So what brings you to this page? If you are curious about what the real meaning of life is then continue to read; perhaps you will be suprised at the answer.
Evolutionists will tell you that we are all here purely by chance following millions of years of gradual changes. With a relatively short life and no hope for existence after, this would lead me to live a life to its fullest, doing what makes me feel good and dreading the day of death. Perhaps this attitude results in the selfish people we see today and the moral relativism that can give rise to the despotic leaders in this world.
A wise and wealthy king of ancient Israel once said,
"I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless,
a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun."
"Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
This too is meaningless."
In the end, the king concluded:
"Then I realised that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink,
and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few
days of life God has given him."
"Here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgement,
including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil."
The questions then arise - Who is God? What is good or evil?
Those who believe in self-determinism will tell you that everyone has to decide for themselves what is right. The problem is that ultimately this produces chaos. Everyone doing what they think is right in their own eyes. This is sort of like the dog chasing his tail; you run around in circles and never get anywhere. You cannot determine for youreslf what is right and wrong.
The Bible tells us that God is eternal and that "God created the heavens and the earth." He also created man in His own image; a quality unique from all the other life on earth. Man was created to love and have communion with God but he was also given a free will in the garden of Eden and chose to believe the lie of Satan that we would be like God if we gained the knowledge of good and evil. This has produced not only a loss of our initial purpose of communion with God but also sin in the lives of everyone since then.
After the fall of man, God then required a sacrifice in order to cover our sins against Him. This took the form of animal sacrifice in the Jewish nation for many centuries but God had a better sacrifice planned. His solution was to send His son Jesus into the world to become the final sacrifice for all mankind. Jesus not only fullfilled this role but three days after His death, God raised His body from death so that death, the final result of sin, would be conquered.
Here is what the Word of God says about sin and how are lives can be transformed to truly find meaning to this life:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
"But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath through Him."
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."
"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us."
"Jesus ... said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'"
"For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life."
"And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up on the last day."
"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (As hard as this may seem to some, this rules out all contrary religious beliefs.)
The apostle John also confims this narrow way by saying:
"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
So what then is this "eternal life"?
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
The apostle John concludes by saying:
"And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His desciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."
We can find meaning in life by accepting salvation through Jesus and following the guideline for religion given in the book of James:
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
God also gives us a warning in the book of Deuteronomy to trust in His strength and not our own.
So let us be thankful to God for all we have and all that He provides.
"When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgements, and His statutes, lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God, then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'
"Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and searve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God."
For more insights from the Bible on various topics, go to the links given on the left above.