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"THE MEANING OF LIFE"

By Roger Duncan


Throughout the Ages, men (male & female) have asked the question "What is the Meaning of Life?". I of course am no different. Iím sure that you have come up with your own theory, but let me share with you my interpretation of the information that I believe to be true.

For life to have meaning, there must be a creator, and that creator must have a plan and a purpose, so letís consider the main philosophies that permeate modern thinking on this subject.

Atheists believe that there is no creator. Therefore there is no plan or meaning to life. So we can easily dismiss anything that they have to say on this subject, because according to them, they are basically pond scum with lips.

Agnostics proclaim that they donít know anything. Need I say more?

Yogi Philosophies (Hindu, Buddhist, ect.) claim a sort of spiritual "Big Bang", where God (or the Godhead) exploded into all these little parts that became us, and that as we spiritually evolve, through many incarnations, we work our way back together, to become once again the Great Nothingness of Nirvana.

Then there are the major religions of the world: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. All three of these state that there is a God, a Creator, and that He is the God of Abraham. Judaism and Islam seem to focus on the afterlife. That what happens to you when you die, depends on what you did to please God while you were alive. What you should do to please God while you are alive, seems to vary, depending on whom you ask. Although Christianís may seem to hold the same belief, Christís teachings tell a very different story.

Since I am a Christian (yea, like you didnít know?), I will continue my contemplation from that perspective.

Most Christianís will tell you that the goal of life is to secure a spot in Heaven, and avoid a spot in Hell. Well, that may address "A Goal of Life", but it does not explain "The Meaning (or Purpose) of Life". What I find amazing is that most Christians know what the meaning of life is, but they donít know that they know.

How many times have we Christians referred to ourselves as "The Children of God"? We do it all the time, but the reality of it seems to pass right by us. Without choking you with too many Scriptures, let me just say that Jesus was the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29). Jesus was not only God in the flesh, but he is also our Big Brother. Ok, here are a few scriptures to choke on, but I just have to include them:

(John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

(Romans 8:14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

(Romans 8:19) For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

(Phil 2:15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

(1 John 3:1) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

(1 John 3:2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Jesus was the first to rise from the dead. He said that He will return, and that when He does, the rest of us will follow suit.

(Matthew 24:30 & 31) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

(1 Thes 4:13-17) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

So, what does all that mean? I believe it is quite simple. The Meaning of life, is this; "God wants children". I know this may sound like heretic doctrine at first glance, but think about it. If a man wants children, he must find a female that is willing, and impregnate her egg with his seed. The Children of God, are those that God has impregnated with His seed (remember the parable of the sower, matthew chapter 13?).

I believe every human is like an egg that has the potential to become impregnated by God, and become something new, a new creature, a Child of God. Just as a mother has a womb for the child to develop in, so the earth is our womb. Not only have we believers been Born Again when we receive Christ, But on that great day when he returns, and we are raised from the dead, we shall be Born Again again.

So, now that I know that my destiny is to eventually become a fully manifest Son of God (at the resurrection), the new important question becomes, "how should I live my day to day life?".

WHOA, WAIT JUST A DARN MINUTE!! All that stuff that Jesus talked about, you know, loving God with all your heart, mind, and being, loving your neighbor as yourself, turning the other cheek, and all that other stuff, really starts to make sense now. The value in my day to day life is not based on fame, fortune, or world accomplishments, but the purpose of my day is to allow God to develop His nature within me. I am a work in progress. And not only that, but every person that I come across, has the opportunity to do likewise.

Then what is my full destiny and purpose? Just like a child in the womb, that does not know what wonders await it in the outside world, I can only guess at the wonders and the life to come. It is enough for me to know that there is a new existence for me yet to come, that I canít even imagine. As Paul wrote:

(Cor 13:12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 

Copyright ROGER DUNCAN 2003