MEANING OF LIFE: THE BIG PICTURE
We are most challenged to find meaning when we are confronted with suffering. When we lose someone, we cry out, “Why?”. When we witness natural or man-made catastrophes — earthquakes, devastating tornadoes, mass murder , wars, we ask, “If God is good, how can He allow so much suffering? So much evil?”
Job realizes that the answer for the terrible suffering and evil in the world is not for us to know. God knows. We do not. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.” Job 42:3
In the meantime, we endure loss, pain, suffering as well as joy, discovery and love. So did Jesus.
We really have to have a sense of the Big Picture of how it all fits into the deeper questions of ultimate purpose and meaning of life. We need wisdom to know what it is all about.
We need to find a purpose for our lives, a reason for getting up in the morning. Just as we must find meaning in each of life’s events, so we must find the purpose to live.
We have been given an intellect and a free will. We are made to know the truth and to seek the known good of things. Then we are able to spur ourselves into action to achieve that good. God is the good to which we are striving and the happiness for which our Creator has made us.
For some of us, our will wants what it wants and the intellect has one function and that is to carry out the will’s commands. In the end this form of human happiness is at best a fleeting grab at passing pleasure.
This is called Relativism and it espouses that there is really no truth – only my truth or your truth. The same holds for goodness – only what each determines to be good for him-or-herself. Everyone must decide what is good and evil for them. This is a vague attempt to be tolerant and nice. It is also an attempt to shut anyone up that disagrees with you.
PURPOSE AND MEANING
“God is love.” 1 John 4:8 By saying God is love, we are saying God is a movement toward the good of the other. Love seeks the good of the beloved. God is love and therefore personal. He is revealed in Scriptures as a person. He is not just some free flowing divine power.
We have been made in God’s image and likeness. Genesis 1:26-27 reveals, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness’ … God is our Creator: our shaper and our author and hence the authority and we owe obedience to Him.
We are not at the final stage yet of the Big Picture. The last chapter of the world has yet to be written; the story has not been resolved. The way things are now are not the way they will always be. There is a Second Coming of Christ, a final judgment and an ultimate resolution of all the evils and injustices of the world. We will be caught up in communion and unity with God where we will live, love and rejoice forever.
There is just no other story in the world like this. It’s a shame that its familiarity has caused us to be indifferent. God became a man! Really??
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14 God the Son through Whom all things were made became a human being. The all powerful God became a baby, a young man, a suffering man, a corpse.
He healed and gave life. He overcame evil spirits and forgave sins. He proclaimed a new kingdom. He emphasized mercy. He called disciples to follow him and the appointed twelve became the foundation of the Church. There are 2.2 billion followers or 32% of the world’s population who can’t be all wrong.
And then He died. The death of Jesus on the Cross and how it affects our relationship with Him can be difficult to understand initially. To begin with, Jesus died in obedience to His Father’s will. This death in some fashion wins us forgiveness of our sins and opens up heaven to us. It is analogous to the offering of a sacrifice to God in a Jewish temple. The difference is that this is a perfect sacrifice with the power to cover the sins of the whole human race forever. His death saves us so Jesus is our Savior.
Disobedience (sin) breaks this communion with Him: it unplugs us from the only life source that there is. Sin ultimately leads to death – the place of no-God, no-life, no-goodness and no-life. It doesn’t lead to striking us to death for our sins – it leads us to a dead end. But death is defeated and robbed of its power. Heaven is open to us, because Christ has harrowed Hell: it is no longer a threat. Life is real and the grave is not the goal.
LABORATORY OF A MAD SCIENTIST
Our world does seem bizarre at times but there is a Creative Intellect of our God that has infinite wisdom. So we are in good hands. So God created us that we can both know and love the world that He made and join with Him in its ongoing creation: we become co-creators with God in our own existence.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (matter), and the man became a living soul (spirit). “Genesis 2:7 Spirit flies at the speed of thought to the ends of the world and back. Matter must adhere to the laws of time and place; it is rooted like a mountain in some place. Both are good and both come from the creative will of God. But they are different from one another.
MATTER AND SPIRIT: THAT’S US.
Our body-spirit may seem strange to us. Decartes called the human person as a “ghost in a machine”. Your body is you and your spirit is you. You are body and spirit together. We are a spirit being, we live in a body and we possess a soul. The real person inside of us is our spirit. Our soul consists of our mind, will and emotions. The moment we accept Christ, our spirits become brand new.
This opens for us a new chapter in your human story. It is a new beginning, which creates hope for us. God opens up a space at the table for us, inviting us to share and participate in His goodness and life. God washes us clean, makes us a new creation and fills us with His Spirit. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
THE PERSONAL GOD
Our whole life is meant to be shaped and fashioned to its intentional end. God and our communion with Him is the only true and absolute end to our lives.
“Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and His knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak He makes vigor abound.
Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Book of Isaiah 40:28-31. (740-681 BC)
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits.
He pardons all your iniquities;
He heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction;
He crowns you with kindness and compassion.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does He deal with us,
nor does He requite us according to our crimes.
Psalms 103(102):1-2.3-4.8.10. (1034 BC)
Remembering the Lord loves and cares for you.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all — how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32
“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 make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:10-13
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Yet, the unity of body and spirit is fragile: it is imperiled by our fallen disorder. The body has its own rejection of the mind: we want what we want when we want it. There is also simple laziness. Our bodies tend to resist putting out any energy to embrace any good.
Let us not be misunderstood: this life is not boring. Celebration is really important in living godly life in the world. God has made a good world that is full of things to delight in, to laugh about and to rejoice over. Just be careful about all the shiny toys that modern technology offers: don’t waste your time on trivialities, amusements and diversions. We just have to walk away from the machines from time to time. They can be so dehumanizing – just drifting along on the current of life.
We have to live deeply, think seriously, and be alert in our minds, our spirits, and our senses to the most essential questions in life: the Big Picture.
We invite you to attend a good Bible–based church in your area.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”
- Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength.
- Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s Unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to this Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading the Gospel according to John: It is all about love and you will love it. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. Soaking yourself in the love of God defends you from attacks of the enemy
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- JESUS IS MY LORD
- Jesus Says to Come to Me – I Will Make You Happy.
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- The Faith Factor: We Cannot Please God without Faith:.
- THE HOLY SPIRIT: the Principal Agent of Mission
- The Life and Person of the Holy Spirit
- The Name of Jesus
- The Million Dollar Question
- The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit
- THE PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT
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