What is the point in Living
aymon de albatrus
For 40 years I have asked myself continuously what was the purpose of my life, and could not find it. Then at the age of forty Christ converted me to Himself in a forceful way, due to my hard head, and then I knew
Basically these are the position of belief in human kind:
1. There no life after death, i.e. no spiritual life
this position contends that at death our consciousness terminates and there is nothing after that. The people (secular) who subscribe to this position have no hope or future and thus they wish to live the longest possible on this earth, for after that there is oblivion and nothingness.
2. Those that believe in a spiritual life have a myriad of beliefs, just a few:
2.1. Hinduism/Buddhism. This system believes in reincarnation. People die and are reincarnated into another being ad infinitum until they become so perfect (very few reach that) to merge in Nirvana and thus ceasing to exist as individual beings. This belief is rather strange in that the reincarnated soul does not remember his previous lives. So what is the point of all these endless lives to finally (maybe) merging into the universal being and losing his consciousness.
2.2. Islam. These follow the sayings of their prophet Mohammed who borrowed heavily from his own pagan Arabian tribe, Judaism and Christianity. They do believe in the eternal soul and life after death but it is a religion of works and the heavenly rewards are very similar to the earthy one.
2.3. Judaism. This is the original monotheist religion believing in one God and eternal life, they do believe in Heaven and Hell, it is also a religion of works.
2.4. Christianity. This is a religion which originated with Jesus Christ. They do believe in eternal life with Heaven for the Elect and Hell for those that reject the salvation by Christ. These latter one include heathens and those who do not believe in Christ. Christianity is a religion of Grace and is exclusive. (Eph 2:8)
3. If we really believe in the veracity of the Bible, then all people, outside those who believe in Christ, are destined to Hell: Unbelievers as well all of the other religions for the Bible says:
“and there is salvation in no other One (Christ), for neither is there any other name under Heaven having been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Act 4:12)
“He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God stays on him.” (Joh 3:36)
Clearly then the only possible salvation from being cast away from the presence of God is to be named in the Elect of Christ "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" (Eph 2:8)
and this is proven by being able to proclaim with force and full conviction: “because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved:” (Rom 10:9)
All the rest will be cast into perdition, according to the Bible.
So what is the point in living? It is to be in Christ and Him crucified (1Co 2:2), and to be with the Lord Jesus Christ the sooner.
Nevertheless we being in Christ and His disciples must do the bidding of our Master, not ours, for otherwise we would be no disciples at all. Thus even though we desire with much desire to be with Him we say: "Not my will be done, but Your will, oh Lord" and repeat the words of Paul: "For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." (Phi 1:23-24)
and we remember His words:
"If you love me, keep my commandments." (Joh 14:15)
"You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you." (Joh 15:14)
Thus in a nutshell the purpose of life in to be profitable disciples of Christ with a deep heart desire to be with Him, vis-ŕ-vis.