Important questions are those which make a difference to our whole life. Answering them this way instead of that way makes a radical impact on how we live this life.
Here are several important questions:
- Where did I come from?
- Am I a product of time + matter + chance or am I deliberately created by Someone who, out of His love, gave me the gift of existence?
- Am I just lost on a stage without any lines to speak, making it all up as I go along, or am I part of a play, a plot with an Author’s mind behind it?
- Do we exist because of a mere “happy chemical accident of nature” , as atheist Oxford professor Richard Dawkins claims, or because of Divine design?
If our origin is only material and if we came only from mindless matter blindly bumping into more mindless matter—and not from the mind of God designing and creating our matter—then our nature is also only matter and our destiny is the destiny of all matter… death and decay—end of story.
That is the logical consequence of believing that there is no God. Death wins in the end. However, if our origin is from above, from God, and if we are designed and created by the mind of God, then our nature is not merely made of matter, instead it is made in the image of Him who made it… God. And if that is true and we exist because of God, then the practical consequence is significantly important. For each one of us has intrinsic dignity and we are not mere objects to be used by other objects. We are not just God’s creation. We are His children.
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” Deut 29:29
Our destiny then becomes spiritual, that is, to live forever with God in heaven. If God is the answer to the question of origin, He will become the answer to the question of destiny. The answer to the question of my origin makes a world of difference on how I live my life.
God will reveal hidden truths that begin to explain the answers to many other equally important questions such as:
- Why am I here?
- What is the meaning of life?
- Is there a God to worship?
- Who or what determines right from wrong?
- Is there life after death?
And many more existential questions. (Existentialism is a philosophy concerned with finding meaning in life through life experiences and choices.)
ASK QUESTIONS, SEEK ANSWERS
Questions are precious because they are the very best way to learn and to continue to learn. Asking them means that your mind is hungry. Just as food is necessary for your body to grow, seeking answers to your mind’s hunger is necessary for it to grow. Knowledge of the truth is the nourishment your mind needs for it to mature and flourish.
Questions are always encouraged when the intent is a genuine search for knowledge of the truth, not just to antagonize, argue or show off. If you don’t like answers but only questions, then you are not truly genuine in asking. Whenever you ask a question, you are implicitly saying, “I seek the answer.”
Those who simply ask questions without any desire to know the answer are likened to those who prefer hunger over food. As we ask our questions, we must realize that the subjects of God, Christianity and the Bible, are so vast that we must admit that there are far more questions than there are answers.
Most of the questions in this book (Timeless Truth in Truthless Times) www.timelesstruth.org have been subjects of debates for centuries. Although I will try, with the grace of God, to give a satisfying answer, some questions will always have incomplete answers.
We must humbly accept that there remain answers which are hidden in God, who chose to partially reveal them to us. “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut 29:29)
By: George Bassilios | Deacon at St Antonius Coptic Orthodox Church ~ San Francisco, California USA – #timelesstruth
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