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Study the lesson below, complete the enrollment form, answer the questions below, and submit. You will be assigned an instructor who will grade your lesson and return it to your email address.
Long ago, King David asked God: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him“ (Psalms 8:4)? People have many things in common with animals. They breathe the same air. They eat similar food. They have many of the same needs. But people are different from animals.
Because people are different from animals, we want to know why we are here. What is our purpose on this earth? Since we know that we only live a few short years, how should we use our time? Should we live only to satisfy the needs of our bodies? Should we spend our time looking for the pleasures of this world?
Because we are different from animals, we want to know where we are going when we die. Life on earth is very short. Job said: “Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not” (Job 14:1-2) Are we the same as animals when we die? Do we just breathe our last breath and then there is nothing?
How can we find the answer to these questions? The only One who can give us the answers is God, Who created us.
The answers are found in His Book, the Bible. In the Bible, God has told us who we are, why we are here on earth, and where we will go when we die.
WHAT IS MAN?
What is man? What makes people different from animals? The Apostle Paul answered this question when he wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica: “And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Animals have physical bodies only. But every person has a spirit within his body. Our bodies will die, decay, and return to the dust from which the first man, Adam, was made (Genesis 3:19; Genesis 35:18; James 2:26). But the spiritual part of man will continue to live.
The Bible says: “And the dust (our bodies) returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit (the thinking, conscious, eternal soul which lives within the body) returneth unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
WHY ARE WE HERE?
Life on earth is very short. Death will soon come to each one of us. Therefore, we are not wise if we live only to satisfy the needs of our bodies. We are also very foolish if we live only for the pleasures of this world. The Apostle John warned: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, asked: “For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? or what shall a man give in exchange for his life” (Matthew 16:26)? Our purpose on this earth is to bring glory to God by doing what He has told us to do in the Bible. A wise man wrote: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man“ (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Where will our spirits go when we die? What happens when we leave this earth? After we die, we will go to be judged by God. “it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Each person will be judged for his own life (Romans 14:12). Each will be judged according to the way he has lived on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10).
After the Judgement, there are only two possible places to go. One place is for those who have lived for God and served His son, Jesus Christ. It is a place of peace, happiness, and rest. It is called Heaven (John 14:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:6; Philippians 3:20; Revelation 21:3-5). The other place is for those who refuse to obey God, reject Jesus Christ, or spend their lives in the pleasures of this world. It is called “Hell,” “the second death,” and the “lake of fire”(Matthew 10:28; Matt 25:41,Matt 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
I MUST CHOOSE
God loves us and wants us to be saved. He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die as a sacrifice for our sins so that we can be saved (John 3:16). But God does not force us to be saved. He wants us to choose for ourselves. Jesus invites us to come to Him: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11: 28 – 29). In order to come to Jesus, we must believe that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God (John 8:24); we must repent of all our past sins (Luke 13:3); we must confess our faith in Christ before men (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 8:37); and we must be buried in water (baptism) and raised up out of the water to live as a new person (Romans 6:3-5; Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
In these Bible correspondence courses, you will learn more about who you are, where you came from, why you are here, and where you are going. Please fill in the student information below, and answer the questions to this lesson. When we receive your information we will assign you a teacher. Once you have your teacher, you will be ready to start the first correspondence course, called “Beginning Bible Studies.” Thank you for your interest in God’s Book. May He bless you in the study of His Word.
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