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The Search for the Meaning of Life (Part 2 of 2)

To Play Your Part, Know Where to Start

“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,…everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.” –Colossians 1:16 (Message)

Contrary to what you’ve been told and what you want to believe–it’s not about you. It never was and it never will be. The reason why the search for the purpose has eluded so many is because we look in the wrong places. We look for it in our career, our family, our friends, our peace of mind, our dreams and no matter how hard we try it leaves us feeling empty and lost. Why? Because we start with looking within ourselves instead of looking to God. Why do you exist? You were born by God’s purpose and for His purpose. Until we grasp this nothing in life will make sense. You didn’t create yourself, so how can you possibly know what you were created for! You only exist because God wills you to exist. Only the one who created who knows what your purpose is. Your starting point for discovering the purpose of life is turning to God.

Through God we can discover life’s meaning and with it out origin, identity, purpose, significance, and future. Most self-help books offer this about finding life’s purpose: consider your dreams, set goals, aim high, be disciplined, believe  in yourself, and never give up.  While these suggestions more times than not lead to success, they still miss the purposes for which God created you for. Even if you reach all your goals and find success by the world’s standards you still wouldn’t find what you’re looking for. Money, fame, possessions, accomplishments can’t fulfill the longing for meaning in your life and God made it that way so we find true satisfaction only in Him. Follow this link to keep reading

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Guest Post Kyle Jackson | Leave a comment

The Search for the Meaning of Life (Part 1 of 2)

The Perilous Paths on the Pursuit of Purpose

“We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside”Switchfoot Lyrics

What is the meaning of life? It’s the one question that has been discussed and speculated across the ages, cultures, societies, and social classes above all the others. Dr. Hugh Moorhead, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University, once wrote to 250 well-known philosophers, scientists, and intellectuals across the world asking them “What is the meaning of life?” Some offered guesses, some admitted they made up the purpose of life, and others were honest enough to say they were clueless. A few even asked Professor Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the meaning of life! Today more than ever the question resonates across our society. In TV shows such as LOST, Flash Forward, and Heroes. It’s humored in movies such as Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and pondered in movies such as Forest Gump. Books such as The Purpose Driven Life and The Secret also have tried to tackle this overwhelming dilemma before us. Before we look discover the answer to this incredibly imposing question, first let’s look at the different ways we try and fill our lives with meaning.

There are ten main false pursuits on the meaning of life that predominant in today’s society that we’ll briefly look over. A few things to keep in mind: 1)None of these 10 things listed are evil or wrong necessarily but when they become the purpose for our life they cannot give us the satisfaction and meaning we want out of life 2) Most of this paths intersect into other paths such as possessions and money or popularity and power. We will look at each one individually classifying what a person who pursues this path for purpose looks like and why it leads to a dead-end. Here then are the ten most pursued  perilous paths on purpose:

1.) Prosperous Possessions: The Purchaser is consumed with buying more stuff. Every new fad, fashion, technological advancement is there chief aim to acquire in life. They’re never satisfied is what they have;  it’s never good enough.  Randy Alcorn says: “Material prosperity can begin as God’s blessing, but when we treat it as a substitute for God, it becomes a curse.” We all want stuff. We see it, want it, buy it, insure it, display it, and compare it. Follow this link to keep reading

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Guest Post Kyle Jackson | Leave a comment

The Astounding Evidence for God’s Existence: Philosophy/Morals (Part 4 of 4)

March 29, 2010

“…since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.” -Romans 2:15

How do we know right from wrong? How do we know that there is such a thing as right and wrong? Did over time they just evolve out of nowhere or are they written in our hearts given to us by a moral lawgiver? These are some of the questions that will be answered as we conclude our look at the evidence for God’s existence this month. First, let’s look at the basis on the moral proof argument.

First, when we discuss right and wrong actions, we are engaging in the field called “morality” or “ethics.” The definition of morality is the standards of conduct that are generally accepted as right or virtuous. Ethics then is just the system of morality that governs how a person or group should behave.  The entire moral proof can be summarized in three simple, short sentences:

1) Every moral law had a moral lawgiver.

2) There is a moral law.

3) Therefore, it had a moral lawgiver.

Every moral law had a moral lawgiver. We know that laws do not emerge on their own; they must be given or legislated. The laws that govern the United States did not appear out of thin air; countless hours were spent on formulating and issuing them to our society. Another example is medical prescriptions. They are not prescribed by themselves; they need prescribers called “doctors.”  So we also know that the moral law written within us needs a lawgiver and this lawgiver we know as God.

So how do we know that laws did not just evolve over time? Moral principles are discovered, not invented. Moral reforms such as abolishing slavery, giving women the right to vote, and giving civil rights for African-Americans make no sense unless objective moral law exists. Even if it took several centuries for the abolishing of slavery that does not suggest that mortality just evolves over the course of human history. Rather, it readily suggests that moral principles can be discovered and are worth pursuing, even at the very high cost.
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March 29, 2010 Posted by | Guest Post Kyle Jackson | | Leave a comment

The Astounding Evidence for God’s Existence: Intelligent Design/Science (Part 3 of 4)

March 22, 2010

“We should reject, as a matter of principle, the substitution of intelligent design for the dialogue of chance and necessity; but we must concede that there are presently no detailed Darwinian accounts of the evolution of any biochemical system, only a variety of wishful speculations.“  -Biochemist Franklin M. Harold

Today more than ever it is believed that science is the highest form of knowledge. Science is seen as rational and the absolute truth. If it can’t be tested by the scientific method; then it cannot be true or rational.  Faith and science are seen as two completely different worldviews at odds with each other. The truth of the matter is that science actually supports theistic belief. Over the last fifty years or so, with the advance of technology research methods we’re beginning to see how truly remarkable life is with fine-precision and complexity.

The design proof, popularized by William Parley, is the second of three major proofs for the existence of God. Like the cosmological proof, the design proof can be stated in three simple sentences:

1) Every design had a designer.

2) The universe has a design.

3) Therefore, the universe has a design.

Every design has a designer. This is a very obvious statement that no one dares to debate. Every building, painting, piece of clothing, or computer program comes from the mind of a designer. Intelligent design doesn’t come together at random any more than a dictionary could come from an explosion from a print shop! Design simply states a designer is responsible.

The universe has a design. How do we know this? By looking around and observing the universe. The design we see is intricate and complex. One example of this is by looking at a single-cell animal. In a single-cell animal there is the same amount of information as one thousand volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. If it reasonable to believe that computers, cameras, and cars need intelligent causes like humans to create them, then why do people find it so hard to understand the need for an intelligent cause of human existence? We’ve become blind to the truth all around us; ignoring it and accepting lies.  “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” -Romans 1:19, 20. We have no excuse not to see that everything before us was specially created for a unique purpose in mind. God has made it clear that He is behind the design of life!
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March 22, 2010 Posted by | Guest Post Kyle Jackson | | 1 Comment

The Astounding Evidence For God’s Existence: Cosmology/Astronomy

March 15, 2010

Set aside the many competing explanations of the Big Bang; something made an entire cosmos out of nothing. It is this realization–that something transcendent started it all–which has hard-science types…using terms like ‘miracle.‘ ” – Gregg Easterbrook

In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” -Genesis 1:1. When we first open up our Bibles this is what we read but do we ever sit down and really think about what the implications of this verse means?  Do we truly grasp how amazingly profound it is that a God existed before time began and decided to display His glory by creating a physical realm that we call the universe? Philosophers, scientists, and people across all ages, cultures, languages, and tribes have asked the question: where did we come from? Some say it was all by chance and the universe came out of nothing. Others say the universe is merely an illusion and none of this is real. Yet another explanation is that the universe is eternal and has always been here. We’ll briefly look into why these three assumptions are false and why the cosmological argument makes logical sense.

The first illogical theory of the universe is that it’s an illusion. Simple logic will dispute this argument. An illusion by definition is something that’s deceptive, or unreal. If it’s an illusion it’s not really there, we can’t correspond it to reality.  Since we can touch, see, taste, smell, and hear the reality of the universe around us; this theory doesn’t have any substance to it.

The second illogical theory of the universe is that it’s eternal.  Again by looking at the law of Thermodynamics we can see that this is false:

  • 1st Law: The total amount of mass-energy in the universe is constant.
  • 2nd Law: The amount of energy available for work is running out, or entropy is increasing to a maximum.

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March 15, 2010 Posted by | Guest Post Kyle Jackson | , | Leave a comment

The Absurd Assertion of Atheism

March 8, 2010

Nothing, absolutely nothing, has a more direct bearing on the moral decisions made by individuals or the purpose proposed by society, than belief or disbelief in God.” – Ravi Zacharias

It’s the one question above all others. It’s a question that challenges every thinking person and demands to be answered. The question “Does God exist?” continues to be most debated, speculated, and researched above every other one we could propose. Philosophers, theologians, and scientists have long wrestled with this question throughout the ages.  For Christians, our entire faith, worldview, and reason for existence lies in this one question. If God does not exist, than He can’t possibly have a Son (Jesus), the Bible isn’t the Word of God, and there is no difference between right and wrong. Before we look at the evidence for the evidence for God’s existence let’s look at what atheism is and the dangerous implications it brings if it’s true:

Atheism simply states there is no God. According to a recent study, approximately 2.5% of the world’s population is atheist. The atheists that have had a lasting impact on society today are Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud. In today’s society the self-proclaimed atheists who are well known are Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.  Books such as God is not Great, A Letter to a Christian Nation, The God Delusion, and the Blind Watchmaker have all reached the New York Bestseller list. Atheist thought is predominant in school textbooks, movies, and in our government.  Atheism is on the rise in our society but why is this?

Why do atheists passionately fight for their position? What’s so enticing about atheism? If there is no God, then there is no right and wrong. There is no one to answer to for our actions that we make on a day to day basis. We are in control of our lives, our destinies, and how we want to live. Suffering and pain are unnecessary and should be avoided at all costs. Follow this link to continue reading Kyle’s article

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Guest Post Kyle Jackson | | 8 Comments