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“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Saturday, January 4, 2014
THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS IN LIFE
Below is an article published previously. I think it is worth re-visiting.
There are two
questions most people avoid. The questions are: “Why am I here?” and “Where am
I going?” They are such penetrating
questions that vast numbers of people spend their lives going to great lengths to avoid
them. Questions call for answers and these two questions pierce to the core of
who and what a person is (or is not). They will expose a person’s spiritual
state and their humanity (or lack of it). The questions can be unpleasant,
threatening and make a person feel uncomfortable. They can spark internal crisis.
would rather busy themselves with frenzied activity of work, rushing here and
there, or trying to satisfy the insatiable demands of commerce. They would rather
fill their cars with ear-piercing music than be surrounded by the threat of quietude.
They prefer a nightclub of raunchy strangers to a room of blessed solitude. They will
occupy themselves with inordinate obsessions of hobbies, or even walk over a
bed of hot coals, rather than answer those two fundamental human questions. Anything is preferable
to introspection and the possibility of confronting those two questions. But not facing, not contemplating, not answering those questions is
so much more costly for people’s spirits and souls than seeking an answer.
Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave
with the song still in them.” He also said, “If
misery loves company, misery has company enough.” He was right. What could more
miserable and desperate for a person than not knowing why they exist or where
they are going?
why you are here and where you are going will either rekindle joy or break your
heart. But avoiding the questions is much more costly -- you will die with the song God gave you still
conclusion for an atheist is that there is no purpose or destiny to life. The universe is as silent as his grave, or so he thinks. The evolutionist believes us we are nothing
more than ancestors of primordial slime, and to conclude we have any more value
than that has no basis. After all, according to evolution, everything is the
result of random chance. Thought itself is ultimately meaningless -- merely the
product of electrical or chemical impulses and reactions. Concepts like right and
wrong, fairness or justice are meaningless in a world of chance. The logical
conclusion for an atheist and evolutionist must be that humanity has no more
value than a leaf, a stone or the slug found under it.
deep within us rails against the idea of meaninglessness. We want to believe
our lives have meaning and purpose. We instinctively believe our lives have
value and we are not the products of random chance.
Within of us
rests a longing for something (yet unattained) beyond ourselves, a feeling we
have been deprived of something that should rightfully be ours. It is as if we
are royalty in exile, and we are. (C.S. Lewis dealt with this in detail in his essay, The Weight of Glory.)
The Bible tells
us that we are made in the image and likeness of the King of all creation: God.
What is heart
breaking is that when a person seriously contemplates those two questions -- Why
am I here? And “Where am I going? -- they will probably discover that while
he/she have a royal and divine lineage, they do not behave like royalty. They
are alienated from the King. They are in rebellion against His royal Kingdom.
They can not
realize their royal potential because it lies beyond them. It can not be
reached without being reconciled to the King, through His Son, the Prince of Peace.
Deep within you
and me is a spirit which is most responsive to love and withers without it
(we all know this). The human spirit
comes from God. That is why the human spirit is made for love. That entity we call our spirit has a nagging
desire and hunger for something we can not identify or satisfy without
confronting those two questions head-on.
We were created
by God for His purposes. The answers to those two critically important question
lie beyond us, but we have been told we will find the answers if we dare search
for them with all our hearts. God gave a message to Jeremiah about other
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD,
plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.
When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When
you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me with you, says the LORD, and I will change your lot; ….”
Dare to believe
that message from God is for us too.
Through his Son
Jesus Christ, God will shower His love and grace upon us like rain. Our spirits
will be revived and renewed like dry and parched land after a rain storm.
Why are you and
I here? I suspect that you may discover that the reason you are here is to love
the King and take that love to others who bear the King’s royal image and
likeness. That is the answer I found.
Where are we
going? The King wants his royal subjects to occupy his Kingdom (heaven). He
sent his Son, Jesus, to retrieve us all, through repentance, faith and love. He wants to lead us back to the Kingdom to
rule with Him forever. All we have to do
is follow Him. Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNgd-kue_Fc
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