Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Meaning of Life

Someday the Sun will burn out, and the solar system as we know it will be gone. Perhaps humans of the future will survive for a few more million years by moving to another star where they will find another planet. But someday even that will be gone. The whole universe will degenerate into a thermodynamic blandness that will make all intelligent life impossible. All that we built here on earth will be seen no more. None of our descendents will be around. Civilization will perish. Some people would say that life therefore has no meaning, but I disagree.

See The Meaning of Life for more.


Anonymous said...

Quote from Pastor Al: "Joy is a spiritual force within
the heart that only comes from submitting our inward being to Jesus Christ. You only have a mental dilusion of joy."

I have to disagree with that completely. I was a very happy person before I became a Christian. When I became a Christian, I find that it gave me even more problems with the hypocritic ppl who claimed that we have to "love our brothers and sisters" and they treated me as their family while at the same time criticise ppl who are non-Christians would be condemned to hell like the Bible said. They made it sound as though they belonged in an exclusive group that were 'chosen' by God. I felt that what they put up on their face is so fake. True indeed. When I no longer go to church or attend the bible studies, I no longer see the so-called "brothers and sisters" even care to keep in touch with me (alhtough they did persuaded me once/twice to return to church).

Whereas, I found my friends who are non-Christians (some Buddhist, some Hindhus, some Muslims, and some not religious at all), still remained good friends with me even till today. This just proved that not all Christians are good and not all non-Christians are bad.

When I deconverted from Chrisitianity, I found that I no longer have a barrier between myself and my loved ones or my friends. I no longer have to think that they will go to Hell and I go to Heaven. Hehehe.. now, I think that if there really are Hell and Heaven after death, I am so glad that I had chosen to go to Hell with my loved ones and my TRUE& LOYAL friends.

In fact, I have found so much joy in things I like to do and enjoy doing instead of thinking that I am committing a sin and asking God for forgiveness. For example, my bible study leader used to tell me that it is a sin to love watching TV and idolizing stars. Is that rational?? I think not. At the same time, I don't have to force myself to go on evangelizing activities spreading the 'good news' just because I want to share this 'joy' with ppl and 'saving' them. I know that ppl actually dislike others proselytizing to them. I have a Catholic friend who complained to me that Christians were evangelizing to her and how angry she felt when the Christians insisted that the way Catholics believed in God is wrong.

On the other hand, I like the way my Buddhist friend behaved and talked to me. He does not proselytize. Instead, he was free for discussions, and never once did he insist his believe is right. If there is a God (I think there probably is, and is not as described by the Bible), I am sure He/She did plan for this to happen this way to me. :)

At the same time, not being a Christian doesn't mean losing the meaning of life. Life goes on, and we could make it as good as we want it to be. And treating the earth, every human of all races and religions, every animals with respect.


Greg Jones said...

The Book of Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has set eternity in the hearts of men. Yes, it takes faith to be a Christian, but it also takes faith to believe that one's life has a purpose, knowing that the end of all things in the universe is a total annihilation. It was C.S. Lewis who once said, "If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?" I too, believe in the questioning process. I also believe in Christ. As important as the questioning process is, how can we come to the truth of life if our hearts are biased/impure? To read more, from a different perspective, you can visit my blog at

Greg Jones said...

Another thing C.S. Lewis stated was "A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process." - The Abolition of Man. To claim that one can live a meaningful life in a humanistic, godless universe, takes a greater faith than to believe that one can live with such a romance as to enjoy the presence of a living, loving God, who in turn also enjoys our worship, our very life song...."