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Glorious lightbulbs!

We recently read a portion of C.S. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory. I really enjoyed it, and I found this part particularly interesting, as I’m always on the lookout for new information and arguments for human purpose.

Lewis says:

“…Surely a man’s hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body by eating and inhabits a world where eatable substances exist. In the same way, though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will.” (emphasis added)

He states earlier that although a man’s hunger doesn’t mean he will always have enough to eat, it certainly indicates that he needs food in order to properly function – he’s designed that way.

Yes, this is a short post. It’s basically to say that I’m open to any more suggestions or worthwhile readings on the purpose of humanity…I’m always looking.  🙂


8 Responses to “Glorious lightbulbs!”

  1. Love that book. One of my all time favorites. Which published version was it from? If its the Zondervan, HarperSanFrancisco printing with an introduction by Walter Hooper, then my suggestions are actually in that printing. Transposition, which is top notch, and Is Theology Poetry? Why I Am Not a Pacifist is also in there.
    Other than Lewis? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Deitrich Bonhoeffer are both good too.

  2. the purpose of humanity? Isaiah 43:7!
    Created for His glory!!

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It is our light, not our darkness,
    that most frightens us.
    We ask ourselves,
    who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
    talented and fabulous?

    Actually, who are you not to be?
    You are a child of God.
    Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
    There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
    so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
    We were born to make manifest
    the glory of God that is within us.
    It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

    And as we let our own light shine,
    we unconsciously give other people
    permission to do the same.
    As we are liberated from our own fear,
    our presence automatically liberates others.”
    Marianne Williamson

  3. You might want to consider that there are two possible meanings of “the purpose of humanity”. Look at it this way:

    I have a hammer. I intend to use this hammer to construct a picnic table, then return it to my tool chest.

    Now, is the purpose of the hammer to construct picnic tables, or is it to reside in a tool chest?

    (This is Nathan from HSD.

  4. I really do not know which edition it was. I just…typed it up. 😉 Yes, I’ve heard of Why I Am Not a Pacificst. I want to read it for myself, though. MLK, Jr? Really? I’ll have to look into that….

    Great poem, great reference. 🙂

    Nathan, I would argue that a tool such as a hammer can be truly dual-purposed, unlike a human being. Humans are simply so much more complex than tools. You know? Or perhaps I don’t completely understand your proposition.

  5. I would agree with James, the Westminster catechism says, “The purpose of man is to love God, serve Him, and be with Him forever.” Or Something like that. LOL

  6. That was kinda my point — it’s possible for one thing to have many different purposes, so I’m not sure you’re going to easily boil the purpose of humanity into a single sentence or even a paragraph. “Purpose” can have so many different basic meanings (ranging from “moral obligations” to “eternal destiny”).

    Basically, I think we agree? 😉

  7. Yeah, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” I think it reads. Gotta love Catechisms…

    The poem is from “Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson – NOT as it is usually referenced, Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech.

    Nathan’s got a good point but I would word it differently perhaps. We all have different general goals, eg, dentistry, couch recovering, or being a hobo, but “purpose” means the reason something is done or created or the reason something exists. I do not exist to bake bread, or type a blog. That may be how I glorify God, but whatever my complex life may be, that is not going to complicate my purpose. It may define the road I take (or am given) to get there, but the end will be the same. Do not be fooled, God will not be mocked.

  8. PS, if the hammer’s purpose was to reside in the tool chest, then it would never leave it, end of story.
    Note, even if one doesn’t believe in God, God will still be glorified. (There is *small* hint of truth to the old saying) if you aren’t playing, you’re being played.

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