If God Wasn’t Real Part 2 (A Life With No Purpose)
The second in a series of sermons. If God wasn’t real, what would be our purpose? Does that mean life is completely random and therefore meaningless?
My key verse:
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven – Ecclesiastes 3:1
This week’s sermon continues our discussion that we began last week – If God Wasn’t Real. Last week we looked at a world that would be in complete darkness if God was not real; we concluded that the world would be completely dark both morally and spiritually. However we know that true Light did come to this world and revealed the truth of this world. That true Light, Jesus Christ, revealed a way that we can overcome this world. In Jesus we see that God is indeed real because this world is not in utter darkness. We’re going to keep looking into this concept of “if God wasn’t real”.
This series of sermons is certainly needed in our world today. These sermons are to prove that the concept and idea that there is no God is a misconception. What many people fail to understand is that this misconception is actually brought on through the spiritual realm. Happening right before our eyes is a spiritual warfare being waged by Satan against God. Satan, the deceiver of all of mankind, has been building God out as a liar since the beginning of our time. Satan has continuously deceived man, through their spirit, by trying to build God out as a liar. The Devil tries to place the seeds of doubt in God into the hearts of man, and has deceived many people with those seeds. This is why these sermons are needed because man no longer needs to be deceived by Satan.
If God was not real, where would we be? The mere fact that Satan has the capability of placing seeds of doubt in man’s heart testifies to the fact that we have a soul and spirit. It is in our spirit, what we choose to believe in our heart, that gives us our drive and our purpose for living. With no soul, with no spirit (both of which we received through God), and with no purpose, what would drive man? We move on what we believe but without a soul there would be no belief in our heart. We would be no different than animals, or those zombies that we like to look at on our favorite TV show.
Man has always been driven. Over centuries and millennia we have looked up to the heavens (that is space) and we have wondered what else is out there; we want to travel to the stars – man wants to do great things. Do we feel that we push ourselves without our soul and spirit? Some people are unaware of just how driven they are by what they feel in their heart. You see man has a purpose thoughdeep down we may not understand the full meaning of that purpose, but it is that something deep down on the inside that drives us and gives us purpose?
What’s the meaning of life?
Our purpose always goes back to the question, why are we here? To know that God is indeed real, we will take a moment to visit King Solomon and his studies. You see, Solomon actually attempted and experimented with trying to live life as if God did not exist. Solomon wanted to see if he could find a purpose and meaning to life if God was not in the picture. When you read the book of Ecclesiastes you will see that Solomon experimented through studying science, and studying nature (the works of nature – this world). Solomon would then move on to studying and seeking out pleasures and folly but that didn’t seem to provide the answer he was looking for. After trying to find the meaning and purpose of life through science, nature, pleasures, and folly he moved on to gaining wealth, riches, and being a good person. After all of the experiments he couldn’t seem to find happiness nor could he find an answer to the question of life, but he was able to come to one important conclusion.
Solomon concluded that he could not find happiness with science, nature, pleasure, folly, wealth, riches, or even by being a good person if God was not involved. Solomon concluded that all of it was vanity (meaningless). The joy and happiness was only temporary and in no way did it satisfy him deep down on the inside. His outlook on living a life without God became very bleak. He determined that all of the work that he would do would end up being meaningless because he’d never complete the work and it would one day pass as he would. Solomon concluded that he would die and life would go on without him ever really profiting anything out of it. Solomon tells us that there is no meaning in life if life itself was without God.
Do you feel that this life is meaningless? Is there no purpose in this life? Are we all here at random? If you tell me that God isn’t real, that there is no Creator then that means all of this randomly exists. Are we all really alive at random or is there a purpose for our being? There is absolutely no way we’re all here at random; there is no way that our existence has no meaning or purpose. No matter what you believe in, whether you believe in God or not, we all have that feeling that there is more to life.
There is a purpose to life
I believe most people will tell you that there is a purpose in this life; we may not understand what that purpose is but deep down inside we feel there is a purpose to the life we live. Ultimately Solomon concludes that there is a purpose to everything under the heaven. When Solomon says under the heaven he is making reference to the heaven that is God’s domain (all of what God created). Solomon literally tells us that there is a reason and purpose that God created this universe and everything within it (including us). Look at what he says in the third chapter –
A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:2-8
There’s a reason why we go to school and go to work; we understand those reasons. We want to live comfortably and to do so we must work – if we get a good education there’s a good chance we can make that happen. However, we struggle to understand the reason why some people act the way they do, and why others choose to act the way they do. There’s a reason why my dog barks; sometimes he barks to get my attention and other times he’s barking at something to run it off or warn me. There are other actions that my dog takes that I can’t quite understand – it’s a mystery to me. Our world is full of all kind of mysteries that we don’t quite understand, but we are able to form theories about some of these theories. One mystery I have been trying to solve for many years is what purpose do gnats serve? I know that they bug me but God created those pests for a reason I can’t quite understand! There is a reason, purpose, and explanation for everything in this world – that which we can and that which we can’t see.
What many of us fail to realize is that which proves God is certainly real – our soul. Our soul dwells inside of us, it is that gut instinct, that “deep down on the inside feeling” that makes us who we are. Everybody is driven through what they feel and believe deep down in their soul; when I say everybody I mean absolutely everybody walking this earth. The decision that you choose to make comes through what you believe in your heart (soul). We are all so spiritually driven (be it good or bad) that it is hard to ignore.
Deep down we feel that there is a mystery to life which is why many folks spend a lifetime seeking answers to solve the mystery of life. Some of our spirits were satisfied with the truth that Jesus gave to this world. Our soul was seeking an answer that would satisfy it permanently and what Jesus had fed us absolutely satisfied our souls. There are many others out there whose soul they won’t allow to be satisfied because they feel the answer of God is just too simple for this complex life. These people look up to the stars, they see the Lord’s great creation, and they figure that the answer to the mystery has to be far more complicated; they believe it deep down in their soul. At the same time, while some are busy searching for their complicated answer there are many others who are confused or choose not to believe. Deep down in their soul they have allowed the deceiver to twist them and sew seeds of doubt in their heart; some of them feel deep down that they are so bad that there is no saving them. We are a spiritually driven people, even those who doubt in the spiritual realm, and there is a reason and purpose for that.
We want to know it all
Our spirit drives us to know more; it tells us there is more out there. This “instinct”, that gut feeling, has given some the purpose to hunt for life elsewhere. Why? Because their spirit is telling that there is more to this bubble that we live in. I have to tell you this, there is more to this life; there is also life elsewhere and that life is in the spiritual realm. God is alive and well; God has creatures (angels, seraphim, etc) that are a part of the heavenly kingdom that are also alive. It is our connection to that realm through our spirit that lets us know that life goes beyond just this world – it is why people are so adamant about life. You ever look at an artist’s masterpiece and wonder how they have an eye for creating such beautiful work? There are people who can paint a world that they see through their soul, and they share such wonderful works with us. There are others who are able to create smells and tastes that we can’t even imagine. Then there are those who are driven to try and bring about peace in this world.
Everybody has an idea about what peace is, but many will go about trying to establish peace in different ways. Most of us will conclude that peace is a place in which there is no evil; a place where you don’t live in fear of anything; a place of happiness and joy. How can we know of such a place and why are so determined to have that kind of place here on earth? Through our soul we know that heaven is out there because our soul has given us that feeling of a place of peace – we just know that place is real! We are dreamers. We are creators. We are created in our Father’s image even if you may not realize this fact.
God was driven with a purpose to create all of this – all of what we see and can’t see. When God created man He created us in His image and in His likeness (we have a lot of our Father’s traits). We are driven with a passion and purpose to try and do all kinds of things that simply wouldn’t make sense for us to do if there was no God. Deep down on the inside we can all feel that there is more to this world; that we as a people can be more, do more, and be greater. Some will try to ignore their soul because their soul will also let them know that there is a consequence to the life they are living. Some would rather bury their heads in the sand or continue to be deceived when their soul is telling them that something is not quite right with what they believe. I challenge anybody to tell me that there is not more to this life. I challenge anybody to tell me that life is not a mystery.
They mystery of life is actually a God-given task was given to man. Solomon said this –
I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:10-11
Man wants to know everything and ultimately that leads us to wanting to know what God knows. Deep down on the inside, the mystery itself begins and ends with God. This is why people want to know whether or not God is real. This is what drives people to seeking and searching for answers because deep down on the inside all of us know that this existence is not random. How could life exist without God? Man feels that there are secrets to this existence that they don’t know about, and it is that eternity in which God has put into the hearts of man. Here’s the kicker… no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end! That drives man crazy because man wants to know it all, and this is how we know that God is indeed real. Do you really think that we are capable of coming up with all of this on our own? I’m sorry but we are not.
God is real because we can sense deep down on the inside of us that God is indeed out there. God is not simply an answer to what happens to us after we die. Many will tell you that “religion” is all about what happens to us after we die but that could not be any further from the truth. Man has understood since the beginning that there is a reason he exists – there is a purpose as to why you exist. If God wasn’t real, we would have no comprehension of this as there would be nothing on the inside giving us a clue that God is out there.
Don’t believe me? Quiet your thoughts for one minute and look deep down on the inside, and then ask the Lord to come to you and reveal Himself to you. Seek the Lord out, in your soul, and you will find Him.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
Don’t bury your head in the sand and ignore that blatantly obvious about this life – God is real. You can be forgiven for who you are, the things you have done – all of those wrongs you feel you have committed. Ultimately, we are all seeking forgiveness and want to be forgiven for who we are. The only one that can grant us forgiveness is Jesus Christ and it is through faith in Him that you can be forgiven. I can’t forgive you, but Jesus Christ certainly will forgive you if you believe in Him. Your soul will finally find that happiness that it is desperately searching for, and you will then be driven with a new heart, a new love, and a new purpose – a purpose of sharing knowledge about the gift of peace (forgiveness of sin).