Thursday, May 12, 2005

Mankind's Paramount Purpose in Life


Does God intervene, act, or make any kind of difference in this world, or in the affairs of men?

An Astute Observation:

"Who you are is the difference that God makes ... and that difference is LOVE."

(The "Being of Light" [i.e., "God"], as quoted by Dannion Brinkley in his 1994 book, Saved by the Light, p.25.)

The Answer:

To rephrase Brinkley's quotation, we may say that yes, God does indeed make a difference in this world, but only through us, when we act from Love, because "God is Love". (1 John 4:8)

We are the sometimes semi-sentient, oftimes unconscious agents through whom God acts in this world--making a difference in this world through love and involvement (i.e., compassion):

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, ..." (Donne)

And the medieval German theologian and mystic known to us today as "Meister Eckhard" also said the following:

"God can no more do without us than we can do without him. ..."


Believe me, I understand fully the significance of what I am saying here. These ideas are not bandied about lightly. The question is: can mankind accept them?

T.J. White,
12 May, 2005