“Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.” –Bertrand Russell, atheist.
No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love- 1Corinthians 13:12b (MSG)
Love means living the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: Live a life of love. – 2John 1:6 (NCV)
Life is daunting, often feeling real good and meaningless in-between cycles of intense pleasures and hard times. Riddled with tragedies, and what have you, it is a potpourri, never promising to be fair or not; full of unpredictable twists and turns, and never boring for the daring and courageous. Aside time, nothing else is equitably distributed by Life. And it ends in death-that unfair bastard often lurking around to snatch life in-between tragedies. Yet in all, it feels real good to be alive- don’t you feel good breathing in and reading this with hopes of learning something new and unique?
It is certainly a great period to be alive, with our flashy lifestyles, emerging electric cars, smart phones, computers, social media and daily technological innovations, it is indeed a great season to be alive as most that have the means to pad their status and lifestyle will opine. Yet in all this, we aren’t getting enough, it appears the more we have, the more we want. The more connected we are on social media, the more alienated we become inside. The bigger our ego gets from having likes, retweets, and followers; the more we feel empty inside. We want and have; yet it doesn’t fill our gnawing internal needs and inadequacies. Something we apparently can’t figure out appears to be missing.
In his book ‘the purpose driven life’, the author, Rick warren states that “Dr. Hugh Moorhead, a philosophy Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, once wrote to 250 of the best-known philosophers, scientists, writers, and intellectuals in the world, asking them, ‘What is the meaning of life?’ He then published their responses in a book. Some offered their best guesses, some admitted that they just made up a purpose for life, and others were honest enough to admit that they are clueless. In fact, a number of famous intellectuals asked Professor Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the purpose of life!”
Attempting to define life outside the divine ends often ends in tragedies. As most Engineers (which I happen to be one) acknowledge: designing is an intensive iterative process, so no good design comes about as an accident. The Universe is the best designed system we know of yet, so it is a product of divine creative design; and never an accident. We somewhat agree on its origin but never on its purpose, so the puzzle goes on. Life is a puzzle, with or without clues-depending on your circumstances, values and belief system. Living then, must be a mission to unravel this mysterious life-long puzzle. It is a lifelong quest, with few succeeding at it; one of the rewards for this quest, I believe is fulfilment and joy; queer intangibles in an era of materialism.
The Bible book of Ecclesiastes, the book of the Holy Scriptures authored by “the wisest man to ever live” ends with the words that: “here is my conclusion: Fear God and keep his commands, for this is the duty of every person. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” The foregoing appears tasking and impersonal in an era of self centeredness, and also daunting when for some like the Athenians, he is an “unknown God” but thank God for Jesus, who fulfilled the law when he said “if ye love me, keep my commandments.” And what were the commandments?
1.” Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and with your entire mind”
- “Love your neighbour as you love yourself-love one another. “
All the other commands are based on these two commandments. The second is often expressed in the form “do unto others as you want them to do unto you.” These laws transcend all religions. Given the ongoing inhumanity and wickedness in the world in the name of religion, the above commands appear practically vague.
But thank God for the Apostle. Paul who wrote by the power of the Holy Spirit that: “Love is Patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoice whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith and is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever.”
Life is more of a journey than a destination, likewise Love. Loving is a quest we have a lifetime to practise. Revise “Love” in the above paragraph with “I” and reread. Love is the person we must become on our dauntless journey of life.
I write not because I am perfect, or have already become Love, or because am a spiritual counsellor, but because “two are better than one, and a threefold cord isn’t easily broken.” Like Morpheus opined in the Matrix movie “it’s one thing to know the path and another altogether to walk the path.” The one that walks the path is the one that truly knows. Now we know the Love path, together we can help each other tread the path. I love you my readers. Tweet at me @udimobong let us paint life in the colours of Love and live forever.
Meditation: God grant me the grace to truly live, by spending time henceforth loving you and loving other people.