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ElShamah - Reason & Science: Defending ID and the Christian Worldview

Otangelo Grasso: This is my library, where I collect information and present arguments developed by myself that lead, in my view, to the Christian faith, creationism, and Intelligent Design as the best explanation for the origin of the physical world.


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1Meaning of life Empty Meaning of life Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:27 pm

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As a Christian, I believe that the meaning of life is to glorify God and to enjoy a personal relationship with Him. God is the Creator of the universe and everything in it, including us humans. He created us in His image and gave us the ability to know and love Him. Our purpose as humans is to seek Him, to know Him, and to serve Him in all aspects of our lives. Through a personal relationship with God, we can experience the fullness of life and find true joy and fulfillment. This relationship is made possible through faith in Jesus Christ, who is the only way to God. Jesus is the Son of God who came to Earth to die for our sins and rise again, so that we may have eternal life with Him. As Christians, we believe that our lives are not our own, but belong to God. We are called to use our talents, abilities, and resources to glorify Him and serve others. This includes loving our neighbors, caring for the poor and marginalized, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others. In summary, the meaning of life from a Christian perspective is to know, love, and serve God, and to find joy and fulfillment in a personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ.


The fact that biology is essentially, and mysteriously teleonomic, (in contrast to the Physico-chemical world), points to God.

Davies: There is no significance in human life beyond what humans themselves invest in it has become the leitmotif of science.

When an atheist rejects  God and His authority, real purpose and meaning of life is reduced to naught as their entire worldview relies on the accidental generation of our universe, stars, planets, and life—everything is accidental, random, and life is merely chemical reactions just as their thoughts and emotions are simplified to the same process of meaningless chemical fizzles in their cranium. For them, happiness, love, anger, et al. are meaningless and useless results from randomized chemical reactions. Nothing has purpose or meaning to them if they hold true to their worldview that suggests Gods existence is a fairytale and a lie.
The atheist's worldview leads to purposelessness, and lack of real meaning.

We know in an intuitive manner that our lives have a purpose. This world of ours has some purpose;
We cannot presuppose that this purpose was self-created by ourselves. If we focus on ourselves, we will not find it. It must come from somewhere else above us.
There must be someone that made us for a purpose and can reveal to us the purpose of our existence. That mind is God.  

You have a loving heavenly Father who created you to be a part of His family... Our purpose is simple and elegant: To love God, love others, and be loved by Him.

focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. The Bible says, "It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone's life is in his power" (Job 12:10 TEV). Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell us, we won't discover life's meaning by looking within ourselves. We didn't create ourselves, so there is no way we can tell ourselves what we were created for! If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator—or the owner's manual—could reveal its purpose. Bertrand Russell, the famous English atheist once said, "Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless." He was correct; if there is no God, then our lives really don't matter. We are just random accidents of nature, and neither our births, our lives, or our deaths have any meaning or value. God, on the other hand, tells us that we are not accidents and that our lives have significance—because God had his reasons for creating us. The Bible says, "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible...everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him" (Col. 1:16 MSG).

The Bible says,

It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
   (Eph. 1:11 MSG)

This verse gives us three insights into our purpose that we can share with our people: You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about him. His purpose for your life predates your conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don't get to choose your purpose. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity.

To understand your life's purpose, you must begin with your Creator. You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God—and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end. God has not left us in the dark to wonder and guess. He has clearly revealed his five purposes for our lives through the Bible—to worship, fellowship, grow in Christ, serve others, and share Christ with others.

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The Absurdity of Life without God 1

If there is no God, and no eternal life, then: From stardust, we came, to stardust we go, and all that happened in between, will soon be forgotten, and matter no more. Let us drink and let us eat, because tomorrow, we are all no more.

William Lane Craig:
If God does not exist, "You are the accidental by-product of nature, a result of matter plus time plus chance. There is no reason for your existence. All you face is death." If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.
Without God, the universe is the result of a cosmic accident, a chance explosion. There is no reason for which it exists. As for man, he is a freak of nature— a blind product of matter plus time plus chance. Man is just a lump of slime that evolved rationality. Now if God does not exist, our lives are just like that. They could go on and on and still be utterly without meaning. We could still ask of life, "So what?" So it is not just immortality man needs if life is to be ultimately significant; he needs God and immortality. And if God does not exist, then he has neither. Furthermore,  if there is no God, then there can be no objective standards of right and wrong.

According to the Christian world view, God does exist, and man's life does not end at the grave. In the resurrection body man may enjoy eternal life and fellowship with God. Biblical Christianity, therefore, provides the two conditions necessary for a meaningful, valuable, and purposeful life for man: God and immortality. Because of this, we can live consistently and happily. Thus, biblical Christianity succeeds precisely where atheism breaks down.

What I have done is clearly spell out the alternatives. If God does not exist, then life is futile. If the God of the Bible does exist, then life is meaningful. Only the second of these two alternatives enables us to live happily and consistently. Therefore, it seems to me that even if the evidence for these two options were absolutely equal, a rational person ought to choose biblical Christianity. It seems to me positively irrational to prefer death, futility, and destruction to life, meaningfulness, and happiness. As Pascal said, we have nothing to lose and infinity to gain.

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1. https://www.bethinking.org/is-there-meaning-to-life/the-absurdity-of-life-without-god
2. http://www.cfaith.com/index.php/article-display/38-articles/ministry/15946-gods-purpose-gives-life-meaning-and-value

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2Meaning of life Empty Re: Meaning of life Tue Apr 05, 2022 8:48 am

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1. Either at the bottom of reality, there is an eternal, conscious, intelligent, powerful moral creator, that created the universe, life, and human beings with an intended purpose, or not.
2. If the universe is a brute fact without explanation, if reality is the product of happenstance, of unguided random lifeless stochastic processes, then it cannot provide a meaning, because only conscious living agents with intent, purpose, and goals, can provide that.
3. In that case, from dead matter, from stardust we came, to stardust we return, and what we did inbetween, has no eternal consequences, and no meaning. in short, our lifes are meaningless beyond the arbitrary meaning we give to it, which is, however, just a made up thing. An illusion.
4. If, however, God created the universe, and us, he made if for a reason. It is given us in the Bible: You have a loving heavenly Father who created you to be a part of His family... Our purpose is simple and elegant: To love God, love others, and be loved by Him., as is written in Matthew 22:37-40:
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”, and: John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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"To Love God Above All": Understanding the Profound Commitment

The central commandment, as highlighted in Mark 12:30, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength," underscores a profound truth: our love for God is not just a duty; it is a path to our deepest fulfillment. This commandment is not merely an edict from on high; it's an invitation to a life of richer meaning and purpose. God, defined as love itself, asks for our love in return — a gesture that benefits us profoundly. In a world often preoccupied with material wealth, power, and fleeting pleasures, this commandment offers a stark contrast. It challenges us to redirect our love and devotion from the transient idols of our age — the unending pursuit of more — to something eternal and unchanging. It's a call to recognize that true richness doesn't lie in material accumulation but in a relationship with the divine.

The question arises: how does one love an unseen, intangible God? The answer lies in seeking to know Him. This knowledge comes from two primary sources: the Bible, as a direct revelation, and the world around us, as a testament to His creation. In Christianity, the ultimate revelation is found in Christ. His life, teachings, death, and resurrection are not just historical events but windows into the nature of God and His love for humanity. The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo, for instance, offer compelling insights into the physical and psychological sufferings of Christ. Their detailed accounts of His passion, crucifixion, and resurrection provide a tangible connection to the extent of His sacrifice. This deepens our understanding and love for God, grounding it in a vivid historical and personal reality. The existence of suffering in the world, a profound and often perplexing reality, is seen not as a flaw but as part of a greater divine plan. It's posited that through suffering, greater goods are brought forth — virtues like resilience, compassion, and a deepened capacity for love. In this view, the world, with all its challenges, is the best possible scenario for achieving a higher purpose, reflecting the infinite wisdom, intelligence, and goodness of God.

To follow this greatest commandment is to embark on a journey of knowing God, through scripture, creation, and personal experience. It is to find joy and peace in the understanding that we are part of a larger, divinely orchestrated narrative. To love God is to find the true wealth of life, transcending material possessions and societal accolades. It is to recognize that in God's overarching plan, every detail of our lives is known and every struggle is under His providential care. Those that whine that God is hiding from us, are proven wrong because we have the Bible. It is enough to find and know Him. Creation also literally screams out, giving glory to its creator. Look at a Paradise bird, or rainbow blanket Octopus, and it gives testimony to the sublime Artist that God is. Look into space, and see the infinite greatness of God. Size does not matter to Him. We are a speck, a tiny organism on a tiny planet, surrounding a tiny sun, and a tiny galaxy, compared to the vastness of the universe with up to two trillion galaxies as ours. Nonetheless, we mean more to God, for Him to incarnate and become human, one like us. Size does not matter. We are huge compared to an atom.  About 6.68 × 10^27 atoms make up the average human body, that's more than stars in the universe. Between the size of an atom and the size of the universe, we are right about in the middle. What does that tell us?

We are right in the middle, in the core of God's plans, and purpose of this Universe. The very fact that the universe is structured in a way that supports life, with fine-tuned constants and laws that allow for the existence and flourishing of beings like us, is an act of profound benevolence. The universe, being the work of our Lord, has fashioned a cosmos that is not only magnificent but also nurturing. The conditions necessary for life are so precise and delicate that their alignment suggests God's caring, intentional hand rather than random, brute happenstance. The beauty found in the natural world, from the majesty of galaxies to the intricacies of a snowflake, speaks to a creator who is not just powerful and intelligent but also deeply good. This beauty, which inspires awe and wonder in us, is a gift, a testament to a creator who values joy, wonder, and aesthetic appreciation. Our ability to recognize and appreciate this beauty is evidence, a sign of God's goodness, indicating a desire for a deep, appreciative relationship with His creation. We are also endowed with the capacity for moral goodness, love, compassion, altruism, and justice. This capacity, which sets us apart in the known universe, is a reflection of the moral nature of our creator. If we are made in the image of our Lord, then our ability to recognize and enact goodness is a direct emanation of God's nature. Our unending quest for knowledge and understanding, our drive to explore the universe and unlock its secrets, is a divine spark within us. This pursuit not only leads to technological and scientific advancements but also to a deeper appreciation of creation and, by extension, the creator. The fact that the universe can be understood, that it operates on logical principles that we can decipher, points to a creator who is not only good but also desires for us to know and understand his works.

And doing so, exploring and discovering God's character revealed in the Bible, and his creation, from the micro to the macro, that knowledge, is what truly enriches us because it leads us to contemplate, and rejoice by recognizing God's sublime nature. That provides us with a sense of comfort, safety, and the acknowledgment that we are being cared for. God cares and values us. Flawed, sinning, and often jerks, nonetheless, God loves us deeply and wants to have a relationship with us.  Solomon asked for wisdom and discernment to govern his people effectively. It pleased God. It will please Him too, if you ask Him for wisdom to know Him better, and so His creation. It will put things into the right perspective, shape your worldview, and generate a deeper understanding of Gods nature, and consequently, deeper love, and enrich yourself, and your inner being.

In Gibeon's dream, Solomon sought,
For wisdom, not riches, as he ought.
But in our days, we chase the wind,
Forgetting the wisdom that's God-send.

In galaxies vast, in atoms small,
In birds of paradise, in octopuses tall,
In every speck and every star,
God's artistry shines, near and far.

"Oh Lord," I pray, "amidst Your vast creation,
Help me find joy, not in mere acquisition.
Grant me the wisdom to see Your face,
In every atom, and in outer space.

In the Bible's pages, in nature's hue,
In the laughter of children, in the morning dew,
In acts of kindness, in tears of joy,
In every moment, Your love deploy.

Teach me, Lord, the art of living,
Not in taking, but in giving.
In the wisdom that Solomon sought,
In the love that Jesus taught.

In the beauty of a snowflake's fall,
In the majesty of mountains tall,
In the depths of the ocean, in the sky so blue,
Let me see, dear Lord, a glimpse of You.

For what is wisdom, if not to know,
The Creator of the high and low?
In every wonder, in every strife,
In every moment of this life.

So here's my prayer, my humble plea,
In subtle humor, in sincerity:
Let me love You, in truth and deed,
For You, O Lord, are all I need.

In the grandeur of Your cosmic play,
In the small joys of every day,
In Your wisdom, let me partake,
For in Your love, I am awake."

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4Meaning of life Empty Re: Meaning of life Mon Mar 18, 2024 6:54 am

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The perspective that life is a fleeting, accidental occurrence in the vast cosmos leads to a sense of existential nihilism—the belief that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. From this viewpoint, if we are merely the by-products of random events in the universe, then any meaning we ascribe to our existence is self-delusional because it is an attempt to impose significance on something that, at its core, is devoid of inherent meaning.
Self-ascribed meaning is inherently flawed because it relies on one's subjective perspective, which is transient and limited. If our existence is the result of accidental cosmic events, then any meaning we derive from our experiences, relationships, and achievements is temporary and ultimately insignificant on the cosmic scale. Any personal or collective sense of purpose is a construction, a mere distraction from the fundamental meaninglessness of existence.

Real meaning must be conveyed from an external, meaningful source. For human life to have a purpose, it must be designed with intention by an entity that itself possesses inherent meaning. Only a conscious creator who imbues life with a specific purpose can grant genuine meaning to our existence. Without such a source, any attempt to find or create meaning is an exercise in futility, a mere coping mechanism to counter the existential void. This challenges the human inclination to find meaning in life, but such endeavors are ultimately in vain in the absence of an external source of meaning. It confronts us with the question of whether meaning derived from personal experiences, values, and goals is sufficient or whether true purpose can only be attained if it is part of a larger, intentional design.

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Is there a meaning of life without God?

The notion that life emerges accidentally in the vast cosmos carries with it a profound existential dilemma. This view suggests that existence is merely the outcome of random cosmic events, leading to a philosophy of existential nihilism. This philosophy posits that life lacks objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. If our very being is the consequence of random accidents, then any significance we attach to our lives is, in essence, a form of self-deception. We are, in this view, engaging in a futile attempt to imbue our existence with meaning where none inherently exists. This self-attributed meaning is fundamentally flawed, as it is anchored in our subjective and ephemeral human perspectives, which are bound by the limits of time and our personal experiences. In a universe where our origins are attributed to mere accidents, the meanings we extract from our relationships, achievements, and personal growth are transient and, on a universal scale, inconsequential. The purposes we define for ourselves or our communities are but constructions, temporary shields against the underlying void that characterizes our existence.

For life to possess genuine purpose, it necessitates an origin rooted in deliberate intention, crafted by a being or force endowed with intrinsic meaning. Only through the intentional act of creation by such a source can our existence achieve authentic significance. Absent this external creator, any search for or construction of meaning becomes a Sisyphean task, a mechanism to stave off the stark reality of an existential vacuum. This presents a profound challenge to the human pursuit of purpose, suggesting that efforts to find meaning in personal experiences, values, and aspirations are in vain without an overarching, intentional design.

This perspective intertwines with a theistic worldview, particularly the Christian doctrine, which posits the existence of God and the continuation of life beyond physical death. According to this belief, life gains ultimate significance, value, and purpose through divine intention and the promise of eternity. It contrasts sharply with the bleak outlook of a godless universe, where existence is seen as a cosmic anomaly with an inevitable end in oblivion. The Christian faith posits a universe imbued with divine purpose, offering a coherent and hopeful alternative to nihilism. It suggests that faced with the existential crossroads of meaningless existence versus a life filled with divine purpose, rationality leans towards embracing the latter. In this light, the pursuit of a life aligned with biblical principles is not just a choice but a rational inclination towards meaning, value, and eternal happiness, echoing Pascal's wager on the infinite to be gained against nothing to be lost.

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