What’s the point?
What is the meaning, the purpose, the point in this crazy, crazy world of ours?
Ah, such a big question.
Before we get there, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s back up for a moment…
What’s wrong with this world… this crazy, crazy, messed up world?
Tell me… What would make this world a better place? What would make our lives better?
Would this world be a better place if we had more control over things? Less control? I don’t mean a domineering control such as the likes of Hitler, Stalin, and so on… I mean control over our daily life… control over what happens to us.
Would this world be a better place if we had more freedom in life? Less freedom? I’m not talking about anarchy, or totalitarianism. I’m talking about freedom in our choices, our life, our morals, and so on.
To The Point.
Life is hard. Life is rough on you. Life will beat you to your knees if you let it. Why? What for? Why is it so hard? How do we break the cycle? How do we get away from this “fallen” world? What’s the meaning of it all? What’s the point? You know… Origin. Meaning. Morality. Destiny. The quintessential questions of life…
“Maybe more success will do it. If I could just get that one big break, everything would be great. Maybe more money will buy me happiness. Maybe more sex will satisfy me enough. Maybe more drugs or alcohol will, if nothing else, help me forget about the pain of this world. Maybe more freedom or more control will get me through it, or get me by, or make me happy… Because happiness is what it’s all about right? It’s my obligation in life to be happy, right?” Or perhaps sadly for some it is, “This is my only way for me to survive and get through this evil, terrible world.”
I could go on, but you know what I’m talking about. Stay with me…
God or no God.
“Oh great, here he goes again,” some of you are thinking… but if that’s you, bear with me for just another minute if you could. There are two different types of people I want to talk to…
So often people (those who are not Christian) demand that we Christians show them God, like we can show them a tiger, before they’ll commit, do, or try anything that has to do with Him. Well, believe me, I wish it worked that way, but it doesn’t. It doesn’t generally work that way with anything, but somehow it’s okay to demand that of God. Let me show you…
If I am going to decide if a certain type of music is any good, I have to listen to it in order to decide. But then there are those who say they have, but it was a bunch of hogwash, or it didn’t work for them, or what’s true for you isn’t true for me…
Now, if I get a bad recording of that music and listen to it for the first time, my impressions of that are off from the get-go. It’s not logical of me to draw a conclusion that this music is terrible, based on the fact that I got a potentially bad copy. The logical thing for me to do is try a different copy, a cleaner copy, a copy that sounds like it is intended to sound, before making up my mind. I don’t go off of what the media coverage is of this music, because it’s certainly biased, and it’s the “news,” which if you haven’t figured it out yet, generally only covers “bad stuff” on any topic… Media would never cover the good things the Red Cross does, but they will cover the Red Cross if they find something wrong with them.
I don’t base my opinion of that music on what other friends say even. I base it on listening to it myself, and deciding. But I have to listen to it, not scan through 5 seconds of each song, or play it in the background while I’m watching television.
Now, so that I’m not misunderstood… “try a different copy,” in this context means that if you tried it, and you got some arrogant, legalistic, condemning fellow or environment, then try a different ‘copy.’ If you tried it and got something that looked identical to your life already, and there wasn’t anything ‘good’ about it… try a different copy. You got a bad copy. You get my drift? I am not saying, try a different version of Christianity that works for you, or find a different religion that works for you (but we can have that conversation later).
My point is simply this… Try looking in to it, and see what you find. If you have, try again, you may have gotten a bad copy, or you chose not to like what you found. “If you seek Me, you will find Me when you seek with all your heart.” (The book of Jeremiah 29:13)
Don’t demand that you see God before you look for Him. It simply doesn’t work that way. Look and you will find Him. Then believe God, not just in God. In the book of James chapter two it says that even the demons believe in God.
Once you do that, (and you will find Him if you look), then and only then, will you begin to put the pieces together. Put the pieces back where they belong. Nothing happens over night for most people. It’s not a short-cut, quick fix, get rich, nothing bad ever happens, type of road I’m talking about. If any Christian ever tells you that, they’re wrong. But, it’s a good road. It’s a better road. It’s the best road. Yes, it’s a narrow road, but it’s a passable road. And it just may be your answer to most of life’s big questions… but you have to look for Him first. It’s simple… find someone who knows already, talk to them. If that is too much to ask, I understand… then at least sit there and talk out loud to a plausible God, who could exist, and ask Him, that if He is real, that He show you some way, somehow. But, you must be open to that, and you must want to know, and if He is real, you’ll find out. Perhaps not that very second, but believe me, if you are serious when you ask Him to show Himself, you’ll know it when He does.
To the other:
I could give you a hundred examples, but let me just give two, and then to the point…
In Daniel chapter three, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego choose to obey God, and refuse to have any other god’s before them in spite of King Nebuchadnezzar’s command to worship his god. The King finds out they did not and vows to kill them if they do not obey him. They refuse. In Ch3 v17-18 “if it be so… our God is able to deliver us… but even if He does not… we are not going to worship your gods…”
In short, the King threw them into a blazing furnace… the death penalty. God delivered them, and they walked out unscathed.
The point: many times God shows Himself to us, (when we think He is so far away, or not there at all), after we act in faith.
Another example is in Genesis chapter 22. God tests Abraham and tells him to offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. Abraham is provided for after he obeys God’s command, and not before. God provides by stopping him just before he is to sacrifice Isaac, and provides a lamb for him instead, and God says to him, “…because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you…”
The point: The blessing came after he listened to what God was telling him.
Seek God, obey God, and life gets a just a little bit easier. At least you have the strength to get through it, because He gives you that strength. You stop spinning your wheels so much at the monetary things, and focus on the more eternal things.
We so often sit there and want God to act before we make any moves… Sometimes He’s telling us to move, and then He will act. Think about it.
“You are free in our time to say that God does not exist; you are free to say that He exists and is evil; you are free to say like Renan that He would like to exist if He could. You may talk of God as a metaphor or a mystification; you may water Him down with gallons of long words, or boil Him to the rags of metaphysics; and it is not merely that nobody punishes, but nobody protests. But if you speak of God as a fact, as a thing like a tiger, as a reason for changing one’s conduct, then the modern world will stop you somehow if it can. We are long past talking about whether an unbeliever should be punished for being irreverent. It is now thought irreverent to be a believer.” G.K. Chesterton