Friday, 4 March 2016

The Meaning of Life, Put Simply

The best way for you to truly understand the meaning of life is for you approach it, step by step, until you’ve reached the answer, should you dare to approach it.  I will eventually explain the meaning of life, but first, I’m going to give you the tools needed to figure it out for yourself.  You ready? 

Do you think that it is scientifically possible to discover the meaning of life?  Human life, with all its complexities… a proven meaning to life seems a bit hard to believe, doesn’t it?  Okay, let’s start with something easier. 

I’m a grocery man, so I’ll use a grocery example.  Imagine you came across a jar of raspberry jam, but it had no label on it and you had no idea what it was.  Imagine you didn’t even know what jam (or raspberries) was.  How would you go about figuring out what it was meant to be used for? 

You could open up the jar, pull out some of the gooey substance, and put it in your mouth to taste it.  There’s a couple things wrong with that:
If you don’t know what something is, don’t put it in your mouth, silly.
Even if it ends up tasting good (and it will, it’s raspberry jam, after all) and doesn’t end up killing you, how could you be sure that it really is meant to be eaten?

What would be the best way to figure out what the mystery goop was?  Well, it had to come from somewhere, right?  So the best thing to do would be to find out where it came from.

The meaning of the raspberry jam can be traced to the manufacturers of the stuff.  They could tell you both how it was made, and why it was made; the makers of raspberry jam could tell you it’s purpose.

That concept can be applied to anything:  the meaning of something can be traced to its origin.  Humanity is no exception.

There are two popular system of beliefs about the origin of humanity:
A completely secular evolution where the Big Bang started things off and we eventually by chance came to be.
We came about via the will of some sort of deity, by means including but not exclusive to a spontaneous Creation, or an evolution.

So, for you to figure out what the meaning to life is, all you need to do is to figure out where we came from. 

If there were no God or gods (or aliens, don’t forget aliens!) involved, and we simply evolved, then people would be right to be confused about the meaning of life.  Evolution is survival of the fittest – but the very definition of “fittest” has changed in the course human evolution as it is commonly accepted.  So the meaning of life would constantly be changing.  It wouldn’t be unreasonable to then assume that the meaning of life would be whatever you want it to be, since in this case there’s no definite, unchanging answer.

If there were some sort of higher power involved in our origin, the best thing to do to figure out the meaning of life would be to inquire of the higher power.  If you are convinced that there was an intelligent being involved in the formation of humankind, then it would be your responsibility to figure out who this being was, and what was their intention with us.  The answer to this inquiry would give us our answer to the meaning of life.

That’s it, you have the tools needed to figure out the meaning of life for yourself!

“Okay Stephen, so what do you think the meaning of life is?”  I’m so very glad that you asked!

My own investigation of the evidence (click here to gain a good idea of what this investigation consists of) has led me to believe that since the supernatural is real, a higher being (or, at least, a metaphysical being not limited by the same dimensions as we are) must be real.  The highest of these beings would be the logical one to go to for the answer to the meaning of life.  In ancient days, the God of Israel proved to be superior to all other deities through His miracles.  Today, through science and reasoning (in addition to what many would say are miracles) that same God has proven Himself to be real, and the very one who is responsible for our origin.  The Bible is our best resource to finding out what He says the meaning of life is.

According to the Bible, the meaning of life is to worship God.

That’s it, worship God, and you’re fulfilling the meaning of life.  This means that anyone’s life can have meaning, regardless of who they are or what they have done.  The first act of worship must be giving your life over to Jesus – one can’t simultaneously worship God and be disobedient to Him (Romans 8:8).  True worship isn’t what you say with your mouth, but what you believe in your heart and practice in your life.

Meaning of life, even more simply...

Our origin…  

Genesis 1:27 - So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

How we complete our purpose…

Romans 12:1 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Figuring out more on the specifics…

Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your paths.