focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. The Bible says, "It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone's life is in his power" (Job 12:10 TEV). Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell us, we won't discover life's meaning by looking within ourselves. We didn't create ourselves, so there is no way we can tell ourselves what we were created for! If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator—or the owner's manual—could reveal its purpose. Bertrand Russell, the famous English atheist once said, "Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless." He was correct; if there is no God, then our lives really don't matter. We are just random accidents of nature, and neither our births, our lives, or our deaths have any meaning or value. God, on the other hand, tells us that we are not accidents and that our lives have significance—because God had his reasons for creating us. The Bible says, "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible...everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him" (Col. 1:16 MSG).
The Bible says,
It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
(Eph. 1:11 MSG)
This verse gives us three insights into our purpose that we can share with our people: You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about him. His purpose for your life predates your conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don't get to choose your purpose. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity.
To understand your life's purpose, you must begin with your Creator. You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God—and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end. God has not left us in the dark to wonder and guess. He has clearly revealed his five purposes for our lives through the Bible—to worship, fellowship, grow in Christ, serve others, and share Christ with others.
The Absurdity of Life without God 1
William Lane Craig:
If God does not exist, "You are the accidental by-product of nature, a result of matter plus time plus chance. There is no reason for your existence. All you face is death." If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.
Without God the universe is the result of a cosmic accident, a chance explosion. There is no reason for which it exists. As for man, he is a freak of nature— a blind product of matter plus time plus chance. Man is just a lump of slime that evolved rationality. Now if God does not exist, our lives are just like that. They could go on and on and still be utterly without meaning. We could still ask of life, "So what?" So it is not just immortality man needs if life is to be ultimately significant; he needs God and immortality. And if God does not exist, then he has neither. Furthermore, if there is no God, then there can be no objective standards of right and wrong.
According to the Christian world view, God does exist, and man's life does not end at the grave. In the resurrection body man may enjoy eternal life and fellowship with God. Biblical Christianity therefore provides the two conditions necessary for a meaningful, valuable, and purposeful life for man: God and immortality. Because of this, we can live consistently and happily. Thus, biblical Christianity succeeds precisely where atheism breaks down.
What I have done is clearly spell out the alternatives. If God does not exist, then life is futile. If the God of the Bible does exist, then life is meaningful. Only the second of these two alternatives enables us to live happily and consistently. Therefore, it seems to me that even if the evidence for these two options were absolutely equal, a rational person ought to choose biblical Christianity. It seems to me positively irrational to prefer death, futility, and destruction to life, meaningfulness, and happiness. As Pascal said, we have nothing to lose and infinity to gain.
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