Three Questions

If we would think about it there are three basic questions that cause us all, at one time or another, to pause and contemplate. Three questions that philosophers and poets, adventurers and statesmen, and probably each one of us have asked, pondered, and tried to form answers. The three questions? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? For some of us, answering these questions is a lifetime search.
Where do we come from? I would say that we all come from God. Each one of us being a tiny, little miracle formed in our mother’s womb, a human being made after God’s own image. (Gen 1:26-27) But Darwinism has sown seeds of doubt among us and instead of God; it claims we are descended from apes, which once were fish, which formed themselves from amino acids and sludge over millions of years. To believe man came from God in the way described in the Bible is a leap of faith; to believe in the evolution of man as just described takes an even greater leap of faith. Personally I find my leap easier to believe and take.

But why are we here? In other words, what’s the meaning; what’s the purpose of life? This second question is the one we can get caught up in so deeply that we waste years searching for the profound. There must be more to life than working, sleeping, and procreating, even though there are plenty around us who seem to embrace doing only that. The acknowledged wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote a book near the end of his life called Ecclesiastes. In some ways his book is a book of disillusionment, pessimism, and doubt. In other ways Solomon is a realist, but even with all his wisdom, he just couldn’t figure all of life out either. At the very end of this work Solomon says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl 12:13) Solomon still cut right to the heart of the matter: fearing God. Most of us don’t really have a fear of God anymore. Now, when I say fear I’m not talking about being afraid. I’m talking about an overwhelming respect and reverence coupled with the realization that God is far more powerful an authority than I could ever hope to be, even if I were a king. Our purpose then would be to live our lives in a way that honors our Creator. You may take this lightly but God is not mocked and He always gets the last word.

For the last question, where are we going, our answer here depends somewhat on how we answered the first two questions. An evolutionist considers God and his Word as fables, or untruths, or outright lies. He then reasons out the meaning and results of his life based upon his own morality and convictions. The true Christian lives out his life believing God and Scripture and uses them for the moral basis for right and wrong. He believes he’s going to an eternal existence with God in heaven. “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Eccl 12:7) For the Darwinist there is no consoling end point to aspire.

Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? These are questions that require answers more thorough than can be addressed here. Have you considered these questions and, in light of eternity, also considered your answers?

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