1. THE PURPOSE OF MAN'S EXISTENCE
Have you ever asked yourself why you are living in this world and what the purpose of human life is? No matter what type of person you are or what your profession is, there are a few things which you, like most people, would agree with, that is:
Money cannot satisfy man,
Neither can education satisfy man,
Nor can pleasure satisfy man,
Nor can success satisfy man.
Because you have not yet realized:
2. GOD'S PLAN
God has a plan. This plan has everything to do with man. In the Bible, this plan is called God's economy (Note 2).
God's economy is just God's entire plan for man. It explains the origin and destiny of man as well as the meaning of human existence.
HOW CAN YOU KNOW GOD'S ECONOMY?
3. THE FOUR KEYS
God has prepared four keys for you to unlock God's economy. These four keys are recorded in the Bible. Each of these four keys is equally important and indispensable.
Please open your heart right now to quietly and carefully read through this booklet; you will then grasp these four keys, understand God's economy, realize the purpose of man, and begin a satisfied human life.
THE FIRST KEY GOD'S CREATION UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN EXISTENCE
1. MAN HAS GOD'S IMAGE
Please read the following verse:
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...." - Genesis 1:26a
God's creation of man is different from His creation of all other things. He created man in His own image.
A glove is created according to the likeness of a hand with the purpose of containing the hand.
Likewise, man was created in the image of God with the purpose of containing God.
2. MAN IS A VESSEL
Now read the next verse:
God "should make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy...even us." - Romans 9:23-24
We are vessels of God.
God wants to be our content.
As bottles are made to contain water, we are made to contain God.
It is no wonder that knowledge, wealth, pleasure, and accomplishment can never satisfy you, for you were created to contain God!
3. THE PARTS OF MAN
Please continue by reading the next verse:
"May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete." - 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Man is God's vessel. The Bible divides this vessel into three partsthe spirit, the soul, and the body. See diagram below:
The BODY is simply the physical body, belonging to the physiological level, contacting the things of the material realm, and is the most superficial part.
The SOUL is the mental faculty, belonging to the psychological level, contacting the things of the mental realm, and is a deeper part.
The SPIRIT is the deepest part of man, belonging to the spiritual level, and contacts the things of God.
For problems of the body one may see a doctor.
For problems of the mind one may visit a psychiatrist.
Yet only God can solve the problems of the spirit.
4. GOD'S ECONOMY
God wants to enter into man's spirit, to become his content and his satisfaction.
This is the purpose of human existence! You are not merely created to contain food in your stomach, or to contain knowledge in your mind, but you are created to contain God in your spirit.
THE SECOND KEY MAN'S FALL UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE GOOD AND EVIL NATURES OF MAN
1. THE TWO NATURES OF MAN
Since man was made in the image of God, he possesses a good nature that matches God's nature, with virtues such as truthfulness, goodness, loveliness, wisdom, kindness, and valor.
However, there is also an evil nature in man which wars against his good nature. The Chinese metaphysicists refer to this war as a battle between reason and lust. Throughout history, both in the East and West, those who understand human nature acknowledge the existence of this evil nature which the Bible calls:
Because sin is in man, he is unable to carry out his good intentions.
No one likes to be greedy, jealous, or murderous.
No one likes to be boastful, arrogant, or deceitful.
No one likes to be irritable, licentious, or lustful.
No one likes to murmur, complain, or curse.
Nevertheless, man cannot escape his evil nature.
Please read the following verses:
"For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but to do the good is not." - Romans 7:18