. . . One of the challenges we face when coming to this question of the meaning of life is the sheer magnitude of answers that people have put forward. In one sense, it’s understandable that so many feel bewildered by it. And it’s understandable that so many have likewise, with a collective shrug, supposed that the meaning of life is probably just subjective: “If you’re doing what makes you happy (and aren’t hurting anyone), go for it.”
. . . Of course, there’s no denying that there are some very knowledgeable people in the world. I have a friend who now works as an astrophysicist for NASA. The number of things he’s thought carefully and deeply about in terms of the known universe is dizzying. Yet, despite the fact that he could tell me the precise mathematical formula used to calculate the behavior of displaced dust particles from a rocket launched off of an asteroid traveling 59,000 mph through space, I would be a bit skeptical if he told me he had figured out my purpose in life.
. . . Since we are created beings, we don’t get to dictate what we are made for. God alone has the right to dictate what our purpose is: “Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” (Rom. 9:20–21). As creatures made by God in God’s own image (Gen. 1:27), our happiness depends on God’s design and purpose, revealed to us in nature (general revelation) and, ultimately, his word (special revelation).
Isaac Fox | “What Is the Meaning of Life?” | August 14th, 2023
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