What Is Life?

LIFE IS MORE THAN BIOLOGY

Your life is not merely a biological function by your biological parents. They (and ultimately God) created life when they created you. However, you are much more than simply "life." A key to this is the fact that you have a soul. Your soul is eternal, which means that it cannot be ultimately destroyed and thus life, in a sense, is eternal.

Ray Comfort described "life" this way, "God is life, and He is the well-spring of all human life. When God became a human being, Jesus continually spoke of Himself as being the source of life. He said he was "the way, the truth and the life," "the resurrection and the life," "I have come that you might have life," and the Bible says "In Him was life." The Apostle Paul further said, "Christ, who is our life." Jesus said that His words were life, and with His words raised that dead and warned that all that are in the graves will one day hear His voice and be raised for judgment. So when you reject God’s mercy in Jesus Christ, you aren’t rejecting a religion. You are rejecting the most precious thing in the universe--life itself.[1]

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?

This question is clearly and exclusively answered by God our Creator, in the Holy Bible, His Word. Other religions do not have as clear an answer. We know from the Bible that we were created in God's image. "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:26-27). So we were created in God's image and were given rule over all the earth. But why and for what purpose?

PURPOSE IN THIS LIFE IS FOR ETERNITY

Jesus made it very clear what His purpose was for creating us. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Jesus created man (Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:26-27) and that He created him for His glory (Isaiah 43:7) and pleasure (Revelation 4:11). We are to fear (which means to deeply respect) God and keep His commandments (see Ecclesiastes 12:13–14). God has plans for each and every one of us (Jeremiah 29:11). When we do everything to glorify God ( 1 Corinthians 10:31), He receives glory and our purpose is fulfilled and Christ calls us "friends" (John 15:14-15).

Some day in the future, every creation on, above and under the earth will bow down at just the mention of the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10). Revelation 5:13 tells us, "And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

'Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!'"

In Isaiah 55:12 we're told that one day, "The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

At the end of the movie "The Matrix Revolutions," Agent Smith concludes that "the purpose of life is to end." [3] This is a vague statement but is true in the sense that our purpose isn't complete until our physical life ends and we, who have obeyed God (Mathew 7:21) and have a genuine relationship with Him (Matthew 7:21-23), go home to be with the Lord forever (Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4). The Westminster Larger Catechism of 1648 says it this way: "Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever." [4] Essentially, our primary purpose in this life is for the afterlife. It is here in this life that we secure our destiny, either in heaven with God, or hell without Him.

Jim Carrey reportedly once said, "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."[2] People think they know better than God and His Word, the Bible. They are not content and strive for more and more of whatever they don't have, not realizing that ultimate satisfaction comes through a life with Christ.

It is also interesting to think on this theme in terms of what heaven (eternal life) will be like. It is thought by many that heaven will be a place where we can fulfill the purposes God originally intended for us for His glory, with perfected bodies, on the New Earth (Is. 60:1-22, 65:17, 66:22, 2 Pet 3:13, Rev 21:1-7). Click HERE to read my page on heaven.


FOOTNOTES:

1.Ray Comfort, http://raycomfortfood.blogspot.com/ Wednesday, June 2, 2010, accessed June 2, 2010
2. Preaching Today citation: "Quotable Quotes," Readers Digest (March 2006); submitted by Van Morris, Mount Washington, KY.
3. Matt Lawrence. Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy. 2004, Blackwell Publishing.
4. Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 1.


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