There are four fundamental questions in life that demand an answer. Every one of us would like to know why we are here, what is right and wrong for us, the meaning of our life, and what will happen to us when we die. Origin, meaning, morality and destiny; on these four fundamentals hinge everything you are and all you hope to be.
Academia and the scientific community would like to tell us we are here as the product of an evolutionary cycle that started millions of years ago. They would tell us our purpose in life is to be happy, that right and wrong are what we choose them to be, and that if there is an afterlife, it will be determined by our goodness.
Each of the great world religions address one or more of the issues in question, but they don’t adhere to reality. For Buddhism, nirvana is found in the extinction of all desire. Islam would have us believe Jesus Christ did not die on a cross and that eternal bliss is promised only to those who have earned it by living a good life.
But the best answer to the four fundamental issues in question——origin, meaning, morality, and destiny–is found in the Christian faith. Only here do we discover we have been created “in God’s image” and are privileged to live as His emissaries on earth. And only in the Christian faith does one find forgiveness for sin, a challenge to model the life of our Lord, a moral standard that protects one from evil, and the promise of heaven, too.
During my high school days, a close friend once said, “Scott, you must be a saint! You can’t do anything!” Well … a saint I am not. I am a simple man, created in the image of God, privileged to serve as a living model of Jesus Christ to my generation. I have been given a moral standard that keeps me from doing something counter-productive, and at the end of my journey, heaven too!
And what God has done for me, He can do for you. So check it out, study the record, consider the alternatives, and discover for yourself that ours is a good God Who wants only what is for your best. And God’s best is personified in Jesus, the Perfect Model of who and what God created you and me to be. He will give purpose to your existence and direction to your life, and in tough times like these, that is a faith you can live by!
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