Romans 8:28-29a CEV wrote:We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose, and he has always known who his chosen ones would be.
I can think of nothing more intellectually devastating than the elimination of purpose from our worldview. Lovecraftian horror is enjoying a popularity surge, a phenomenon I find curious. Although Lovecraft describes a purely naturalistic world in which our existence is driven by happenstance, his Elder Gods focus their malevolent attention on the human race out of hatred or hunger. It says something about the human mind that we prefer to exist for the purpose of being hated or consumed than to have no purpose at all. Or to use the phrasing of the period, sooner would we ascribe the workings of the world to dark desires and implacable cosmic entities than to embrace a life wholly based on chance. How reassuring to know that the divine force giving purpose to my life is benevolent and loving!