God (Jesus) calls us to "be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect."
Can we do this? No. For fallen, "dead in trespasses and sins" people cannot, by themselves be perfect. So, God calls us to do something we cannot do. . . .
God calls us--COMMANDS us--to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." Also to "love your neighbor as yourself."
Can we do this? No, no one does for, "All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one."
But surely there must be SOME, a few . . . who manage to answer the call and obey the commands of God; those who become believers, Christians right?
No. God says, "There is no one righteous, NOT EVEN ONE. There is NO ONE who understands; there is NO ONE who seeks God. ALL have turned away; ALL alike have become useless. There is no one who does what is good, NOT EVEN ONE."
So why is it that God calls and commands us to do things, be something that we cannot do--not even ONE of us can be or do?
What is that purpose of it all? What is the main, ultimate point of this creation and our role in it? Is it to prove how much we are able to respond to and love and serve God? Is the purpose to show that there are some--even if just a few--that are willing to answer God's call? That some actually DO seek God?
No, that can't be or God is a liar. He says NONE do good . . . ALL have turned away . . . NO ONE seeks God! . . .
What about God's universal call to repentance? Well, it is NOT a universal call to repentance, but rather, a call made to a select group, right? Jesus (God) says, "I have NOT come to call the righteous but SINNERS to repentance."
However, God also tells us that "ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Which means again that God calls us (sinners) to do something we are unable to do. Why? What is the purpose in this?
Now, it's worth noting that one of the primary distinguishing characteristics of cultists, pagans, mystery schools and virtually all other religions besides Biblical Christianity argue that man IS capable of responding to God and of eventual self perfection. . . . But we are interested in the truth of the matter. What does God Himself say about it? And what is the point? What is the purpose of it all, including why would God demand things of us that we cannot do?
Note again, the cults teach that we CAN successfully respond to God's demands and that this life has various purposes:
The Jehovah's Witness cult says, "Jehovah wants the earth to be filled with happy, healthy people.
The LDS cult says, "--to gain physical bodies; exercise 'free agency'; learn, gain experience to be more like Heavenly Father; form family relationships that may become eternal."
Heretic false teacher Joyce Meyer says, " God wants you to enjoy your life every day."
According to Buddhism it is "to end suffering".
To the Catholic heretic it is, "To know, love, and serve God in this life, so that we can be happy with Him in Heaven."
Islamic teaching says the purpose of life is, "to obey God."
False teacher Rick Warren says each person needs to choose for themselves the purpose of life.
"Many Pagans would maintain that humans are, both individually and
collectively, free to chart their own course, to determine their own
"Spiritual Satanism" says "There is no god but myself . . . [the purpose of life being] to advance ourselves so that we evolve to a higher level [advocating] individuality, liberty and independence."
Hinduism, in general says the purpose is "fulfilling one's purpose, prosperity, enlightenment"
And so on. . . .
The Bible, however, which is THE Word of God Himself . . . teaches that the purpose, the meaning, the reason for life is FOR HIS GLORY. Not for "being happy", "exercising free agency", "evolving to higher levels", "liberation from reincarnation" etc.
So why would God call and command us to do things that He knows we cannot do of our own "free will"? Because it glorifies God when HE, out of love, by His mercy and grace saves us from our incapacitated condition! From that which we CAN NOT and WILL NOT do, BUT FOR His complete and successful intervention.
GOD gets all the glory! None can boast, for we are dead in sin and NO ONE does good and NO ONE seeks God. GOD HIMSELF ALONE is the savior, utterly and wholly. He is glorified (which is the purpose of life, of creation) when HE steps in and grants the GIFT OF REPENTANCE so that we might be saved to glorify and enjoy Him forever.
"God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins." --Acts 5:31
"When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God,
saying, 'So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads
to life.'" --Acts 11:18
"Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth," --2 Tim. 2:25