"First, a question: What is God's purpose and
how does that relate to our lives?
An argument can be made that the familiar lines from Genesis 3:17-19 answer this.
'...cursed is the ground for thy sake in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee and thou shalt eat of the herb of the field In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread til thou return unto the ground for dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.'
I apologise if my memory has failed me on the precise wording, but the context is clear (humanity is cast out of the Garden to suffer for eating of the Tree of Knowledge.) --buck
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