“…while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
If we are, as secular Darwinists say, “a random collocation of atoms,” the mere result of matter plus chance plus time, then there can be no overarching meaning to life. We are here merely as the survivors in the age-long battle of the fittest called “natural selection.” If the materialist is right, there is no soul to speak of; just the synapses that fire away in our brains, giving us the ability to satisfy our physical appetites and survive in the hostile world of our competitors. If the naturalist worldview, which drives the secularization of our society, is right, then morality is indeed a passé notion and meaningless in any real sense of the word.
If the material universe is all there is, all notions of a transcendent reality, including God, eternity, and meaning, are merely the constructs of finite creatures whose ability to even imagine such things is merely the most recent development of a mindless, unguided evolutionary process. This is the bleak reality of the atheist who makes himself the sum of all things, denying the possibility of a Creator Who designed His creation with intent and created man for His purposes.
There is only one problem with this worldview. It’s all hogwash. In fact, it’s even downright unscientific. So much so, it’s almost comical when one takes even a cursory glance at the evidence with an honest and open mind. Even many naturalists today, who have not yet capitulated to the idea of an intelligent “Agent” creating the world, will admit that there is growing evidence that the “God hypothesis” is gaining ground.
Evidence for this abounds, from the relatively recently revealed complexity of the cell, to what is known as the “fine tuning” of the universe, also known as the Anthropic Principle, which reveals that our universe seems to have been designed to an amazingly narrow set of specifications so as to support life on our planet. Then there is the Cambrian Explosion and the fossil record, both of which defy and disprove Darwin’s theory of gradual mutation over time. Then there is the revelation of the information-carrying properties of the DNA molecule, which carries the genetic code that tells amino acids how to form to create the right kinds of proteins to build the body’s numerous systems and structures. In short, God has His signature of design all over His creation, as the scriptures bear witness:
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…” (Romans 1:20)
God indeed is the Transcendent, First Cause of our universe, the Author and Creator of life, and the One who knows the number of the very hairs of your head. However, knowing that there is a God and responding appropriately to that knowledge are two very different things. And, make no mistake, such knowledge demands a response, for this God is not some impersonal force or consciousness. He is a personal God with a very specific plan and purpose for mankind. More to the point, He has a purpose for your life and mine.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
While we live in a natural world, subject to time and space, God, who lives outside of these constraints, saw us from eternity past and called us to be a part of His eternal purpose. In fact, the Bible says that God determined the very time and place in which we would be born that we might reach out and find Him (see Acts 17:26). What the specific details of God’s plan for each of us may be will vary from person to person, depending on the gifts and calling that God has given each one (see Ephesians 4:7), but there are some things common to God’s call on each of us.
God wants us to know Him. Though alienated from our Creator through sin, God made a way through Christ by which we might be reconciled to Him and become a part of His family. He sent His Son to die and pay the penalty for our sins that we might know Him and find true meaning in His purpose for our lives.
God wants us to know His purpose for our life. God has invested some measure of His divine ability in each of us (see 1 Peter 4:10-11) in order that we might make our own signature contribution in the earth for His glory. It’s in the pursuit and fulfillment of this purpose that our search for meaning is fulfilled.
God wants us to discover true meaning and fulfillment. So many have attached their happiness and sense of meaning to the visible, temporal things of this passing world. Relationships, a lucrative career, material success, and fame were supposed to give meaning to life, and yet the long list of suicides committed by those who were perceived to “have it all” show that true meaning cannot come from those things attached to this temporal world. Rather, true, lasting meaning is in finding and fulfilling God’s purpose for one’s life. As Augustine said, “Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”
Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). This life is only found in Jesus, the Son of God. It is through Him and Him alone that you will discover true meaning and the life of significance and fulfillment that you were quite literally made to live. I encourage you to say “Yes” to Jesus. Say “Yes” to Him, His gift of salvation, and His purpose for your life. It will give you more than mere meaning for the moment. It will be a well of life that will never run dry.