Defining Divine Purpose

I am wondering about the concept of “Divine Purpose” for one’s life.  What does that mean?  And how do I really know if my purpose in life is “Divine”?    I mean, on one level, “Divine purpose” is unknowable if you approach it from the standpoint of,  “Why does God want us here in the first place?”  “Why does God want us in relationship with others?” ” With Him?”  “Why are we placed on this particular planet, in this particular solar system?”  “Why, why, why, why, why”????

“Divine purpose”  does not make sense to me from this approach.  “Am I hear to serve God?”   “To keep God company?”  “To amuse God?”   “Does God need companionship?”  “Did God get bored one day and say, ‘I think I will make man kind’? “Does God need drama”?   Seriously,  I mean really…. what in the world is this all about?  God could make anything God wanted to make happen.  He doesn’t need me to make that happen for Him, and yet this is how we have come to understand our relationship with God.  He works through us, He works in spite of us, and He works because of us. We are not in control.

I am wondering if  it is not as simple or as complex as “God is  ALL POTENTIAL”.  This would certainly address the notions of good and evil!  Note, however,  that I am not suggesting that   God would use God’s potential to harm; only that God has the potential to harm.  These thought suggest to me that, “If God is all things potential, then it stands to reason that “Divine purpose” entails the potential of man kind.’  More specifically, “Divine purpose” means that if I do not develop the “positive” potentials that have been building in me over my life time, then it’s quite possible that  I am not living my divine purpose to its fullest.

“One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.”

Joseph Campbell


One thought on “Defining Divine Purpose

  1. If we believe that God created all that is and that God IS, then everything we do which “grows” us emotionally, psychically or spiritually, is part of what you call “divine purpose”. As much as we might like to keep some parts of our lives outside the domain of God, if we are believers, we cannot compartmentalize our lives in that way, because God IS and as such IS everywhere. There is nowhere where God IS not.

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