Date: Thu Sep 28 1995 - 10:30:53 EDT
In a message dated 95-09-28 08:04:30 EDT, Neil124@aol.com writes:
> The question of why we are living on this earth and what our purpose is
>here is perhaps the most profound question one can ask. In an article I
>in The Living Pulpit entitled, "What is the Purpose of Life?", John
>provides an interesting answer.
> Macquarrie points out that we all have purposes we work at day by day.
>We may even have an overall purpose that embraces and coordinates all the
>little purposes. But Macquarrie shows there is an even vaster purpose
>behind human aspirations and states that "God has a purpose for the whole
>creation, a purpose that gathers up, purifies and deepens all of our finite
>purposes. Jesus Christ believed that there is such a purpose and called it
>the `Kingdom of God.'"
> He also makes clear that God is not a mathematician whose intention was
>to create a mechanized universe or an overwhelming esthetic creation. On
>contrary, Macquarrie says, "God is a God of love, whose purpose in creation
>was not to bring into being a fascinatingly beautiful universe, but to be
>confronted with an `other' who could respond to love with love, who could
>live in communion."
> Does anyone have any thoughts about Macquarrie's view on the purpose of
>Life? I should mention that you can get an electronic summary of this
>article or information about The Living Pulpit by sending e-mail to
>"Livpulpit@AOL.com" Any ideas on the subject?
This is not a new view, I think it is correct, but what has this to do with
the purpose of this list?
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