Yet at the same time:
- Everyone who lives knows fundamentally, with conviction, that something is wrong with the world. Why do we believe that? If “this” is all there is, why do we suppose things ought to be any different? Why do we humans, uniquely among the organisms on the planet, refuse to accept as natural the “natural order” of cruelty and unjustness and “might makes right” that exists in the world? If nature is all that exists, how can we describe anything, ever, as being “unnatural” or “unfair”?
- Human societies universally express belief in a spiritual world. Why is the human race so doggedly convinced there is something else to reality beyond what we see and experience? Why is the search for God, for something higher, so deeply ingrained in the human mind?
- Every person instinctively attempts to ascribe meaning to their life, both to what they do and to what happens to them. Why is this? What lamb ever asked the lion why it was devouring her, or pondered the purpose of eating grass? Why do we suppose anything has any meaning or purpose at all, if “this” is all there is?
- Secular humanism – a world without God – has no answer.
C.S. Lewis said it this way: “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. ‘Dark’ would be without meaning.”
Christianity says, yes: there is an objective purpose for the universe and for your life. You are invited to reach out to it and know it for yourself. The answer is not “in” you, nor can you create it for yourself, for it is far bigger and more real than you. Certainly it is nowhere to be found in a materialistic universe. Rather, it is found in a Person – a King, if you will – who exclusively claims your life as belonging to him. He declares for all the world to hear, “You are mine!” How, then, will you answer him? “Yes Lord, I am yours. Glory to God, all glory to him, praise to him forever and ever, because I am yours.” Or, “No, thank you. I belong to myself, I live for myself, I decide my own destiny. Leave me be, for I am just fine deciding the purpose of my life on my own.”
By nature we look for meaning. We seek it out with zeal. The gospel alone gives a meaning, an answer, which satisfies. You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore know the infinite God – live before him forever – glorify him by being satisfied in him. Truly, there is nothing better, there can be nothing greater, than this.