[Morning Walk] The Purpose: 1 Corinthians 10

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Job 23, 1 Corinthians 10

The Purpose of a Thing

When we know what a thing was made for, we know how to use it. Take, for example, a snow blower. It’s a machine with a spiral blade that picks up and propels snow aside, where it will later melt. Its purpose is to clear snow from a sidewalk or driveway.

Now, let’s imagine that we don’t know its purpose. We think it’s for removing trash. As soon as we start using it for that, however, we discover that it’s merely displacing trash beside us. The area still smells and trash will continue building up.

It doesn’t matter if we know how a snow blower is built or how it functions. If we don’t know its purpose, then we won’t use it properly.

The Purpose of a Person

As a human being, I not only want to know how I came to be and what I’m capable of doing, I also want to know the purpose for which I was created. I don’t want to be a snow blower picking up and displacing trash, but rather one that creates safe walkways for people to walk upon.

While I’ve been thinking about our purpose, I’ve been researching natural evolution. I’ve found that there is at least one thing on which Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins and I agree – namely, that the coming into being of the human person is magnificent. In On the Origin of Species, Darwin wrote: “Thus from the war on nature … the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life …”

Yet, our disagreement is acute. Because these extreme evolutionists don’t believe in the unique creation of the human being by a designer, they cannot proffer a purpose for it. In fact, they go to great lengths to deny that such a purpose exists. As Dawkins wrote, “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”

What they cannot proffer, however, the Word of God can. As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: “ … whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). We were made in God’s image and for His glory (Genesis 1-2, Isaiah 43:7). And there is nothing greater than knowing and living out the purpose for which we were created.

5 Comments to “[Morning Walk] The Purpose: 1 Corinthians 10”

  1. thanks for the encouragement and for the hard work you all put into this site that we can enjoy.

    • A break! What was Morcambe you middle class noethrner? Just find some matchsticks to prop your eyes open and write your posts. You have fans out here with withdrawal symptoms.

  2. Thank YOU for commenting with a thank you! We love doing it because we hope it encourages you. Thank you. :)

  3. Hey B!

    Thanks for this post. I actually was just having a conversation about evolution, creation, ID with a friend last night. I really don’t know a lot about science and this whole debate but it’s something a lot of people care about so I want to be more equipped to speak to it. Would be interested to know your opinions, what all of the different sides are and some resources you suggest.

    Feel free to respond via e-mail. Love you!

  4. Jenn,

    I’m not sure that I can provide everything you need (after all, I’m no scientist either!), but here are some resources that I have found helpful:

    – Richard Dawkins, “The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution” and “The God Delusion.” Dawkins is the premier evolutionist who has committed his life to debunking intelligent design. I prefer reading the evolutionists’ perspectives myself rather than reading an anti-evolutionist’s perspective on their thoughts. Doing so speaks volumes to the people you’re talking with when you’ve done the first-hand reading, e.g., “I’ve read Dawkins and, to my knowledge, he doesn’t argue … ”
    – Probe Ministries (www.probe.org). This is a great organization that hires PhDs in hard sciences and theology, who write intellectually persuasive arguments on many topics, including evolution.
    – Books by Intelligent Design Scientists. Michael Behe, “Darwin’s Black Box” and Francis Collins, “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief” (he founded the Human Genome Project)
    – Discovery Institute (www.discovery.org). This think tank is committed to advancing intelligent design.
    – Josh McDowell, “Evidence that Demands a Verdict.” I would recommend this for your personal reading, but I don’t necessarily recommend this for discussions with others. The title is a bit defensive (in my opinion) and it’s not written by a scientist but a theologian. I own this book and I like it, but I use it in my personal quest for truth, when I struggle with certain things. I don’t necessarily recommend it for a serious discussion with more academically-oriented friends.
    – I’m sure there are others and I welcome anyone else’s advice as well.

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