate purpose. If mankind is blind to this truth, how then are we to come to a knowledge of the the truth? If man is predisposed to indifference and misunderstanding, how does it effect us? If our chief end in life is God’s glory, then how might we satisfy the purpose for which we’ve been created?

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