Is There a Purpose For Life?
Telecast Date: November 2, 1982
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   Modern science is now just beginning to admit that there really was a worldwide flood some 4500 years ago. In the days of the Noah of the Bible, now the flood really did happen and drowned everyone on earth. But the real question is, why would a God of love suddenly drown and put to death all of humanity? Millions of people, all that were living on earth, except for eight people. Just Noah and his wife, their three sons, and their wives. Why would a God of love drown? Put to death? All of the people on earth except eight?

   The World Tomorrow. The Worldwide Church of God presents The World Tomorrow with Herbert W. Armstrong. Ladies and gentlemen, Herbert W. Armstrong.

   There's a great deal of discussion right now in the United States about capital punishment. Is it right or wrong for the government the state to put one criminal to death, either by some type of execution, by the gas chamber in California and the electric chair in New York, and other means? To understand, we need to ask and to answer: Why did God put humanity on the earth in the first place? Why are we here? How did we come to be here? How did humans come to be here?

   Now, we have the theory of evolution that has been tried, and, you know, the scientists have said, "Give us sufficient knowledge, and we will solve all human problems, and we will eradicate all of our evils on the earth." Well, we've had knowledge. Knowledge has increased, knowledge doubled in the decade of the sixties. Modern science has produced a lot of knowledge, but they haven't solved our troubles. And here we have a world of awesome progress and yet of appalling evils, getting worse and worse every generation, and evolution certainly has not solved the problems. We haven't come up with the answer at all yet.

   What about human life? What about death? If you don't believe the Bible, you have to admit you are ignorant because science cannot give you the answer, and religion doesn't understand the answer. Science doesn't know the mystery of life or the mystery of death. I have a booklet I'm going to announce at the close of this program: Life after Death? Is there any life after death? Science can't give you the answer. They've never seen what happens at death, if anyone goes anywhere, except bury them or cremate them or whatever they do with a dead body. Science knows nothing about it.

   So, we either agree with the Bible as the Word of God Almighty, the Creator who put us here on the earth and what he reveals as to why He put us here and where we're going and why He put people to death in the flood, or we admit we're ignorant and we don't know anything about it and we're just in a world of trouble with no hope ahead whatsoever, except more and more troubles, more and more evils.

   Now, the first mention of man or mankind in the Bible of human life is in the Book of Genesis, the very first book in the Bible, Genesis chapter one, verse 26 (Genesis 1:26). And God said, 'Let us Make Man in our image, after our likeness.' God had made animals each after the animal kind: cattle after the cattle kind, other animals after their kind like dogs, cows, chickens, elephants, whatever, each after his own kind. But now God said, 'Let us make man after our kind.'

   Now, going back to the first verse (Genesis 1:1), the very first verse in all the Bible: 'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.' In the beginning, God. Now that was written originally by Moses many thousand years ago, even several thousand years ago, and written in the Hebrew language. It wasn't written in English. There wasn't any English language then. But in the Hebrew language, he used the word Elohim which is translated into the English word 'God'.

   Now, God is just an English word. But what does it mean? It came from the Hebrew word Elohim, and Elohim ' is a uni plural, like the word 'family' or like the word 'church' or like the word—well, 'team,' a baseball team, a basketball team, whatever—more than one person, but one team, more than one person, but one family, like the word 'church,' several people, but one church. It's a uni plural, a uni plural. But now, who is God that said, 'let us make man in our image.' And what is God like? In John 4:24, you will read that God is a spirit. God is composed of spirit. And then, if you want to know a little more about God, you find him described a little better in the New Testament, in the first chapter of John, John's gospel. In the New Testament, chapter one, verse one (John 1:1): 'In the beginning was the Word.' This is so basic, it's so fundamental. You need to understand it or you must lack understanding. You don't know life; you don't know the purpose of your life. You don't know why you're here. You don't know where you're going. You don't know what it's all about. You don't know why the world is in trouble, what causes all of it. What's the cause of the things that we see all about us in the world today?

   Now, in the beginning—that's before man was created, before there was any man—was the Word. That was written in the Greek language, and 'Logos' is a word that was used—'Logos,' Logos, which means a spokesman, a Word that's a person. And the Word was with God. Now, God is a person, another person. So now you have two persons. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". Well, how could that be? You could say, well, 'In the beginning was John, and John was with Smith, and John was Smith.' Well, John you see could be Smith's father, or John could be Smith's son. Smith is the family name. They're two persons, but they would be one family. And in this case, God is a family, and the Word and God formed a family. "The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made".

   In verse four (John 1:4), 'In Him was life.' He had life. He lived. The Father lived. God Almighty lived, and the Word—you read in verse 14—'the word was made flesh and dwelled among us and became Jesus Christ.' Now, they lived. How did they live? Well, they had an occupation. Do you know what the occupation of God is? He is creator. He is not a destroyer. He is not one who receives, who takes, who gets. He is one who gives, and He creates, and He gives life. He has life. He has life inherent, and He gives life. He is composed of spirit. John 4:24.

   Now, in Hebrews seven, verse three (Hebrews 7:3), we read that "he was without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life", not like we, He had always existed, always your mind can't conceive of that. Neither can mine, but something life had to come from life. Life cannot come from the not living. And that is the first principle of science: that life cannot come from dead matter. It cannot come from the not living. Only life can impart life, and life came from God. He had life, and He had life to give, and He created.

   In Ephesians three, and in verse nine (Ephesians 3:9), you will read that God created all things by Jesus Christ. And the Word is the one who became Jesus Christ, a human being, and dwelled among us. Now, then again, let's go back to Genesis one, verse 26 (Genesis 1:26): 'And God said, let us.' You see what he said: 'let us make man in our image.' Because there was God, and there was the Word. And they, too—the Word did everything that God said. The Word became Christ, and when he was Christ on earth, He said, He spoke not of Himself. He said, He spoke nothing of himself. He spoke only what God told Him to say and to speak.

   But now I want you to notice in the second chapter, verse seven, in Genesis (Genesis 2:7): 'And God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.' Just air in and out of your nostrils, the breath of life, and man became a living soul. In other words, man, made of the dust of the ground, became a soul. The dust of the ground, matter, became a soul. Soul then is made of matter and not immortal. And man had only temporary, chemical, physical life—just the same as animals—the same life as animals.

   Now, let me explain one thing here. The two God and the Word were one, one God. God formed a man. He intended the man to reproduce. I said, Winston Churchill had said to the American Congress that there is a purpose being worked out here below, that purpose is that God is reproducing Himself. He said, 'let us make man in our image, after our likeness.' And all the way through the Bible, you begin to find that God is going to make man into his own Children born of God until we finally become God. Our Children born of us become human just like we're human. And God's Children born of God will become God just like He is God. You know, for years, I thought that would blaspheme me to believe that until I saw it so many places revealed in the Bible and all through, especially in the New Testament that it's either believe it or say, 'I don't believe God,' and very few do believe God anyway, it's just a matter of will you believe God? You can't understand your own existence. You can't understand the world, the conditions in the world. You can't understand life as you see it on earth at the present time. If you don't believe God and you don't find it in this word, the Holy Bible, which is the revelation of God to his people. And I don't say to the world because the world cannot understand it anyway.

   Now, God created man after His own image. But He made him with temporary life like animals. Now, he made a man. He intended the man to reproduce. But the man was not complete. It's like a woman baking a cake and she hadn't put the icing on. It's not finished yet. And so, God had not completed creation when He made just the man out of the dust of the ground. So, He took a rib out of the man and made a wife out of him. And they too became one in the same way that the Word and God became one, they became one. And the church must become one, of those many people, but they must be one in harmony, in agreement, in cooperation, and in beliefs, and in the way they lived.

   God formed man of the dust of the ground. Man did not have life, inherent life. God is composed of spirit. Man is composed of the dust of the ground, but God offered man life. He offered him life. There were two trees in the Garden of Eden where God put the man and the woman that He had created and made. And there it was the tree of life, freely offered to them. But there also was another tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they desired to take to themselves spiritual knowledge, that is the knowledge of right and wrong, which is spiritual knowledge, that's not material or physical knowledge, it's spiritual, but man made the wrong choice.

   And so, you will read in the fifth chapter of Romans and verse 12 (Romans 5:12), 'Wherefore by one man,' that's that man, Adam, sin entered into the world because he disobeyed God, he disobeyed, and sin is the transgression of the law. "Sin entered by one man entered the world, and death by sin; so, death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned". And so, death passed upon all men. Then again, you read in Hebrews nine and verse 27 (Hebrews 9:27) after Adam had made that decision and had rejected life and just took to himself life and took to himself the spiritual knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, then 'as it was appointed unto men once to die. But after that, the judgment.' So, God then, at the foundation of the world, made it appointed to men once to die. But after that, the judgment. Now, this life is only a physical, physiochemical, temporary existence. It is not real life, but it is appointed to all men once to die and then is going to come a resurrection and a judgment. You read about that in the 15th chapter of I Corinthians about the resurrection.

   Now, at the same time, you read in Revelation 13:8 that Jesus, there called the Lamb of God, was slain at the very beginning of the foundation of the world. In other words, it was decreed that He would be slain. It was understood between Him and God that He would come, be born of a human virgin Mary, that He would live on the earth without sin, that He would die to pay the penalty of man's sin in man's stead because the first man began to sin.

   Now, that man and woman had a son, his name was Cain. They had a second son. His name was Abel, but they hadn't trained their children properly. And there was a Satan around who got to them while they were even infants and children growing up, put a wrong attitude, a wrong spirit in them. Cain killed his brother Abel and then lied to God about it. And so, all have sinned, and it's come that way on down to you and me today, and the world is full of sin, and sin is the transgression of the law. And God's law is love. It's the way of giving, it's the way of helping and cooperating, the way of love, out flowing, good, outflow concern for the good and welfare of others, instead of jealousy or envy or competition, strife or vanity for your own self. And man has lived that way, transgression of the law of God, ever since.

   Now, it was decreed then that Christ would come as the Lamb of God to be slain for the penalty of our sins, to pay it in our stead. Now, on Adam's sin, the Holy Spirit was shut off. God closed up the tree of life, which were merely a symbol of the Holy Spirit. He shut off the Holy Spirit from mankind until the Kingdom of God should be ordered upon the earth. God was going to create His kingdom. He was going to reproduce himself. In other words, His begotten and born children, becoming His great family, would become the Kingdom of God and would govern and rule the whole world and ultimately the entire universe, as God is the creator and does govern and rule the entire universe.

   Now, what gospel did Jesus bring when he came? He was called the second Adam, and Jesus proclaimed the gospel that you find in Mark, the first chapter (Mark 1:1). 'The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.' Then it speaks about John the Baptist preparing the way before him. And after that, John was put in prison. Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God and saying, the time is fulfilled, because Jesus had just overcome Satan, and unqualified to rule in that kingdom and set up that kingdom. And the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye therefore, and believe the gospel. How can people believe a gospel that has not been preached to them?

   And for 1900 years from 70 A.D. on, that gospel was not proclaimed to the world. It now is proclaimed, and you're hearing it by my voice this second, you're seeing it proclaimed this very second, and it was not proclaimed for 1900 years. They proclaimed a gospel about Christ, but a message about the messenger. Christ was a messenger God sent to the earth. He was the Word, the spokesman. He came speaking the gospel. Jesus came with the gospel. They preached the gospel or a message rather about the messenger. But the gospel is the message that the messenger brought. And that was about the Kingdom of God, about the coming kingdom or government or family of God into which we may be born.

   Now, this world began with Adam. This world began really with the first Adam, and he chose to take to himself the knowledge of good and evil. He disobeyed God. God wanted him to take of the tree of life. God wanted him to have life, inherent eternal life as God has, but he rejected it and he rebelled against God, he disobeyed and he sinned. And so, all have sinned.

   Now we go to the sixth chapter of Genesis, beginning in verse one (Genesis 6:1). 'And it came to pass when men began to multiply upon the face of the earth', there was a population explosion, 'and daughters were born unto them'. And verse five (Genesis 6:5), 'God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the eternal that he had made man on the earth and grieved him at his heart'.

   'The earth was also corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth and behold, it was very corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth' (Genesis 6:11-13). All flesh had corrupted his way. But Noah found favor with God because Noah was perfect in his generations. That is not spiritually but his physical generations. Noah was perfect and Noah did walk with God. And God saved Noah and his family; had him build an Ark. Noah preached, he preached to the world and warned them for 100 years. God did not drown the earth and the people on it until they had been warned 100 years—Noah and his sons.

   And so, we read now in the seventh chapter of Genesis, verse 17 (Genesis 7:17), 'And the flood was 40 days upon the earth, and the waters increased and bare up the ark.' And then verse 21 (Genesis 7:21), 'And all flesh died that were upon the earth.' And then we see in verse 23, (Genesis 7:23) 'And Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives, only were left alive on the earth'. Otherwise, everybody else died.

   Now, God had decreed, remember that it was appointed to man once to die. And after that, the judgment. Now, then we turn over to the 15th chapter of the I Corinthians in the New Testament. And you read here beginning verse 22 (I Corinthians 15:22), 'For as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.' Christ is the second Adam who came to redeem man. God had only given man a temporary existence. At first, they lived over 900 years. Ultimately, God cut the span of life down to an approximate 70 years, and some of us have lived a little longer than that, but that's about an average. So, you only have a temporary life anyway. It's a matter of how long do you live?

   Now, God chose to cut the life short of that 900 years or even 70 years. And He cut the life short of all who then lived in the flood because of their wickedness, and it was bringing only violence upon the earth, just as it is today. Jesus Christ said in our day, it would be just as it was in the days of Noah—violence filling the earth—and it is today, once again, we're in the very last days now. And this time, another judgment is coming on the earth.

   So, God simply took away this temporary life. 'But as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.' Every one of them is going to be brought back to life. 'But every man in his own order: Christ, the first fruits'. He was resurrected over 1950 years ago. 'Afterward, they that are Christ at his coming, the dead in Christ.' And those in Christ who are alive will be changed in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, from mortal to immortal, from human to divine, from matter to spirit, and will be called up to meet Him in the air. But they only meet him as He's coming to the earth, and His feet will touch that same day on the Mount of Olives, and where He is, there we may be with him also. And then we'll start a new heaven and a new earth. Then we'll come the end, and others, a resurrection finally, and a judgment.

   Now, in the judgment, they're all going to give account for the way they lived on this earth, and they're going to be called guilty, and the penalty is going to be death, but not that first death, the second death. Then they're going to be notified that Jesus Christ paid that penalty in their instead, He came, lived a perfect life. He never sinned; He died. And God so loved this world, He gave His only begotten Son, and whoever believeth in Him should not perish. Those who died have not perished. They're going to be brought back in a resurrection. It's appointed to them once to die, but after this, the judgment. As in Adam, they died; in Christ, they will all be made alive.

   Oh, I tell you, you can't understand the wisdom, the mercy of God, and His ways, past finding out. Now just, I see that I'm out of time, and I want to tell you, I'd like to send you this book, 'Life After Death', is there Life After Death? And what is it?' People know almost nothing about it. What does God say? What does the Bible reveal? Either you accept that or admit you're ignorant. There's no other way. Don't laugh it off; it's the only, the only knowledge you can possibly have.

   Another thing, 'Why Were You Born?' Another booklet, I'd like to send it to you. 'Why Were You Born?' For what purpose? Where are you going?' What is the way? You do need this booklet because people just don't understand. And then I'll send you a year's subscription to this world's most wonderful magazine. Now, over 5 million, 200,000 copies going out every month. 'The Plain Truth.' You have a year's subscription, no charge, no charge whatsoever.

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Telecast Date: November 2, 1982
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