Meaning of Life
Probably most people at one time or another have asked the question during their lifetime, “What is the meaning of life?”. A reader requested a well-explained answer, either biblical or logically founded. That is my purpose in this article.
According to most dictionaries today, the word “life”, can certainly be misleading. Life can be other than human.
(plural): lives [lahyvz]
In its simplest definition: life is the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death existence in the physical world: the quality that makes living animals and plants different from dead organisms and inorganic matter.
The dictionary defines life as the physical existence of humans and other living organisms. This is not the truth (the whole truth)!
Reportedly, there are today more than seven billion living people on earth. Dating back to the early 19th century, there were only about six hundred million;
earlier, few hundred millions; further, few millions, and if we continue to travel back in time, we will end up finding only two human lives on earth, Adam and Eve.
But we have to consider, the inexorable conclusion is that before human beings and other life forms life came into existence, life did exist. It came from the original source of life — God.
The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
Yes, there are those who conclude, there is no God, but this author’s belief is summed up in the biblical verse above.
26 And He has made from one blood[a] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
The global population in the 19th century grew by only 600 million, but in the 20th century it grew by 4.4 billion. Surprisingly, there are twice as many people today as there were in 1960. Even with a continued decline in fertility rates, the United Nations projects a population of 8.9 billion in 2050. With current trends, world population isn’t expected to stabilize until after 2080. (UNFPA ’99)
According to the Bible, life existed before the physical creation of the world, or human creation. It is known as the life of God.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
So in pondering the question “What is the meaning of life?”, the most relevant answer can only be found biblically. Given it’s the only documented proof found today, the bible defines life for us:
Life is the cause of existence of everything there is; And the purpose by which it was made to exist.
Bear in mind, the life we have now existing on earth is both temporal and eternal. Our physical being (body) will cease to exist when the spirit that sustains physical life leaves the body.
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also
The spirit, after leaving the body, returns to the origin of life.
7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Looking to fully understand the true meaning of life, we also have to understand it’s purpose.
We cannot understand the true meaning of life without understanding its purpose. All life has a purpose, but as humans we must try to find our purpose, as to not live life in vain.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.
So, life must be lived and given willingly by somebody who understands its purpose.
35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Our life was given by God to spend it in service and fellowship with him and our fellowman.
1 Corinthians 15:36
36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
1 Corinthians 15:42-43
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
1 Corinthians 15:51-54
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”[a]
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
The end of our physical life (or earthly existence) is the beginning of life eternal, after the resurrection by God.
We can conclude then, life is existence without total end or death (other than physical), to be lived with its eternal purpose. Eternal just like the life of God, who is the source of our temporary life on earth.
Therefore, we conclude in the end, the meaning of life to be existence that will never end, and one day be without physical death or troubles of any kind.
This is an updated excerpt from Bro. Sarino.