Westminster Shorter Catechism In Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life

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Genesis, Chapter 2, gives a detailed account of the creation of man and woman. Although the first relationship in scripture was God and Adam, Adam had a desire for relationship with his own kind, “but for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him (Gen. 2:20b).” God created Eve as a helper. One commentary explains the relationship between Adam and Eve this way: God decided to make a helper suitable (lit. “a helper corresponding to him,” or “a corresponding helper”) for the man (v. 18). The essence of the word corresponding is that Adam and Eve were created to match or agree almost exactly. This relational harmony between God, Adam, and Eve was not random but purposeful. To fully understand the thrust of the paper, one must understand …show more content…
He equates bringing pleasure to God with worship. There is a level of truth to bringing pleasure to God through worship, but the book misses the point about how worship affects our own lives. While this book has many benefits for the Christian life, it seems to miss the main purpose for existence. When trying to assess the purpose of anything, there is one question that needs to be answered: What was it created for? The Westminster Shorter Catechism addresses this question of created purpose. The question in the catechism is “What is the chief end of man?” The short answer is “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.” For the church of England, this is the launching place for teaching the Christian faith. This theology, like any other theology, ultimately leads to some form of …show more content…
Dominion theology can be highly divisive. Michael J McVicar, a lecturer from Ohio State University, wrote about the rise of the dominion theology in the US media. He asserted, “In the last decade, media coverage of ‘dominionism’ and ‘dominion theology’ and their supposed influence on conservative politicians has become increasingly visible in the US news press. Popular exposés using “dominionism” to frame the religio-political convictions of everyone from President George W. Bush to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have proliferated even as journalists, pundits, and preachers have struggled to define the concept of dominion.” This article shows the struggle people have in understanding and applying dominion in a healthy, constructive Christian way. A good portion of the evangelical world believes it is the Christian’s right and responsibility to assert Christian dominion upon the world now. Throughout history, Christians have taken this belief system and asserted their template of a godly kingdom or society. Like many other attempts at utopian societies, these have

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