Those who have followed my blog regularly probably have noticed how repetitive my blog posts have seemed for the last few weeks. This repetition is the result of a common theme: I am blogging through the Book of I Corinthians verse-by-verse, so the repetition in my blog posts represents the repetition of the ideas expressed by the divinely inspired author. If God inspires the writer to keep pressing home a point, then you can bet that the point is important!
The point–the common theme that we have been studying for the last 20 verses or so, is that true wisdom is not the result of a high IQ or a good education. True wisdom, that is, belief in the fundamental truths of this universe, is something that is given freely by God:
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. (I Corinthians 2:12 NIV)
Only those who are true Christians know the answers to the great fundamental questions of existence: Where did we come from?, What is our Purpose?, Where are we going? We did not get these answers because we are smarter than everyone else. We “understand” because God has “feely given us” the answers through the Holy Spirit.
If you want to know the truth about the universe, than pray to God in humility. Don’t demand the answers, but beg for them, since you need them and only God can give them to you.
As a believer, I can tell you, briefly, what the answers to the fundamental questions are:
Where did we come from? God created us for fellowship with Himself. He wants to have an eternal relationship with us. Our souls (which are eternal), and our bodies (which are temporary) were created with great love and Genius that is sufficient in and of itself to prove that we have a loving, intelligent creator. But more specific knowledge about God beyond this is impossible without divine revelation.
What is our purpose? Our purpose is to have a relationship with God. We are to honor and worship Him as our creator, and He, for His part, wishes to enjoy fellowship with us for eternity. However, this relationship is hindered by the sin in our hearts, sin which came upon our species after we were created. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins that he might purchase us back for Himself. In order to have the relationship with God for which you were created, you must repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Where are we going? That depends on whether or not our relationship with God is reestablished with God. If we repent and believe we will have fellowship with God for eternity in a New Universe that is much superior to our current universe. We will shine like the stars forever, bringing glory to God. Those who do not believe will bring glory to God too, by being punished forever in hell for their selfishness and unrighteousness. Our God is a God of both mercy and justice. All those who humble themselves before Him will receive mercy, those who continue to choose sin over righteousness will receive eternal punishment.