WHY ARE WE HERE?
Every now and then it's a good idea to sit back and to think of what life really is about.
We as individuals are born here alone—well, some come out as twins or triplets. But even twins have an inner quality to their being which is apart from everything else. At some point we may start wondering: Just why are we here? It's a good question.
One guy tried to answer this question by reminding that we are here because our parents allowed it to happen. But it's not really the answer. It does tell HOW we are here, but the question WHY we are here remains unanswered.
People of all cultures and generations have asked the same question. Yet, it seems to bug us even today.
If the answer is that we are here by a mere chance, it leaves us without a purpose—or it gives us an perplexed view of our life's priorities. We can do anything we like with our lives and still it doesn't make any sense.
However, if the answer is that we are here because someone purposefully planned it and designed our life, then we are on a different track.
The Bible has something amazing to say on this subject. In Genesis 1:27 it says: "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them".
The Bible further tells that God made man to His likeness by forming man from the dust of the earth and then breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. What an amazing and intimate picture of man’s creation. It's like God giving CPR to a collapsed patient except that the patient had never been alive before. I wish that I could give CPR to a collapsed person and not walk by. It seems to me that God didn't want the first man to lay down on the ground but rather to be a living.
But what about the purpose of all this?
The Bible is an interesting book in many respect as it does have a logic. Remember the Pharaoh the reigned in Egypt at the same time when Moses led the Israelis out of the country? Apostle Paul reminds us of how God had a plan even for this Pharaoh: "For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth." (Romans 9:17).
So, could it be that the sovereign God really has a plan for every individual? I believe it is possible. At least the Bible continues: "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren…" (Romans 8:29). Jesus, the son of God, said: "I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). If this were true, what would it mean to us?
Could it mean that by believing in Jesus we might be destined to life with a purpose? The Bible is very open about this and doesn't leave us out in the cold. "For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin…" (Romans 6:6).
As I try to grasp the greatness of this, it gives me an incredible hope. If this is true, then I have a view, a real vista. My life is with an abundant meaning and it would eventually amount to something eternal. What a joy! :-)
3/23/2023 12:55:07 pm
Good readingg your post
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Eero Antturi is a Finnish graphic designer with more than 30 years of experience in publishing business.