Posts Tagged ‘God’

The Purpose of Life

December 17, 2007

Assuming God created us, why did he decide to put us here in the material world? Assuming God exists in a spiritual realm, why even create a physical world at all?

The reason may have something to do with the definition of eternity and the intrinsic characteristics of time.

There are two conflicting definitions of eternity. One says that eternity is the endless passage of time, a state in which there is time without end. The other says that eternity is the absence of time altogether, a state in which time does not exist.

Why is this important? For two reasons:

First, because time inevitably produces change. If God is unchanging, he must exist in the absence of time. The only way something can never change is if it exists in an eternal present, with no past and no future.

The second reason this is important is because time is necessary for change to occur. If people have free will, we must exist in time so that we can experience the results of our choices. We must have not only a present, but a past and a future as well, so that we can change from what we were into what we will become.

My belief is that we are the creations of an unchanging God and given free will to choose to accept him or not. Because he exists in an eternity in which time does not exist, he created a universe in which time does exist, separate from his own, a place where people can evolve into perfect spiritual beings.

We are first created in the unchanging spiritual realm, are then born into the physical world to live a life which is really just a series of choices, we enjoy or suffer the consequences of those choices, we grow or decay as spiritual beings, and then finally we return to the spiritual realm where we choose whether or not to do it again, over and over until we finally perfect ourselves and become fully-functioning members of God’s family.

Therefore the purpose of life is change.

NOTE: This is a repost of my very first blog entry and it got no comments so I thought that I would offer it up again now that traffic to this blog has increased.

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Why Do You Believe in God (or Why Not)?

December 3, 2007

I was wondering why you believe in God, or why you don’t believe in God. This is an honest question, and I hope you are willing to give an honest answer.

God is not a Megalomaniac

November 23, 2007

Why were we created? Why is anything created? Usually to serve some purpose of the creator. The creation may solve a problem or meet a need, or perhaps just bring pleasure to the one doing the creating. There is an old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Haven’t we all seen examples of this?

Bearing children is a form of creation that, in an ideal situation, meets fundamental needs in the hearts of the parents; the need to nurture, the need to be needed, the need for the comfort and security of a family, the need for companionship. Most people at some time in their lives feel the instinctual desire to procreate and ultimately take the steps necessary to become a parent. If we were created in the image of God, why would it be any different for him?

Perhaps the reasons we were created are the same for God as for any man or woman wanting to become a parent. Is it so hard to imagine God wanting someone to nurture, someone to satisfy the need to be needed? Of desiring a family to provide companionship?

Where did we ever get the idea that God created us to worship him? What kind of parent wants children who spend their lives bowing down and praising their name on bended knees, hands in the air, singing songs of adoration in endless repetition?

Those who do not suffer from megalomania would probably find such behavior uncomfortable and would quickly become annoyed. Most parents would demand that the child stand up, drop their hands, stop the mindless worship and try to relate on a more adult level.

God is not a megalomaniac and he does not want your mindless worship.

God wants to nurture you, to be there when needed and help you grow into someone who can be a part of his family. He wants to help you become capable of providing companionship on a more meaningful level.

Ultimately, I believe God wants you to grow to the point where you are a fully functional being, able to relate to him as a peer. Isn’t that the goal of any parent?