Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a church official. It’s Terry Miller, described as “ruling elder, Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Bartlesville.” Here’s their website. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the elder’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
In his novel ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ (1979) Douglas Adams describes how an alien race programs a computer called Deep Thought to provide the ultimate answer to “Life, the Universe and Everything.” The answer came back — 42. What is the meaning of life and the universe? What is the purpose of my life?
What a brilliant way to introduce us to his questions. How does the elder answer them? Let’s find out:
We can only find the answers to these questions if we are fortunate enough to have it revealed to us by the one who created everything. [Yes, true knowledge comes from revelation!] It has to be revealed to us by the one who existed when everything was created. Fortunately, this is the case. And the answer is not 42.
So what’s the answer? The elder says:
The world and all that exists is not a cosmic accident. The origin of the world came to pass through the intelligent design [Ooooooooooooh!] and decision of a supernatural being who has a purpose for everything He does. That person is God. And God indeed has revealed the answers to these question in His revelation to man — in the Bible.
Yes — that’s where the answer is! So what’s the answer? The elder tells us:
The quick answer to the question of ultimate cause is that God created all things for His own glory and pleasure. [That makes sense.] “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.” Romans 11:36
Skipping some other bible quotes, the letter continues:
The following quotes from the Bible is the purposeful conversation of the triune God in the early portion of God’s revealed word — the creation account — in the Scriptures. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Aha, so that’s where it all came from! That’s good to know. Let’s read on:
God has a purpose for everything He does. [Of course he does!] Immediately after man was created, he fell into sin and brought ruin upon the whole human race. But God provided a way of escape for man by sending His son in the likeness of human flesh to die for man’s sin and ransom him from eternal death. If we deny the revelation of God and His creation, we have no purpose.
That’s fascinating information! And there’s more to come:
Another question is “What if there is something beyond death?” Also, “Am I accountable to God?”
The elder has the answers:
Our purpose in life is to bring glory to the triune God. [Great purpose!] We do this by trusting in Jesus Christ, who came to redeem man from his fall into sin. Otherwise, we will face His wrath when He returns again in judgment. “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36.
After that series of revelations, we come to the end:
What is your purpose in life? Where will it lead?
A frightening question! That’s because we know where you’re going, dear reader — right into the Lake of Fire!
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