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  • For what purpose are we here on earth? - We are here on earth in order to know and to love God, to do good according to his will, and to go someday to heaven. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1-3, 358).

    • To be a human being means to come from God and to go to God. Our origin goes back farther than our parents. We come from God, in whom all the happiness of heaven and earth is at home, and we are expected in his everlasting, infinite blessedness. Meanwhile we live on this earth. Sometimes we feel that our Creator is near; often we feel nothing at all. So that we might find the way home, God sent us his Son, who freed us from sin, delivers us from all evil, and leads us unerringly into true life. He is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6).

  • Why do we believe in only ONE God? - We believe in only one God because, according to the testimony of Sacred Scripture, there is only one God and, according to the laws of logic, there can be only one. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 200-202, 228).

    • If there were two gods, then the one god would be a limit on the other; neither of the two would be infinite, neither one perfect; in these respects neither of the two would be God. Israel’s fundamental experience of God is: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deut 6:4). Again and again the prophets exhort the people to abandon their false gods and to convert to the one God: “For I am God, and there is no other” (Is 45:22).

  • Was it part of God's plan for men to suffer and die? - God does not want men to suffer and die. God’s original idea for man was paradise: life forever and peace between God and man and their environment, between man and woman. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 374-379, 384, 400)

    • Often we sense how life ought to be, how we ought to be, but in fact we do not live in peace with ourselves, act out of fear and uncontrolled emotions, and have lost the original harmony that man had with the world and ultimately with God. In Sacred Scripture the experience of this alienation is expressed in the story of the Fall. Because sin crept in, Adam and Eve had to leave paradise, in which they were in harmony with each other and with God. The toil of work, suffering, mortality, and the temptation to sin are signs of this loss of paradise.

Resources from Faith and Life Series; Youcat

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