Purpose and Meaning in Life, Part 1

Human life is saturated with too much purpose, meaning, and people-issues to be the mere product of material particles.  The philosophy of naturalism…that says that the laws of nature define the rational limits of what we can know for certain scientifically about reality…robs human experience of the elevated pursuit of a God-composed adventure of faith.  The Big Lie out in the world is that our plans based on autonomous self-rulership…apart from God…are better than God-composed journeys of faith after the biblical pattern.

This is arguably the most important issue for Spirit-born Christians today.  God’s plans for us are better than our own plans for ourselves, in terms of truth, purpose, and fulfillment…in this life and for all eternity.

The words of the Son of God…Jesus Christ…in a human body, in terms of purpose and direction in our lives is critical: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (Jn. 6:38).  God’s program for the Son of God was to pour out His life for us.  God’s program for each of us…to willingly pour out ourselves to God and to other people in some capacity…like the example of Jesus Christ…is the highest calling and the most satisfying fulfillment of purpose, meaning, and destiny imaginable.

On the African savanna plains, the reason that cheetahs utilize speed, lions use strength and teamwork, and leopards live and work out of trees, is that they have different programs…different body-plans and different life-scripts.  Cheetahs, lions, and leopards have shared characteristics that can be grouped together in a humanly devised classification system using the logical reasoning of comparing physical and lifestyle similarities.  But cheetahs, lions, and leopards are not all uniformly progressing and evolving toward the common goal of a functional top-speed of 90 mph in order to focus on catching as prey the fleet-footed Thompson’s gazelle.  The programs of these three large African mammals, classified together as “cats” in their taxonomic group, are uniquely distinct and fundamentally discontinuous in their brilliantly conceived life-scripts…pursuing different lifestyles while each occupying similar terrain in close proximity within the same ecological, territorial niche.

The same diversity of lifestyle programs can be observed for every living creature in the sea, on land, and in the air, and every tree and plant on the entire earth.  Each has a different body-plan and a different life-script.

This realization has enormous implications in our understanding of the natural world in terms of purpose, and it has enormous implications in our understanding of purpose in the world of human experience.

The idea that material particles alone could and would compose all of the varied life-script programs for all of the complex diversity of life…through the unguided self-assembly of variation and natural selection…is analogous to the arrival of a dictionary as the result of an explosion in a printing press…implausible and unrealistic.  Unguided self-assembly is unsatisfactory as an explanation for the uniquely distinct and highly complex body-plan life-scripts in the natural world.  Unguided, trial-and-error, progressive discovery in incremental steps over a long period of time is unsatisfactory as an explanation for the origin of biblical-quality journeys of faith…coming to us in the Bible, as in nature, as completely developed and fully functional wholes.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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