The Meaning/Purpose of Life

The purpose of life… That’s something people have always asked, I think the question is similar to what is the meaning of life. Religions try to give the answer, but their answers are more like the child who has just been asked if he thinks standing on the moving car is the wisest idea. Philosophy tries to answer sometimes, and either says it doesn’t know, or jumbles words up until meaning is lost and nihilism is embraced. Some suggest things like the ‘law of attraction’ (in reality the theory of covetousness), but it falls short of explaining suffering in the world. This is an important question, if you don’t understand the meaning of life, how can you then live your life, like football, if you don’t know why you playing, you cant play!

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” and it answers by saying, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” I think that’s beautiful. The problem with other theories of the universe is that they fail to comprehend all that is in the universe, either they deny parts of it (suffering) or deny all of it (parts of Hinduism)-kids used to do that at school, it was easy to plead ignorance over homework not done; some theories try to explain things, but do so apart from a logically consistent thought and ramble off into imaginations- like Paul says in Romans 1, although the knowledge of God is plain to man, man suppresses it, and exchanges God’s truth for a lie, professing to be wise they become fools and exchange the glory of the eternal God for images made to look like other things. Often people display this suppression of the truth in a very strange way, they seek for the answers within themselves. They use the very faculties God has given them to enjoy Him, to find ways to deny Him- the greatest irony.

for-the-glory-of-god-gives-it-lightIt is so foolish to look within for answers, what great discovery has ever been made by looking within? None, everything we understand about the universe has been revealed from outside. No one will go to a doctor who trusts purely in his own intuition. Man has been made in the image of God, this imprint on us is made to lead us to God, and our purpose. The most marvelous thing is that When a Christian is glorifying God in life willingly, the greatest joy possible on this earth is achieved. This is why self centeredness, self-preoccupation and journeying into oneself will never lead to true and lasting joy, but perhaps into a calm sea of mire, going nowhere.

Christians what a joy is yours to know your purpose, never surrender it for the lies of the world, And oh those of you who don’t know Christ, why would you live in misery and end in eternal misery? Christ came that you may have life and life abundantly, don’t think you have tried Christ before, when all you have tried is a church that bears His name- those who draw near to Him in sincerity will never be cast out or disappointed.

  2 comments for “The Meaning/Purpose of Life

  1. Liza Venter
    November 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    It is sad to realize that many people do not know their purpose in life. They will rather follow the “scientific view”, rather than the truth.

    How much more beautiful life appears when God is in it and in you.

    Jeremiah 29:11 (English Standard Version)
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    • tyrellh
      April 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      Amen Liza

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