Life's Two Greatest Questions
Two questions, the answers to which hold the secret of satisfaction and peace in life.There are two questions that every human being asks. They can be very challenging questions, very perplexing questions. They are:
I believe these two questions are the reason all religions exist. I believe every religion is a system of thought that is aimed at answering these two questions. In fact, I would define religion as, a system of ideas or beliefs that intend to anwer these two questions. Is there a religion that does not attempt to answer these two questions?
- Why am I here? (or "what is the meaning of life?" or
"what is my purpose in life?" These all really ask the same
- What will happen to me when I die?
The very fact that every human being asks these questions has great import. If human beings came into existence by a process of evolution, why do we universally ask these two questions? I believe that it is because we were created by the eternal God, and He placed in our hearts these two questions in order to turn us toward Him.
Again, these can be challenging questions, what's more, I submit that until you answer these questions, there will be unrest in your life. And conversely, once you do answer those two questions, you will find rest, or peace in your life. Once you can answer those two questions, you have deep inner peace. Life will make total sense, and provide joy and satisfaction rather than turmoil and distress.
Recognizing the gravity of these two questions, some people go to great lengths to answer them. They might travel the world, or study all kinds of different religions. Or they might spend years in higher education, and study astronomy or life sciences, hoping to find the answer.
And then some people work very hard to avoid dealing with those two questions. They might drink alcohol or take drugs to avoid dealing with them. Or they might look for the answer by looking in various different activities, outdoor sports, or music, or hobbies, or family, or extreme sports, and on, and on. Some people seeming "live for _______ ." You fill in the blank. Camping, travel, family, collecting guns, riding motorcycles, scuba diving, flying, etc. The list is endless, but none of those activities really provide meaning or purpose to our lives. They are just ways to keep you busy so that you don't have to think about the fact that you don't know why you are here, and you don't know what's going to happen to you when you die.
Some people do come to a point in their lives where they "bury" or are able to ignore these questions so that their life seemingly goes along merrily. But deep down, those questions are still there, and they still do not have real peace.
But if we were able to answer those two questions,
wouldn't that put everything in place in our lives? If we knew
why we are here, and where we are going when we die, it would (and does) make
everything right, complete, correct.
The good news is, the Bible answers those two questions. I'll save you a long read (though I encourage you to not take my word for it,
read the Bible for yourself).
Why Am I Here?
What's Going to Happen to Me
When I Die?