How did I get here? What is my purpose? People think about these things when babies are born or when friends and family pass on. Sometimes we think about life's inescapable questions when we have suffered, been in pain or have tried to overcome something and failed.
Answer these big questions of life requires an examination of one's worldview. Two dominate views of reality (often called a metanarrative) dominate in America: A Christian or Theistic worldview versus a Naturalistic worldview. One says reality is rooted in God because he created and sustains life. The others says that there is no god and all reality is a product of unsuperintended biological forces. Ultimately, a worldview provides the boundaries for what we know about reality and how to answer life's inescapable questions (you can learn more about worldviews here). For the Christian, reality is rooted in God, because God helps us to answer the big questions of life; moreover, God created us. Gives us a purpose, and provides meaning during life's challenges
At the heart of the big questions of life is meaning and purpose. Only God can provide meaning and purpose. Superficially, we can find meaning and purpose in our family, work, and charitable activities. However, those things fail to answer the big questions without God. Why? Because God is the author of reality, truth, beauty and purpose. Without God there is no meaning. If one is to assume that random biological process caused life there is no need for God. Moreover, these random forces are like a natural form of determinism. You are not choosing beauty, there is no truth - all of life is a produce of unsuperintended forces that are fixed by chemical process that you or no one has control over. Wow. That means truth, beauty, pain and suffering have absolutely no value and meaning. There is nothing greater than us - a divine giver of truth, morality, beauty, or love. However, if their is a God who provides truth, beautify and meaning in pain and suffering - life has meaning. I am taking the time to say this because nothing is wasted in God's economy. God is directing our lives, leading us to find purpose, healing, growth - as we go deeper in Him (Gal. 2:20). We do not have to be stuck in the rut of our same hold habits - God can transform us. So what is your view? Do you realize that God can take our lives and make something beautiful even when we hurt, fail and suffer? Take a listen to Ravi Zacharias and give us your feed back.