Originally posted by whodey
For those who don't think there is a hell, what purpose does life have on earth today? Is there no purpose? Will we all wind up the same in the next life?
Also, for those who don't attend church. When Jesus said that he would build his church, what was he talking about? If he was talking about an actual organized body, why do you not attend church? If it is not an organized body of believers, what was Jesus talking about?
God has an eternal purpose in creating the universe and man within it.
God's purpose towards which He moves history and for which He created the creation is seen in Revelation 21 and 22. But it is very symbolic.
God's eternal purpose is to work Himself into man that God and man may be united, mingled, interwoven in a organic unity. This entity is in one way a living house and temple for God and from another angle a Bride and Wife to perfectly match Jesus Christ.
God's eternal purpose is to mass produce sons of God, brothers of Jesus Christ as a corporate living temple city New Jerusalem
. God and man are blended in one.
It is for this reason that the universe exists and that we were created in it.
The invisible uncreated Divine Person wants to be made visible to His creatures by being imparted into them to be their live and everything.
God wants what Christ is - the mingling of Divinity with Humanity.
He wants Christ and He wants Christ expanded, Christ enlarged, Christ multiplied and built up together in life and love to be a city New Jerusalem