Christianity Johnson on 12 Dec 2008 12:00 am
In this article, Mark Gellman of “The God Squad” tackles the meaning of life for a woman who is obviously suffering from depression:
The woman asks, “What is real to me is seeing my father-in-law in that nursing home wasting away, watching my own father suffer with Alzheimer’s, watching the people around me growing old and dying. These things make no sense to me. What I can’t understand is why we’re here in the first place… What’s the point?”
You know that questions like yours about the meaning of life, questions about why good people suffer, questions about whether there is justice for the wicked, questions about life after death, or why people fall in love, or who put the bop in the bop-shuwop-shuwop, can’t be answered.
Can’t be answered? What an amazing cop-out. Gellman is completely wrong. To answer these questions, all that is needed is a clear look at the reality that is all around us.
Is there life after death? Of course not. This post addresses it as simply as possible by stating, “Why do we wonder where our mind goes when the body is dead? Shouldnâ€™t it be obvious that the mind is dead, too?” See also, When you die, you die
Is there justice for the wicked? Here on earth there is. It is called the justice system. Wicked people who are judged to have broken laws go to jail or prison.
Why do good people suffer? Because bad things happen to everyone at the same statistical rates. See Why do bad things happen to good people? for details.
What is the meaning of life? You give your life its meaning. See The meaning of life for details.
If you are looking for clear, unambiguous answers to Meaning-of-life questions, this free online book can help: