Thursday, 13 February 2014

To Find Meaning and Purpose

I used to believe that I was a product of mere chance. Anyone could have taken my place at birth, but I happened to be the autonomous one conceived by my parents. This is the view I had on life. One based in a universe that happened by time plus chance. Christianity rejects this. It insists that each individual person exists as a being created in the image of God, and that therefore each person is an ongoing entity with dignity. With Christianity there is purpose and meaning in life. Without God there is no purpose or stature on which an individual can find meaning.

Fredrich Nietzsche, German philosopher who said ‘God is Dead’, said “But all pleasure seeks eternity – a deep and profound eternity.”

Francis A. Schaeffer replied to this by saying, “With no personal God, all is dead. Yet man, being truly man (no matter what he says he is), cries out for a meaning that can only be found in the existence of the infinite-personal God.”

Aldous Huxley’s “drug soma” suggests that we should give healthy people drugs and they can then find truth inside their own heads; for that final experience that would give one meaning to life, in the next trip trying to find truth in one’s own head but left in despair with no way to be sure, trying to find meaning without reason through a blind leap of faith in non-reason.

American journalist Lee Strobel said, “You don’t have to commit intellectual suicide to come to the conclusion that there is an intelligent designer because today science is pointing more directly and more powerfully toward a Creator than any other time in the history of the world.”