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The LDS Plan of Salvation can be found on the official LDS website here. In summary, the following are the main points: We all once lived as spirit children of God in our premortal life. While we were in our Premortal life, our Heavenly Father presented us with his plan of happiness, as described in Abraham 3:22-26 We chose, in our premortal life, to come ...


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Let me answer a few of your side-concerns before I get to your main question. Reformed theology stresses that God created the universe for one purpose: to glorify him fully I'm not certain how you're using the phrase "glorify him fully", but it could be interpreted to mean that God felt that he wasn't being glorified enough prior to creation, and ...


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I believe that the "chief end of man", or "why man was created" can be summed up in what Jesus said when a lawyer asked him a question. Matthew 20:36ff "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" And He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and ...


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It's hard to follow after David's very good, exhaustive answer, but here is a different approach, which emphasizes more the procedural flow of it as a literal "plan" (David's first few bullet points). My answer is a summary, or in some cases, a re-statement, of what is found in the LDS missionary manual, Preach My Gospel (Chapter 3, Lesson 2). All ...


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Here are just a handful of New Testament verses relating to life purpose (based on Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life): Revelation 4:11 (NLT): “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Hebrews 2:10A (NCV): God is the One who made all ...


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God's purposes are eternal, therefore I believe the following is most relevant: Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. - John 17:3 NIV This by no means excludes the other answers but is complementary to them, however seeking and repenting are very much time-bound activities, their ...


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All reformed theology adheres to is that the purpose for anything created is to 'glorify God' but that is obviously true under any theology that uses reason within its framework. God must have a reason for making something (beyond his single own existence) and the reason must be within himself (according to his own independent existence) before anything was ...


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Actually, the answer to that question is longer than one should post on a question and answer site, but I would recommend the book "Desiring God" by John Piper. He explains it excellently , but in summary he says this: God is the greatest thing that exists, ever has existed or ever will exist. Therefore, for us to glory anything else, would be sin, as ...


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Colossians 1:16 states: "For by him [Jesus] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him." Genesis shows what Man is supposed to do/ the goal we've been given, but I'd argue that that doesn't ...


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I have found the Ignatian way of spiritual discernment to be helpful. It may not be immediately helpful as, like anything else of value, it takes time to learn. Basically, this practice involves meditation on Christ's life as a means to center and ground your own life in Christ. It also involves becoming more aware of your own affections and dispositions so ...


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There are two principal kinds of church that have 'complementarian' doctrines. In the first case there are churches with ordained clergy that reserve the office of Priest for men. Chief among these is the Roman Catholic church, but there are others. The priestly role includes celebrating the Eucharist (Mass), and church leadership. Not all churches with ...


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When a scribe asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus' answer quoted a law that expressed our whole purpose in life: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these ...


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In Acts 17:26-28, Paul is in Athens preaching the gospel. The Apostle says that God created humans from one blood and they are placed around the world so that they may seek the Lord and come to repentance. This appears to be one of the closest examples of the meaning of life from the New Testament. I can't say this is explicit, but it gets pretty close.


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I would only speculate from scripture a few simple answers. It is apparent that in Christianity it is important that we identify God as our "Father" through Christ, in fact it is God's will that we know him as our Father through Christ so it is apparent that God wanted children. God is love and he loves his servants the angels but what greater vessel for him ...


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Ephesians 1:11-12 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. The reason we exist is "for the praise of his glory". All praise be to the ...


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I am quite a fan of Bible.org and have read many of their articles. J. Hampton Keathley III has an excellent article titled “What God is Doing” with a section that, I believe, provides a really good answer. I have included the section title and content below (though the entire article would be a good read!). The Purpose of God’s Sovereign Plan The ultimate ...


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