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Why can't Christians just appreciate the experience of life without needing to attach an overarching meaning to it?

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  • 4 years ago

    We do! In fact, we find even greater meaning in life when we better understand God's will and purpose for mankind.

    Blessed with extraordinary wisdom, enormous wealth, and kingly authority, King Solomon of old was able to make a careful search of human pursuits, including the quest for riches and prominence. (Ecclesiastes 2:4-9; 4:4) Then, under divine inspiration, he summed up his findings, saying: “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man.” Those words outline the most rewarding and noble human endeavor.

    “Fear the true God.” The idea of fearing God might not seem appealing at first. But this fear is a healthy disposition of heart. We might think not of a slave who is terrified of enraging a harsh master but of a child who is eager to please a loving father. One reference work says that fear of God is the “attitude of reverence and awe that His people show to Him because they love Him and respect His power and His greatness.” Such an attitude moves us to submit to God’s will because we love him and we know that he loves us. This wholesome fear is not just a feeling; it is manifested by actions. How so?

    “Keep his commandments.” Fear of God moves us to obey him. It makes sense to give Jehovah our obedience. As our Maker, he knows the best way for us to live, just as a manufacturer knows the best way to use its product. In addition, Jehovah has our best interests at heart. He wants us to be happy, and his requirements are designed to promote our well-being. (Isaiah 48:17) The apostle John put it this way: “This is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3) Our obedience demonstrates our love for God, and his commandments reflect his love for us.

    “This is the whole obligation of man.” These words highlight an important reason to fear God and obey him. Doing so is our obligation, our duty. Jehovah is our Creator, so we owe our very life to him. (Psalm 36:9) We also owe him our obedience. When we live as he wants us to live, we are fulfilling our obligation.

    What, then, is the purpose of life? Put simply, it is this: We are here to do God’s will. There is no better way to fill your life with meaning. Why not find out more about Jehovah’s will and how you can bring your life into harmony with it? Jehovah’s Witnesses would be pleased to assist you.

    Source(s): jw.org
  • 4 years ago

    Being lead around by the nose is the only meaning they have in life.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    You mean like watching a movie without trying to understand it? But what you don't realize is that for intelligent people understanding the deeper messages and symbolism in the movie enhances enjoyment of the film and is the whole point of watching it. Same with life. Sitting back and mindlessly joining the rat race and not thinking deeper into any of it is rather boring and depressing. The pursuit of meaning enhances the experience of life for anyone who is not content to sit back and be a meaningless cog in a meaningless machine.

  • 4 years ago

    THEY WANT MONEY!

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Why can't atheists just appreciate the experience of life without needing to remove the overarching meaning to it?

  • 4 years ago

    How could it possibly be enjoyable to wake up at 6 everyday to get ready for your office cubicle job, work with numbers until your brain boils, come home to your ugly fūckin wife and fall asleep only to wake up and do the same shít. The weekend is just another routine to follow, if you're a blue collar, you work on those days too, if you're a white collar, then you sit on your āss watching tv until your mind walks out on you and leaves your brain to turn into mush. Then you fall asleep and do the same shít over and over again. How could you NOT want to imagine a place where you are happy all the time, whether you like it or not? How could you NOT want to imagine that you're going to a better place after living a meaningless life that benefitted absolutely nobody and knowing that your name will not go down in history and will eventually be forgotten? How could you NOT want to imagine going to a place where you will be reunited with people you used to know and care about? Not everyone's rich, not everyone can "appreciate the experience of life" like you can. There are Christians in the middle east who have lost their entire families, who wake up from nightmares, only to hear gunshots from radicals looking to kill them. Could you blame them for turning to stories of a better place where they can be with everyone they've lost and finally be free of the painful suffering they've endured?

  • 4 years ago

    Lol

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Seems to me that it would be difficult to enjoy a life that you are scared to death of.

    As long as life frightens them so, they will try to pretend it isn't real.

  • 4 years ago

    But it does have a purpose and meaning.....in Jesus Christ, alone.

    Colossians 1:16-17

    16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible,

    whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

    17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

  • 4 years ago

    I do not accept your premise.

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