Life's Ultimate Questions
|Author:||Good News Publishers; Voddie Baucham Jr|
|Series:||Proclaiming the Gospel Ser.|
Life's Ultimate Questions
Every human being who has ever lived or will ever live has asked, is asking or will ask four basic questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is wrong with the world? and How can what is wrong be made right? While we may not say them, it is in the soul of every person to wrestle with these questions.
Allow me to answer these questions first from the perspective of our culture and then from the perspective of the Bible.
ANSWERS FROM OUR CULTURE
Who am I? You are an accident. You are a mistake. You are a glorified ape. You are the result of random evolutionary process. That's it. No rhyme. No reason. No purpose. This is the pathetic reality when evolution runs its full course. If the idea is carried to its logical conclusion, human beings have no value. You are ultimately nothing.
Why am I here? You are here to consume and enjoy. That's the only thing that matters. When the famous philanthropist John D. Rockefeller was asked, "How much money is enough?" he was as honest as any man has ever been. He responded, "Just a little bit more." Consume and enjoy--that's why you're here.
What is wrong with the world? People are either insufficiently educated or insufficiently governed. That's what's wrong with the world. People either don't know enough, or they're not being watched enough.
How can what is wrong be made right?
The solution is more education and more government. Teach people more stuff and give them more information. How do we combat AIDS? Through AIDS awareness. How do we combat racism? Anti-hate classes. What about the man who beats his wife? Anger-management classes. Just give people more information and everything will be fine.
The answers provided by our culture leave us wanting and empty. Let's now take a look at how God's Word, the Bible, answers these same questions.
ANSWERS FROM THE BIBLE
Who am I? You cannot figure out who you are until you first discover who Jesus Christ is. Jesus "is the image of the invisible God.... by him all things were created...all things were created through him and for him" (Colossians 1:15-16). He is the exact representation of God. He is the picture of God in human flesh. He is God on this earth. He is God with us, God among us.
The Bible says that I am created by God--in his image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). Not the result of random processes. The Bible says that whether I am tall and beautiful or small and not so handsome, whether my body functions perfectly or is severely deformed, I am the crowning glory of the creation of God, and as a result I have inherent dignity, worth, and value.
Why am I here? "All things were created through him and for him.... that in everything he might be preeminent" (Colossians 1:16b-18).The ultimate purpose of all things is to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ. That's why I exist. That is why you exist. And because of this, contrary to the view of our culture, the reason for my existence goes far beyond consumption and enjoyment.
What is wrong with the world?
I am. You are. Despite the fact that we are the crowning glory of the creation of God, created to live and bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ, we are instead hostile and disobedient toward the One by whom and for whom we were created. "All we like sheep have gone astra