Archive for September 5th, 2008


Purpose of Life


     Mormons often ask Christians what they think our purpose is for being on earth.  Mormonism says that the purpose of earthly life is to be tested.  As one of their 12 apostles said; “We have trials to face because our Heavenly Father loves us.  His purpose is to help us qualify for the blessing of living with Him and his Son, Jesus Christ, forever in glory and in families.  To qualify for that gift we had to receive a mortal body.  With that mortality we understood that we would be tested by temptations and by difficulties.”

     As he says, Mormonism teaches that we have to qualify to live with Heavenly Father.  Part of that process of qualification is the overcoming of earthly temptations and difficulties.  That we are on earth to pass the test is a bedrock belief of Mormonism.  Most Mormons accept this without question.

     Therefore they have looked at me quite strangely when I said that I don’t agree with that purpose.  Most see that as a given.   They have continued to look at me strangely when I tell them that our purpose is to believe that Jesus has already passed the test for us – and then to share that awesome news with others.  Why am I on earth?  To be a light – pointing people to Jesus – his perfect life led for them – his sacrificial death for all their sins – his victorious resurrection as wonderful proof.  Life is not about passing the test.  Life is about celebrating the victory and salvation won for us by Jesus.

September 2008

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