The Real Versus the Un-real | The Real Purpose of Life

Roman Catholic Claim

Old catechisms asked, "Why did God make you?" The answer: "God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next." Here, in just 26 words, is the whole reason for our existence. Jesus answered the question even more briefly: "I came so that [you] might have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

God's plan for you is simple. Your loving Father wants to give you all good things-especially eternal life. Jesus died on the cross to save us all from sin and the eternal separation from God that sin causes (CCC 599-623). When he saves us, he makes us part of his Body, which is the Church (1 Cor. 12:27-30). We thus become united with him and with Christians everywhere (on earth, in heaven, in purgatory).
Christian Response

The overwhelming assumption in Roman Catholic theology is that God has a purpose for each and every person in the world that can be thwarted [frustrated] by that person. The enormous underlying axiomatic presupposition in Rome is that man's alleged free-will is the final determining factor in his future. Essentially, Rome believes that Jesus Christ died on the cross for each and every person in the whole wide world. Based upon this understanding of the atonement of Christ, Rome reasons that God wants to save each and every person in the whole wide world. Notice the supposition: "Your loving Father wants to give you all good things - especially eternal life." God wants to save everyone but God cannot. Why can He not? Because, some men will not let God save them. Unless man lets Him God cannot save anyone. When Rome says, "When he saves us, he makes us part of his Body, which is the Church", Rome means when we let God save us and when we let God put us in His Church.

The mere idea that God's absolute sovereign will, that brings to pass all things according to His counsel, can be stymied by the will of man is bad enough. The Bible explodes this mythology of Rome in numerous instances. Let one example be sufficient for now.

ROM 9:14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! ROM 9:15 For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." ROM 9:16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. ROM 9:17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth." ROM 9:18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. ROM 9:19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?" ROM 9:20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it? ROM 9:21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use?

However, Rome further distances herself from Christian theology by insisting that God has provided a way of salvation for man within the Roman Catholic religion. Not only does Rome deny God the sovereign power to save whom He wills, Rome substitutes her religious rituals in the place of God's method of salvation. In this way the water of Rome is doubly poisoned.

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