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« on: March 28, 2013, 11:12:38 PM »

What is the purpose of life? I mean does this life have a purpose on itself? Does the life you have here on Earth, in this Universe, really matters or is just a "test" for the afterlife, for eternity? A given test where your choices are accounted, where you will be judged based on your actions? Is this life just a purgatory,a place of propitiation, a test for eternity? Does this earthly life have any value in itself? Does it have any worth, blessing and purpose power in itself?
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 11:14:07 PM »

I personally don't get these questions. They can't be answered logically, nor can they be observed, so what's the point of discussing them? I'm a scholastic.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 11:20:59 PM »

What is the purpose of life? I mean does this life have a purpose on itself? Does the life you have here on Earth, in this Universe, really matters or is just a "test" for the afterlife, for eternity? A given test where your choices are accounted, where you will be judged based on your actions? Is this life just a purgatory,a place of propitiation, a test for eternity? Does this earthly life have any value in itself? Does it have any worth, blessing and purpose power in itself?

The answer is 42.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013, 02:40:20 AM »

I take it you haven't read The Purpose Driven Life then?   I just watched a 3+ hour long refutation of it on youtube that was pretty entertaining. But maybe it's your thing. Check it out.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 04:13:52 AM »

I take it you haven't read The Purpose Driven Life then?   I just watched a 3+ hour long refutation of it on youtube that was pretty entertaining. But maybe it's your thing. Check it out.

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 06:41:23 AM »

What is the purpose of life?

God.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 07:20:50 AM »

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If it didn't, God wouldn't have created us.
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 07:31:33 AM »

What is the purpose of life? I mean does this life have a purpose on itself? Does the life you have here on Earth, in this Universe, really matters or is just a "test" for the afterlife, for eternity? A given test where your choices are accounted, where you will be judged based on your actions? Is this life just a purgatory,a place of propitiation, a test for eternity? Does this earthly life have any value in itself? Does it have any worth, blessing and purpose power in itself?

The answer is 42.  Wink

Hasn't inflation got to that yet?
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2013, 11:27:09 PM »

I would recommend reading The Meaning of Life by S.L. Frank. Suffice it to say, the meaning of life (or purpose) is unification with God. We all unwittingly seek this out, we seek out a better way of life. This is why the atheist existentialists were correct in noting the absurdity of life, that we seek meaning in a universe that we must give meaning to (according to their worldview). Life in and of itself is pointless and has no meaning. After all, when the next asteroid or comet crashes into our planet and wipes out human existence, what will our legacies matter? What about when the earth finally dies or is eviscerated billion of years from now by the expanding sun? Our legacies simply wander off into empty space and fall upon stars that do not acknowledge us.

Thus, life only has meaning when it comes in contact with Life, with the Eternal.
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2013, 11:30:09 PM »

I would recommend reading The Meaning of Life by S.L. Frank. Suffice it to say, the meaning of life (or purpose) is unification with God. We all unwittingly seek this out, we seek out a better way of life. This is why the atheist existentialists were correct in noting the absurdity of life, that we seek meaning in a universe that we must give meaning to (according to their worldview). Life in and of itself is pointless and has no meaning. After all, when the next asteroid or comet crashes into our planet and wipes out human existence, what will our legacies matter? What about when the earth finally dies or is eviscerated billion of years from now by the expanding sun? Our legacies simply wander off into empty space and fall upon stars that do not acknowledge us.

Thus, life only has meaning when it comes in contact with Life, with the Eternal.
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2013, 12:07:33 AM »

I would recommend reading The Meaning of Life by S.L. Frank. Suffice it to say, the meaning of life (or purpose) is unification with God. We all unwittingly seek this out, we seek out a better way of life. This is why the atheist existentialists were correct in noting the absurdity of life, that we seek meaning in a universe that we must give meaning to (according to their worldview). Life in and of itself is pointless and has no meaning. After all, when the next asteroid or comet crashes into our planet and wipes out human existence, what will our legacies matter? What about when the earth finally dies or is eviscerated billion of years from now by the expanding sun? Our legacies simply wander off into empty space and fall upon stars that do not acknowledge us.

Thus, life only has meaning when it comes in contact with Life, with the Eternal.
How you been doing man? Did you get your Master's? Or was it doctorates...

MA. And I had to put it on hold due to finances, but thankfully will start back up in the Fall.

Life has been pretty good though, I can't complain.
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