One of the most fundamental matters addressed by theology, as well as by secular philosophy, is the purpose for which man was brought into existence. Failure to correctly ascertain the purpose of man leads to grotesque error in perception of many other vital truths, including the purpose and the message of the Scripture.
But the philosopher generally views with contempt the declaration of the Scripture, preferring the befuddlement of his own speculation. Nor is the typical Protestant theologian, evangelist, pastor, or Bible teacher closer to the truth, for the Protestant also generally rejects the revelation of the Scripture, in order to hold to his Tradition.
According to the Scripture. Concerning the Plan of God, the Scripture plainly declares certain facts, and implies others. In short:
In summary, the Realm planned by the Lord is an earthly realm in which endless generations of mortal men live to great age, having full advantage of the manifold blessings of the Earth, and enjoying the fruit of their labours, free from fear of crime, injustice, and oppression.
According to the Protestant. Protestant Theology has little to say regarding the Kingdom or life subsequent to the Resurrection. The Protestant Faith revolves around the concept of “Personal Salvation,” which is to say, escape from the supposed fate of everlasting torture in Hell. Upon death, the Saved supposedly is wafted immediately to “Heaven,” there to enjoy an unending life of bliss.
The Protestant expectation of everlasting torture of the Unsaved is based upon the myth of the Talmudic Jew. This body of myth, much of which is incorporated in the Protestant Faith, begins with rebellion in the Angelic Realm, led by an archangel known as “Lucifer,” “Satan,” or “the Devil.” But the Scripture does not support the idea of angelic rebellion; the notion finds its origin in the Babylonian Captivity, which is the cauldron from which Talmudic Judaism emerged. The rebellion supposedly eventuated in warfare in Heaven between “elect” and “fallen” angels. And somehow the rebels managed to form a powerful kingdom, the “Kingdom of Hell,” which wages warfare against the Lord God and the People of God.
Having advanced the postulate of angelic rebellion, most Protestant teachers are not able to go farther, and grow silent, leaving loose ends hanging. Others, however, in an attempt to bridge the logical chasm between fallen angels and mankind, assert that man was created “to resolve the angelic conflict.” Of course, this conjecture is a declaration that the creation of man was mere happenstance, an unintended consequence of the conduct of other, more important affairs. The implication is that, unexpectedly faced with revolt on the part of angels, the Lord God was forced to abandon his original plans and develop an alternative scheme. But the speculation, that man is but an afterthought of God, is the height of folly. The Scripture clearly reveals the purpose of the Lord in his creation of man. Moreover, the Scripture demolishes the hypothesis of rebellion in the Angelic Realm, expressly declaring that all of the angels are sent forth to minister to the heirs of Salvation, those heirs being men.
Yet, it is within the framework of this bizarre pipedream of the Jew that the Protestant seeks to understand why God created man; little does he consider that the axioms which govern his search have their origin with the enemies of the Lord.
To the Protestant, Personal Salvation is the Plan of God. Viewed objectively, the Protestant conception of the Plan of God, to save men from everlasting torture in Hell, makes no sense. Consider:
The Purpose of Salvation: Populating the Kingdom of God. The Lord knows the creature he has designed; he knows that fleshly men are incapable of rightly governing other men. That fact was demonstrated by Adam when he partook of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; the desire of Adam was to take into his own hands the reins of governance.
Ironically, the government which the Lord God is implementing in one in which all of the offices are staffed with humans. It is for this reason that the Lord has designed the Way of Life. Through persistence in the Way of Life, the mortal creature of the flesh is transformed in his thinking so that he no longer is a slave to the fleshly instincts which lead to sin. This “renewing of the mind” is termed Sanctification. Then, by means of the yet-future Resurrection Out From the Dead, man is transformed into an immortal being of the Spirit Realm, given birth into the family of God, and for ever set free from the hold of fleshly instincts.
The Lord does not indiscriminately offer to men resurrection to Life Everlasting, much less Sonship. The term “Plan of Salvation” is a misnomer; the purpose of the process is to train and qualify individuals for a position of service in the Kingdom of God. Qualification entails entry into the Way and perseverance in the Way to the end. Only those who qualify shall be resurrected.
Disobedience Results in Blindness. In general, the error which characterizes Protestantism is a consequence of the fact that few Protestants have benefit of the Scriptural insight which can be provided only by the indwelling Spirit of God. Protestants generally lack the indwelling Spirit simply because few are walking in the Way of Life. Few are walking in the Way because few have entered the Way. Few have entered the Way because of obstinate refusal to obey a simple and well-known command.
The Protestant Pulpit misconstrues the declaration that Salvation is not of works, and teaches that baptism is a work. Here the Protestant conflates the concepts of Salvation and Justification, and compounds the error by failing to note that the works which the Scripture declares cannot justify are works of the Law. Thus in the eye of the Protestant Pulpit, obedience to the command of Christ Jesus, to be baptized for the remission of sin, is a grave heresy. Luke 11:52.
The Scripture states that the things recorded in the Scripture prior to the Advent of Jesus were recorded for the example, learning, and admonition of the Justified living in the present age. Perhaps no better example could be cited than the account of Naaman the Leper, who sought healing from leprosy. The Prophet of the Lord instructed Naaman to wash seven times in the river Jordan. Naaman, a great Syrian general, found the command nonsensical and even insulting. But after listening to the counsel of his servants, Naaman complied with the directive and immediately was healed. Even as Naaman could not be healed apart from obedience to a simple command which seemed to him illogical, so also the Protestant cannot enter the Way of Life apart from obedience to the command of the Lord Christ Jesus, delivered on the Day of Pentecost through his Apostle Peter; that command is “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”