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How can we find meaning to life?

In Philosophy there are 4 basic questions which are: 1. What is true? 2. What is real? 3. What is the meaning of life? 4. What happens when we die? In past articles we have discussed three of the four but, in this article, we will take a look at the question, what is the meaning of life? In Greek philosophy the answer is to be found in asking questions which is known as the Socratic method. This is where it is said that “the unexamined life is not worth living”. In the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. In the Bible our Lord declared, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6). Inasmuch as He is “the life” this is where we find meaning for life i.e., in Him. As we read again, “I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). It is not just that we have everlasting life for the future but that we have an abundant life in the here and now. There is also the prayer in Ephesians 3:19, “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” This would leave us with the question as to how we might realize this life for ourselves. First, we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him Lord over our lives. He will then fill us up with the Holy Spirit. Second, we yield ourselves to that Holy Spirit within us. Third, we must study the Bible, this is the Word of God that will teach us about God and about life. Fourth, we commit ourselves to serving God and His people as well as giving the good news of everlasting life. Here, we find the meaning of life and a life that is abundant and will lead to everlasting life.

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