September 4, 2009
When it comes to the existence of a Creator (God), there are 2 competing views. The Skeptics/Secularists/Atheists believe there is no Creator. No Intelligent Design. The believers on the other hand believe there is a Creator whom we call "God," and God is a supernatural, intelligent being.
Ok. Well, there are countless debates between the 2 groups but if we were to boil them all down, it really comes to a matter of purpose. On the one hand, if there is no Creator and no Intelligent Design; if we are here just by the chance result of unintelligent cosmic forces; then we have no real purpose. I mean, sure, we have a purpose if you want to call it that -- we aim to stay alive. But other than that, there is no ultimate purpose. We came by accident, we are headed nowhere, and we will eventually die off. End of story. No purpose. No goal.
But on the other hand, if there IS a Creator, then we were created with a purpose. Our lives mean something. We have a reason to go on living. We have purpose, and there is a goal in mind for which we were created. Big difference.
One thing we should bear in mind is purpose--and lack thereof... and God's existence--and the lack thereof... are bound together and intertwined. Without one, you can't have the other. So then, if there IS purpose, then there is a Creator (whom we call God). If there is a Creator (God), then we have purpose. If there is NO purpose, then there is no God. If there is no God, there is no purpose. Remember that.
God/Purpose For Mankind........... or .............. No God/No Purpose For Mankind
It seems relatively easy to just throw up your hands and say you believe God doesn't exist. But just understand the implications. If you believe no God exists, then you believe we have no inherent, ultimate purpose... and are you willing to embrace that? Don't you believe in your heart of hearts down deep, that there must be a purpose for our lives? If you do, then you believe there is a Creator. Think about it.
This is the very dilemma playwright Albert Camus came face to face with several decades ago when he said there is but one question, one matter of philosophical debate that remains for philosophers to consider. And that's the question of suicide. Even better, I'm sure we can recall Shakespeare's similar observation in Hamlet; where the question of "To be or not to be," was expressed as a question of purpose. Saying if our existence is just the result of outrageous fortune, then perhaps it is nobler in the mind, to just end it. To die. Hamlet was thinking, why suffer the slings and arrows when, if this is all for nothing, we can just kill ourselves and be done with it.
And the answers can be found in the bible. The bible tells us that God made us, and God made us for a reason. I hope we can all just take a few moments to think about this.
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