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“Why are we here?  What is my reason for living?”
September 2011

Why we are here is a deep philosophical and religious question.  It is a question that has plagued humanity for centuries for it concerns the purpose and significance of life or existence in general. We express this question in a variety of ways, such as, “What is the Meaning of Life?”, "What is life all about?", and "What is the meaning of it all?  The agony caused by this question holds to no age group, nationality or culture it is universal in nature and the lack of a satisfactory answer leads many to unseemly, ungodly, immoral and irrational actions.  Therefore, we dedicate this teaching to answering the question “Why are we here?”

"Why am I here?" asked the little six‑year‑old girl.  Dad, after hearing the question got flustered and nervous as he anticipated the dreaded S-E-X talk.  He turned to his daughter made a flimsy excuse and quickly left the room.  Several hours later after frantically discussing what he should say with his entire family, and after several unsuccessful attempts at getting in touch with his priest, he entered his daughter's room. He was sweating heavily and was carrying every parental help book he could lay his hands on.  He sat on his daughter's bed, placed the books on the night table and tried to begin discussing S-E-X.  "Sweetheart" he said, "When two people love each other," "Not that dad" the daughter interrupted, "Why am I hear?"  Why did God place us all hear?  The father, who was not a religious man, did not know what to say.  He was now even more flustered and became tongue-tied.  After several attempts at an answer, he gave up, asking his daughter to give him a moment, and left the room.

            As humorous as this story is, many people, children as well as adults, wrestle with that exact question, many of whom never discover the answer.  There is no doubt that our search for purpose and meaning in this life is a major contributing factor too many suicides especially around the holidays.  They who experience the joy and fulfillment of life have discovered the answer.  To those individuals who still find only emptiness inside, no matter how much you party, you need to look elsewhere!  At the base of the “emptiness of heart” lies the undiscovered answer to the question "Why am I here?"

            This minister had a very dear friend that has now gone home to be with Jesus.  This friend experienced first hand the reality of the search for the answer to the question of "Why am I here?"  He was from a well off family that had no interest in the Lord.  He experienced many of the good and bad things this world had to offer.  One evening in December twenty five years ago he found out that all the parties, women, drugs, and vacations he had partaken in, still left him empty inside.  Even though there was love between his parents and him, and he was well liked and appreciated for his charitable work and he was a successful computer programmer, he could not satisfy the emptiness inside despite all these positive things.  The question "Why am I here?" fueled his pain and emptiness, increasing it to the point where he was exhausted, desperate, and without hope of finding any peace.  Therefore, that December evening he left home with the intent of ending his life. 

            There will be peace in death he thought.  Just one bullet and all the pain will disappear.  Just as he put the gun to his head, he cried out into the darkness of that December snow filled night "How do I stop the pain?  Where do I find peace?"  Suddenly through the pitch-blackness of the night, he noticed a light that was not there a moment earlier.  As he looked at the light, he realized that it was the cross on top of the church about a half mile away.  He put away the gun and walked to the light.  He found the answer to his emptiness that night in the arms of an all loving and caring savior.  Jesus turned his life around!  He found the reason for living! 

            This man found something wonderful that night.  Something countless thousands around the world have yet to find.  God had something special in mind for humanity when He created us.  That something special is an intimate love filled relationship with the creator of the universe. 

Let us look at Acts 17: 24-28 especially verse 27-28. Paul is in Athens, and he has just examined all the altars erected to all the gods of Athens.  There was one however, that was especially of interest to our Apostle; it was named after an unknown god. It is to this “unknown god” that Paul addresses his sermon to all the inquisitive minds and hearts of the Athenians.  But think about this as well; here is a group of people who even after erecting altars to a multitude of deities so not to offend any of them still found no peace in their hearts and minds.  They feared that they might have offended a god they were not aware of so they erected an altar so named “to the unknown God” in the hopes that the altar would deter any wrath upon them. Paul used this altar as the basis of his sermon.

 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. (25) Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. (26) And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, (27) so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; (28) for in Him we live and move and have our being...”  Do not verses 27-28 clearly and precisely describe our reason for living and why we are here?  Absolutely; God created us so we could enjoy a fulfilling friendship with Him! The purpose of life is to know God personally.  However, man’s love must be offered freely to God by an act of our own will. Only man has the unique ability to love God.  God is love and He breathed His Spirit into us.  No mammal, fish, or bird has the unique ability to choose to love God.  This distinct ability comes as a choice.  I can choose to love Him or choose not to love Him.  No other of God’s creation has this choice.

            One reason we know that God wants our love more than anything else is because He told us that very thing.  Matthew 22 tells us a story of a lawyer from the sect of the Pharisees.  He tested Jesus by asking Him a very interesting question.  "Teacher what is the greatest commandment in the Law" (referring to the Law of Moses).  “Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind; This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).  Jesus was very explicit; you need my love as much as I need yours.

            What greater joy can a parent experience than the love and devotion of their children? The same is true of our heavenly Father.  By the answer Jesus gave the lawyer's question, the thing that God treasures most is the love and devotion of His children.  To take this one step farther, if man was created with the capacity to receive God's love, and the choice to give it back to the Father, (Jesus said it is the greatest of all the commandments) doesn't it stand to reason that man will find his greatest fulfillment loving God just as Christ said.

            Why then with such a simple answer to the question of "Why am I here?" With such a simple and painless cure at hand for the torment of our “emptiness of heart,” are so many people going through life afflicted with this anguish?  The answer is simple.  People have lost their way!  They are looking for meaning, fulfillment and purpose in all the wrong places.  Jesus made that fact very clear when he said; "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; (20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (22)  "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. (23) But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Again, Jesus said; "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost” (Luke 9:25).

As many of you know, we recently moved our ministry to a small town in rural Kentucky.  When we arrived, we immediately discovered something very interesting.  All country roads look alike!  We went to church one night and on the way home, got lost.  Each turn looked right, but it was not.  When we tried to backtrack, we again thought we were traveling on the right road only to find out we were not.  We had to stop and ask directions.  We had to ask someone who knew the right path, and who could lead us back to where we belonged.  This is reality for people who suffer from the torment of “emptiness of heart.”  Good people with the right desires take wrong turns.  The turn appears to be the right one.  However, later they find out that they are still going in the wrong direction, a direction that is leading them farther from where they belong.  These people need to stop and ask someone who knows the right way and can lead them back to where they belong.   "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

            Going back for just a moment, to the statement that only man has the unique ability to choose to love God or not.  This ability leaves us with two reasons why so many people are traveling on the wrong path.  The first is that some people choose a path that appears to offer purpose and meaning, only to be disappointed.  The second is that others decide that bringing about God's highest pleasure is not what they want to do with their lives.  Instead of pouring out their love on the Creator, they pour out their love on themselves.  Why should they spend their time and energy doing God's will when they could be doing their own they say?  These self-gratifying people hold fast to the belief that, self-gratification is what will make them happy.  The problem with that is, when a man divorces himself from God, he losses his reason for being, as a result, he finds himself empty inside facing that awesome and terrible question "Why am I here?"     The Scripture tells us in Romans 12:3b that one “should not think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”  This “measure of faith” pushes one to search out and discover the knowledge of God.  When that drive is ignored a void in created in the heart.  This void manifests itself in questions like the one we have been discussing.  When one finds no answer or satisfaction, it becomes tormenting to his soul. To find the answer to this torment one turns to all sorts of stimuli such as drugs, alcohol, immoral relationships, movies, television, video games etc. but none seem to fill the emptiness.  What we do not see is that the emptiness developed because of our rejection of God; so does it not make sense that knowing God, His knowledge and wisdom is the only thing that can fill that void.  Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out” (Romans 11:33)!  God is the only thing that can fill that void in your heart the “emptiness of heart.” 

Jesus gave us a parable concerning this in Luke 12:15-21.  “And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." (16) Then He spoke a parable to them, saying; “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. (17) And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' (18) So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." '(20) But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' (21) “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Augustine, the bishop of Hippo in the first century AD had it right when he said; “Until a man finds God, he begins at no beginning and works to no ending.”  This world is full of people that are living only for what they can experience without God.  All of them, without exception inevitably come to the realization that they are living without meaning.

            History contains records of many people that have eliminated God from the equation of life, people of influence and standing.  These people thought they could make the world better and life more fulfilling without God.  However, through the telescope of time the world has seen the results of their beliefs.  Look at Nero, Domitian, Hitler, Stalin, and Darwin.  Well documented are the result of their beliefs and influence. 

            For thousands of years secular philosophers have been trying to define the purpose and meaning of life without God in the equation.  They have all failed!  The scriptures tell us why.  "They are all learning and are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2nd Timothy 3:7).  Think about something.  If man is nothing more than a cosmic accident, springing out of nothing, living for only a short time, existing for nothing outside himself, and returning to nothing, then we can conclude that life is truly meaningless, except for what he can gain while here.  Nevertheless, if man, was created by God and God had His and our pleasure in mind when he formed us, then it is precisely for this reason that man senses deep within a reason greater and stronger than self-gratification for which to live.  This greater reason is why man is constantly searching for the meaning of life.  If he does not find it, it can only mean that he is looking for it in all the wrong places.

            The wealthiest man that ever lived, a king of an eastern Mediterranean kingdom can help us make this point.  The king's name was Solomon.  He had everything!  Wealth, knowledge, wisdom, you name it he had it.  There has never been or never will be a man who had as much as King Solomon did (1st Kings 3:12-13).  However, in one of Solomon's deepest reflective moments he said; “Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."  What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun?  I communed with my heart, saying, "Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem.  My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge."  And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly.  I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind... Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear (reverence) God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all (Ecclesiastics 1:1-3, 16-17, 12:13).  Solomon had all that life had to offer, wealth, power, position, recognition, relationships, and all he could say was that it was all vanity.  Not all that man could ever hope to achieve in this lifetime is enough to fill the “emptiness of heart” within him, for that void God has reserved for Himself.

            Philosophers who have eliminated God from life do have one thing right.  When man has no greater, cause than him self for which to live, life becomes meaningless.  Therefore, the only answer to the question of "Why am I here?" is; that we must love our creator, do His will, worship and serve him and in so doing we will love our neighbors as well and life becomes filled with meaning.  This formula gives us the answer to “Why we are here.”

            Bertrand Russell, a well-known atheist wrote:  “Even when one feels nearest to other people, something in ones self needs obstinately to belong to God...at least that is how I should express it if I thought there was a God.  It is odd, isn’t it, that I feel passionately for this world and many things and people in it, and yet, what is it all?  There must be something more important, one feels, though I don't believe there is.”  Refer back to 2nd Timothy 3:7.

            Provoked by the God-shaped space within him, Russell refused to see the message that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to return all men to the Father.  He fills the void that developed in us when Adam and Eve fell into sin in the Garden of Eden.  "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

            Truly, the richest reward in life is a heart-felt relationship with Jesus Christ.  The Christ filled life will bring the answer to that nagging question "What is the meaning of life?"  It will cure the torment of our “emptiness of heart.”

            Here are some verses that will help you in your search for peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Romans 14:17 “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 14:19 “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”

 

Colossians 1:20 “And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

In Hebrews 3-4 you will find the peace or rest of God that is found in Christ, mentioned nine times – Hebrews 3:11, 18, 4:1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11.

If you do not know Christ and would like to, follow these simple steps to eternal life and peace. 

  1. Admit you are a sinner and in need of forgiveness – Romans 6:23
  2. Ask Christ to forgive your sins and come into your life as Lord and master – Romans 10:9
  3. Believe in your heart He has heard you and has done just that – Romans 10:10
  4. Start reading and obeying the scriptures
  5. Associate yourself with other Bible believing Christians – 2nd Corinthians 6:14
  6. Contact us for more help for new converts
  7. Find a Bible believing Church and become an active member (we can help you with that also)

 

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