What is the purpose of our lives?

sanctus
#1
Fr. C.G. Vaillancourt

We have been created to know God, to love Him and to serve Him; so that we can merit to enjoy Him in eternal life.
Everything has a purpose in life. God created the Heavens and the earth to show us His Magnificence, His Power and Majesty and to draw our attention to Him the Creator, not to His Creation. Unfortunately we neglect God, turn away from His Presence and live most of our lives for ourselves only [2 Chronicles 29:6].
A hammer is designed to hit nails, a microphone is made so that we can speak into it. Now, imagine that you start hammering nails with a microphone or that you speak into the hammer? Ridiculous, funny, stupid or whatever you want to call it, it is simply wrong.
We have been created for the purpose of being drawn back into God, but when we separate from Him things go wrong in our lives. We start complaining because we don't find any purpose in life. If we were washing machines, there would be instructions on how to operate these machines and we would read them. If something went wrong, we would go to an approved washing machine mechanic in order to be fixed properly. Now since we are children of God, is it not appropriate that we come to Him whenever something goes wrong in our lives? But is it fair to come to Him only when we need Him? [Joel 2:12] Are we then supposed to have a better relationship with Him who has created us, who loves us, who cares for us and who is calling us for eternal joy in Him?
Praise and Worship

We are thankful to people here on earth because they are good to us and help us, people are instrumental in our lives for our happiness. Should we not begin to realise how much we owe God, how much He cares for us every instant, keeping us alive and giving us love through others?
We must contemplate the Majesty of God, we must praise Him for His works of creation, we must praise Him for His Power and Glory, we must praise Him for for Infinite Love and Mercy. [Psalm 146]
Praised be God the Father Almighty in His Supreme Power and Will, who by His divine design runs the universe.

Praised be Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of God, made flesh by whose Word everything has been created, who came to save us from death.

Praised be God the Holy Spirit, who sustains the universe by the Power of His Love, who has come to dwell in our hearts in order to make us know, love and serve Him.
Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning it is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
To worship God in a very profound act of praise and thanksgiving, is to love Him for what He is, to give ourselves totally to Him.
The seraphim, the highest hierarchy of angels are also called the burning ones because they burn continuously with love for God. In the book of Isaiah [Isaiah 6:3] they are seen as continuously worshipping God and they say : Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, Heaven and earth are full of His Glory.
It is as if by declaring the holiness of God, we can also become holy.
If we put our hands in water, we get wet; if we put them in fire we get burned, if we are in darkness and we come to the light, we can see. So if we come before the Presence of God in Praise and Worship, God reflects His Glory upon our souls and we experience a tremendous Peace in our hearts, we feel the joy of knowing that God is responding to our Love and we satisfy the yearning of our souls. As we come to God in our emptiness, He will replenish us with His riches, as we come to Him in our darkness, He will bathe us in His Light, as we come to Him in our sinfulness, He will cover us with His Grace. We never come back from God empty handed because He is Love and Love is continuously burning like a fire [ Hebrews 12:29] reaching out with its flames of purity and perfection.
Prayer, praise and worship lead us into contemplation of God, who is always knocking at our doors [Revelation 3:20]. There are many prayers to be prayed, but none as beautiful as the ones coming from our own spirit, since the Lord wants us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth [Romans 8:26-27]. We can also read the Psalms and sing songs of praise to God. As we respond to His call, our souls are beautified and made holy.
The greatest act of worship that we can do is to receive Jesus in the Sacrament of His Presence, the Holy Eucharist. There is no greater offering to God the Father than His Son, and this is our offering to God when we receive Jesus [Hebrews 13:15].
We can then worship His Presence within us as we become tabernacles of the divinity and by living in His Presence we are sanctified. We can also adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar as we yearn to possess Him within us.
We also worship Jesus as we meditate His passion during the Stations of the Cross, or as we pray the Holy Rosary which contains the complete life, death, resurrection and Glory of Jesus in the company of His mother.
What is our future after death?

We only die once, after death comes judgement [Hebrews 9:27], and may these words of God erase that theory of Re-incarnation for good.
Our future depends on our present. Just as people invest money, time and efforts into the things of the future, we must invest our short lives in preparation for that great eternal life. What is 60 or 80 years or more if the Lord gives us more time compared to eternity? It is not even like a grain of sand compared to the universe, because we don't even have the knowledge to understand and measure creation. Only God knows; but in humility we can just ponder and understand that we would be fools not knowing how to choose well between life and death [Deuteronomy 30:19].
Not that we really die when we die [John 12:24], because the spirit is immortal and if we have to face judgment, we must strive to live a holy life in order to avoid eternal condemnation.
[John 5:24] Amen, amen I say unto you, that he who hears my word, and believes him that sent me, has life everlasting; and comes not into judgment, but is passed from death to life.
Those who live by the Word of God are judged already, and Jesus did not come to the world to condemn but to save us [John 12:47] .
If we live and die in God, we will be raised in Him and we will live eternally in Him.
Let us despise the world for God's sake and live a holy life, not just for the rewards offered but because this is "God's call to be holy".
Blessed are those who put their trust in the Lord [Jeremiah 17:7]
 
Dalreg
#2
What is the purpose of our lives? To waste time read garbage like this.
 
sanctus
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by DalregView Post

What is the purpose of our lives? To waste time read garbage like this.


Number one--You were not forced to read it.

Number two-As to the content, what is your dialogue regarding its content?
 
RomSpaceKnight
#4
Without us the universe does not exist. It's like the old question "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear. Does it make a sound?" Does a universe exist if there is no intelligent lifeform to observe it?
 
talloola
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by sanctusView Post

Fr. C.G. Vaillancourt
We have been created to know God, to love Him and to serve Him; so that we can merit to enjoy Him in eternal life.
Everything has a purpose in life. God created the Heavens and the earth to show us His Magnificence, His Power and Majesty and to draw our attention to Him the Creator, not to His Creation. Unfortunately we neglect God, turn away from His Presence and live most of our lives for ourselves only [2 Chronicles 29:6].
A hammer is designed to hit nails, a microphone is made so that we can speak into it. Now, imagine that you start hammering nails with a microphone or that you speak into the hammer? Ridiculous, funny, stupid or whatever you want to call it, it is simply wrong.
We have been created for the purpose of being drawn back into God, but when we separate from Him things go wrong in our lives. We start complaining because we don't find any purpose in life. If we were washing machines, there would be instructions on how to operate these machines and we would read them. If something went wrong, we would go to an approved washing machine mechanic in order to be fixed properly. Now since we are children of God, is it not appropriate that we come to Him whenever something goes...

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there is no such thing as "eternal life", and all who believe that are just afraid to face the facts that,
like all the animals on earth, we re a product of the earth, through our parents, and we will die and
return to the earth, it is so simple, and real, but people who think life is eternal are so worried about
dying they make up silly stories and train themselves to actually believe they will never "really" die
but live on forever, don't be so selfish, accept the fact that we "die", it's OK, you can handle it, be
brave, don't live with a makebelieve story just to fool yourself, just die like the rest of us, and wish
your offspring a good life, and on it goes.
 
Dexter Sinister
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by sanctusView Post

Fr. C.G. Vaillancourt

We have been created to know God, to love Him and to serve Him; so that we can merit to enjoy Him in eternal life.

Aw geez... I have no idea what stuff like that means. It defies all logic I understand. If God's perfect, why would he create us to love and serve him? Why would he need that? And if he's not perfect, he's not worthy of unconditional love and service and worship, he's not God. This kind of argument goes right by me.
 
RomSpaceKnight
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter SinisterView Post

Aw geez... I have no idea what stuff like that means. It defies all logic I understand. If God's perfect, why would he create us to love and serve him? Why would he need that? And if he's not perfect, he's not worthy of unconditional love and service and worship, he's not God. This kind of argument goes right by me.

Everybody needs a cheering section at some point. Does god exists without believers? Can faith exists without the faithful?
 
gc
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by sanctusView Post

We have been created to know God, to love Him and to serve Him; so that we can merit to enjoy Him in eternal life.
Everything has a purpose in life. God created the Heavens and the earth to show us His Magnificence, His Power and Majesty and to draw our attention to Him the Creator, not to His Creation. Unfortunately we neglect God, turn away from His Presence and live most of our lives for ourselves only

If that is the case, then we should be asking "What is the purpose of God"?

If the only purpose for humans is in our relationship with God, then God Himself must have a higher purpose, otherwise humans have no purpose. So, what is the purpose of God?
 
selfactivated
#9
Quote:

What is the purpose of our lives?



To be tourchered by Christians, doctors, friends and family. THATS the purpose of life.
 
Dalreg
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by selfactivatedView Post



To be tourchered by Christians, doctors, friends and family. THATS the purpose of life.

Touched where?
 
Curiosity
#11
Oh Ya? Nobody told me there was a purpose .... Ya mean like "What's for Dinner" kinda importance?

I thought we were like goldfish all thrown into a big bowl and told to swim...
 
L Gilbert
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by RomSpaceKnightView Post

Without us the universe does not exist. It's like the old question "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear. Does it make a sound?" Does a universe exist if there is no intelligent lifeform to observe it?

Don't be silly.
 
L Gilbert
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by RomSpaceKnightView Post

Everybody needs a cheering section at some point. Does god exists without believers? Can faith exists without the faithful?

lol Question 1. Man made god in his own image, so the answer is no. Question 2. Obviously not.
 
L Gilbert
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by gcView Post

If that is the case, then we should be asking "What is the purpose of God"?

If the only purpose for humans is in our relationship with God, then God Himself must have a higher purpose, otherwise humans have no purpose. So, what is the purpose of God?

I think Albert Einstein said it best - "The desire for guidance, love, and support prompts men to form the social or moral conception of God." That is the purpose of god(s); to provide guidance, love, and support.
 
L Gilbert
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by selfactivatedView Post


To be tourchered by Christians, doctors, friends and family. THATS the purpose of life.

Nope. The purpose of life is to live it.
 
L Gilbert
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by DalregView Post

Touched where?

rofl
 
talloola
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

I think Albert Einstein said it best - "The desire for guidance, love, and support prompts men to form the social or moral conception of God." That is the purpose of god(s); to provide guidance, love, and support.

That is right, just a "conception" of god, or "anything" that they can cling to to give them the strength
to cope with life, as life is for the strong, not those who can't face the fact that we are all going to die
at some point, and we will fail at some things, and those people don't have the intestinal fortitude to
scrape and crawl their way back to normal, but if they create "in their own mind" a makebelieve entity
to talk to, and whine to and give that entity the responsibility of making them strong again, then they
can get themselves through their lives.
So they are actually creating their own "shrink" in their own minds, and if that works for them, then
so be it.

The rest of us realize that we have a great "brain", and the ability to "think" our way out of problems,
and struggle and succeed, and accept ourselves for who we are, and have the strength to make things
better, "ON OUR OWN", or with the help of our fellow man, without making up an imaginary "whatever"
to do it for us.
 
Sassylassie
#18
I believe in "Live everlasting" and my faith is strong and can't be shaken. The meaning of life and it's purpose to me is kindness, goodness and helping my fellow man/gal. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all through my days. Sorry Sanctus if I quoted that wrong? I can't articulate "Faith" because if you don't have it you won't understand it.
 
gc
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by RomSpaceKnightView Post

Without us the universe does not exist. It's like the old question "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear. Does it make a sound?" Does a universe exist if there is no intelligent lifeform to observe it?

Yes. The mere existance of the Universe does not depend on humans existing. The reason that sound does not exist without any life forms around to hear it is because sound is the brain's interpretation of sound waves. Thus, no brain = no sound. And no brain = no life forms. The sound waves still exist though, so if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, it does make sound waves (but not sound). If there are no humans, the Universe still exists.
 
gc
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

I think Albert Einstein said it best - "The desire for guidance, love, and support prompts men to form the social or moral conception of God." That is the purpose of god(s); to provide guidance, love, and support.

That is probably true. However, it contradicts the idea that the purpose of humans is to serve/love God. You can't say that the purpose of humans is to serve God and that the purpose of God is to serve humans, it's a cyclical argument.
 
china
#21
Sassylassie
Holy Advisor
I can't articulate "Faith" because if you don't have it you won't understand it.

You are truly a "Holy Advisor" Sassylassie .
 
sanctus
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by RomSpaceKnightView Post

Without us the universe does not exist. It's like the old question "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear. Does it make a sound?" Does a universe exist if there is no intelligent lifeform to observe it?


That is a standard response, but perhaps based somewhat on arrogance that We, as humans, are actually the centre of all. What if the tree falls and God hears it? Who are we to claim it is not heard because we did not actually hear it?
 
sanctus
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by gcView Post

If that is the case, then we should be asking "What is the purpose of God"?

If the only purpose for humans is in our relationship with God, then God Himself must have a higher purpose, otherwise humans have no purpose. So, what is the purpose of God?


Are we qualified to ask such a question? In other words, who are we as the created to question the purposes of the Creator?
 
sanctus
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by selfactivatedView Post


To be tourchered by Christians, doctors, friends and family. THATS the purpose of life.


To be "what"???
 
gc
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by sanctusView Post

Are we qualified to ask such a question? In other words, who are we as the created to question the purposes of the Creator?

Why not? What's wrong with philosophizing about the purpose of there being a God? I wonder if God knows what the purpose of him existing is?

It seems odd that God would have a higher purpose than himself. So, the logical conclusion that I would come to is that the original stament is false. That is to say, the purpose of humans is not God.
 
s_lone
#26
The purpose of our lives may be to discover it...
 
sanctus
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by gcView Post

Why not? What's wrong with philosophizing about the purpose of there being a God? I wonder if God knows what the purpose of him existing is?

It seems odd that God would have a higher purpose than himself. So, the logical conclusion that I would come to is that the original stament is false. That is to say, the purpose of humans is not God.


Nothing wrong with it, as long as we realize the answer will always lie above and beyond our abilities to undertand an omnipotent God.
 
L Gilbert
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by SassylassieView Post

I can't articulate "Faith" because if you don't have it you won't understand it.

Sorry, hun, but I keep hearing all kinds of people claiming to speak for their god and then a minute later say that god is unknowable or god moves in mysterious ways or some other such thing. I find a bit of contradiction there.
As far as I've been able to comprehend "faith" is simply confidence. Anyway, I'm glad that people have their "faith". I, too, have my needs, but they are a lot simpler and quite easy to understand.
Last edited by L Gilbert; Dec 13th, 2006 at 02:05 AM..
 
L Gilbert
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by gcView Post

That is probably true. However, it contradicts the idea that the purpose of humans is to serve/love God. You can't say that the purpose of humans is to serve God and that the purpose of God is to serve humans, it's a cyclical argument.

And ........ ? BTW, I don't say the purpose of people is to seve god(s), I think they just think they need to. And they also think that their god is simply around just for them. (They're quite right in that, because they wouldn't have invented him otherwise). There are lots of contradictions involved with "god". For instance, he is supposed to be a god of love and other nifty things. Well, isn't he also a god of nasty things, too? A god of love who also commits mass murder just because he can't get his own way? Just like people, fulla components that contradict other components. Now there's a shocker, god seems to be like homo sapiens ........ or is it vice versa?

(Sorry, guys, I only use "he", "him", etc. because it's a lot easier than typing "he/she/it". )
 
talloola
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by SassylassieView Post

I believe in "Live everlasting" and my faith is strong and can't be shaken. The meaning of life and it's purpose to me is kindness, goodness and helping my fellow man/gal. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all through my days. Sorry Sanctus if I quoted that wrong? I can't articulate "Faith" because if you don't have it you won't understand it.


I believe in faith too, but it has nothing to do with god/religion, but it is strong, and I believe and
have faith in those around me, and myself and my earth, it is a very religious feeling, but not in the
stereo typical way, I am far too realistic for "that", I would be dissapointed in myself if I began to
try to obey something that is mythical, that's for the movies and makebelieve.
 

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