Monthly Archives: September 2011

On self-fulfillment

“The Bible… tells us the story of a relational God who hasmade us men and women in his image for the purpose of relating.  Cover to cover, Genesis to Revelation, theBible is primarily about one thing: relationship. It is about the creation ofrelationship, the destruction of relationship, and the redemption ofrelationship. When taken as a whole, these concepts are antithetical to theiWorld. Whereas the iWorld focuses on self-fulfilment, the Bible teaches thatself-fulfilment is an oxymoron, an impossibility, because it is a denial of ournature. We were created to relate to God and one another, and our personal fulfilmentand happiness depend on the health of those fundamental relationships. Indeed,it is only in these twin relationships that we can understand ourselves. Christianityis not about deciding who we want to be and what makes us happy; it is aboutlearning who we are and how to find not just happiness but fulfilment, inrelating to God, and one another.”

Dale Kuehne, Sex andthe iWorld: Rethinking Relationships Beyond an Age of Individualism (GrandRapids: Baker, 2009), 112.

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What is man?

When I consider your heavens
the works of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:3-4

Out of this whole array, from stars to sea-creatures, only man can look at this scene with the insight to ask such a question, even in doubt; therefore it already points to its answer. Further, man has been taught to say thy and thou in such a setting: not only to acknowledge a Creator but to converse with Him.

Derek Kidner, Psalms 1-72 (Leicester: IVP, 1973), 67.

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