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God and Purpose – June 19

19 Jun
  • “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:28

God’s existence is vital for humanity. If God does not exist, that means that man and the universe exist for no purpose—since the end of everything is death—and that they came to be for no purpose. Life is utterly without reason; it’s the blind product of chance. If He does exist, He is the foundation of all objective truth. He is the fountain from which all morality, ethic, and virtue spring. He is the creator and sustainer of all things temporal and of all things eternal.

Do you understand the gravity of the alternatives before us? For if God exists, then there is hope for man. But if God does not exist, then all we are left with is despair. Do you understand why the question of God’s existence is so vital to man? As Francis Schaeffer aptly put it, “If God is dead, then man is dead, too.”

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Atheism, Daily Thoughts, June, Theology

 

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6 responses to “God and Purpose – June 19

  1. Collin

    June 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

    But the consequences of a fact have no bearing on its truth or falsity. If the universe has no purpose without God, that doesn’t prove that God exists.

    I’m an atheist, but I do not despair. I love my friends and family, and I cherish the time I spend with them. I am alive.

     
    • Jacob

      June 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Collin,
      “Proving” God’s existence is another matter entirely. While the arguments for God’s existence carry weight and are plausible, they require a much more detailed post. I hope to find time to write on that matter in the near future. Hopefully you stick around to read.
      You are indeed alive, but to what effect? Why are you alive? Where do you derive purpose?

       
      • Collin

        June 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        I find deep meaning in working to better society (and by extension, the world at large). I find purpose interpersonal interactions. In these things, I feel great fulfillment.

         
      • Jacob

        June 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        But undoubtedly society will come to an end, as will all of civilization and the interactions therein. So these things come and go, they serve no ultimate purpose. All is vain in this fleeting life, no?

         
      • Collin

        June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        Maybe, but so what? The fact that the things we build will one day cease do be doesn’t mean they never existed. While we exist, and while our labors bear fruit, our contributions to the world are real.

         
      • Collin

        June 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        Ah, forgot a word there! “in” interpersonal relationships! Sorry.

         

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