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Question Two: Why Are We Here?

Atheists, of course, believe that there is no reason for us to exist. Like the rest of the world, we are accidents of nature. How we live and what we do with our lives ultimately doesn’t matter.

Among theists – people who believe in some god – there are two different answers to this important question.

World Religions present different views of what God is like, why He created us, and how we are to live. For instance, some religions teach that God is a person; other teach that God is an impersonal Life Force. But all world religions agree that we are here to work for our salvation. One religion says that we must follow the Four Noble Truths, another the Five Pillars, still another the Ten Commandments. Though the laws and traditions of each religion differ, each one teaches that we must work hard in this life to earn’s God’s favor and escape judgment in the life to come.

Christianity teaches that God is a person who created us to live in friendship with Him. We are not here to work for His approval, but to accept it as a gift, enjoying His love and participating in His plans.

But the Bible teaches that we cannot enter into friendship with God through our own efforts, however hard we might try. Our “sin” blocks the way. Because we know right from wrong, our decisions to do wrong things are a rejection of God, who placed His law in our hearts. Our guilt reminds us that we have broken God’s law, but we are unable to stop.

Like our own system of law, God’s law says that there must be a penalty when the law is broken. The penalty for rejecting God is death. But God loves us and does not want us to die. So He sent His own Son to Earth to pay the penalty for our sin. Jesus, who never broke God’s law, paid the penalty of death for us.

Now, men and women who admit their wrongdoing and ask forgiveness can receive – as a gift – peace and friendship with God that will never come to an end.

Decision:

Do you believe that there is a reason or purpose for your life? If you believe that there is a God who created the world and every living thing, do you think that He knows you personally and has a loving plan for your life?

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Making an Informed Decision About Religion

We are all born with a deep hunger for meaning and love. Many people try to satisfy that hunger with things like power, wealth, adventure or sex. Others try to deny the hunger or bury it with drugs or a busy life-style. But there is no easy way to satisfy the hunger or hide from it. It is part of being human.

  • Why are we here?
  • What are we searching for?
  • Do our lives really matter?

All religions respond to these questions, but they disagree about the about the answers.

The Questions of Life

We will introduce you to three different kinds of religion, based on their answers to these important questions.

  • How did we get here?
  • Why are we here?
  • Where are we going?

The three alternatives that will be presented are atheism (the belief that there is no god or higher power), world religions (including Hinduism and Buddhism, Islam and Judaism), and Christianity.

Your own consideration of these religions and their answers to life’s most important questions may lead you to important new insights about the meaning and the purpose of your life.

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