My BIG metaphysics question was “What is the purpose of life?” but I soon realized that I was going to get to nowhere with my question because it was so broad so I looked at it from a Christian perspective. I am interested in this question because it is something I have looked into before and it really helps me to understand more about my beliefs and values. I know many people who are knowledgeable about this question and I can go to them for help with my assignment. I also hope to be able to show why I believe what I believe and hopefully spark everyone’s curiosity who reads these blog posts.
The blog I am quoting from is written by Beth Davies-Stofka. The blog focuses on many aspects of my question, particularly our ability to reason and question things and how it is connected with our purpose. It also tells about God’s grace and how we cannot fulfill our purpose without it because of our lack of understanding.
“In this purposeful creation, everything and everyone is intrinsically valuable. God’s design or purpose for creation reflects God’s intention that all creatures enjoy perfect love and justice. God works in human history to fulfill that purpose. God created human beings in the divine image, enabling humans to have some understanding of God and of God’s vast and complex design. The purpose of life is to love and serve God to help bring about God’s glorious plan for creation. Reason is a unique gift bestowed by God on humans and enables them to reflect on their own nature and conscience, and from that derive knowledge of God’s will for creation. But a complete understanding is beyond human reach. To fulfill the goal of wholeness in an existence perfected by both justice and love, something more is needed. Humans are not expected to accomplish the divine plan alone. The fulfillment of God’s purpose depends on God’s grace. For Christians, grace is God’s freely-given favor and love.”
Reason is a gift from God to use for us to understand and comprehend our lives, to an extent, but not everyone will use their gift to their fullest potential.
“Reason is a good gift, sometimes misused for selfish, willful, or prideful purposes. The substitution of selfish ambition for God’s will is a condition that Christians call sin, meaning separation or alienation from God.”
Sin is the thing that caused Humanity to lose their connection with God all those years ago. However, grace was able to bring that connection back. Even though sin has degrees and difference consequences for in our human perspective (as in some sins are worse than other ones), God does not see any difference.
“Christianity teaches that everyone is equally prone to sin and so it focuses not only on human behavior, but also on human nature. In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote that “there is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-23). Even though there can be a considerable scale of wrongdoing in sinful human activity, a person’s sin does not make him or her less valued by God; everyone is equally a candidate for redemption.”