[For Q 1-2, see Eric Redmond’s blog]
Q 3-5: The Highest Good
3. What is the sovereign good of man?
The same thing [See Q 1 and 2].
4. Why do you hold that to be the sovereign good?
Because without it our condition is more miserable than that of brute-beasts.
5. Hence, then, we see that nothing worse can happen to a man than to live without God.
It is so.
If the chief end of human life is to know God so that all of life is to the glory of God, then the highest good is for that knowledge and glory to be realized in our lives. Unlike the claims of some today, trying to live life without knowing God and living for his fame is not liberation; it is insanity. Consider the words of the psalmist: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Pss. 14:1; 53:1).
Thus, can there be anything more tragic than to live apart from God? Sadly, this is where we all begin life. The Scriptures speak of our blindness (2 Cor. 4:4), darkness (John 3:18-21) and ignorance (Eph. 4:17-18). We have all of these puzzle pieces, but we have no idea what the picture on the box looks like. Thus, we try to make our own version of how things should be—we live for our careers, or for money, for sex, for marriage and family, or for endless other things. None of these can satisfy, however, for we were created by God for God.
How then can we know God? How can we know that we glorify him? These will be answered later.