Goal, standard, and motive

Have we a goal to set before our youth? What is the aim and purpose of human life? Do we have a standard by which to direct our pupils to this goal? And what should be the motivating principle as they seek to achieve that goal?

Man has always asked himself such questions. Christians too are familiar with them. Man’s chief end, says the Christian, is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. The revealed will of God expressed in the Scriptures is the proper norm for man’s life. And faith in the God of Scripture should be man’s motivating power.

… Modern man has his own substitute for historic Christianity. He, not God, determines the goal of life. He must be his own standard of right and wrong. He must provide his own power of motivation.

– Cornelius Van Til, The Dilemma of Education p.vii-viii

The Heidelberg Catechism
91. Q. What do we do that is good?
A. Only that which arises out of true faith, conforms to God’s law, and is done for His glory; and not that which is based on what we think is right or on established human tradition.



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