The purpose of life is selfish hedonism?

According to Christians, yes.

From the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

The Catechism offers a few prooftexts to support this hedonistic idolatry, but we all know you can prooftext anything from the Bible (e.g. slavery, anti-slavery, infanticide, self-giving love …), and most fools do.

I don’t think Jesus says anything of the sort however. Along with the command to love God, Jesus gave the command like it, to love neighbour. The Catechists for some reason thought this was not relevant.


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