Realization of Truth (Parts 1 and 2)
Realization of Truth
Part 1 - The Beginning of Life
Imagine a time when nothing existed. If there was nothing, then only a vast region of dark, uninhabited space would exist. Could you imagine such a place without boundaries, without time, and, more importantly, without life or thought? With those circumstances, what would have caused the beginning of life and thought?
We should realize that something did not come from nothing. Therefore, something must exist that was not created. This is the foundation of truth.
What is something that was not created? We should realize that any original elements, whether created or not, could not create life. Therefore, we must conclude that a form of original life was not created. Are all forms of life uncreated? Are human beings immortal?
We human beings tend to believe that life itself somehow began, but we should conclude that life could not evolve from nothing. Neither could it evolve from inanimate elements or objects. We should also conclude that a form of life, who had no beginning, has the ability to create other forms of life. We should also conclude that, because creativity is attributed to life, all inanimate objects were created by forms of life.
Human beings are born, then undergo an aging process, and eventually die. If humans are immortal, then why do they go through this cycle of birth and death? The truth is that life is perpetuated from a creative cause, which is a form of life who was not created. This original form of life we call God; and by Him all other life is created.
Did the present forms of life evolve from different forms of life? Each form of life may have evolved within its own species, but God, the Creator of Life, created the prototype of each species.
How was the universe created? Many believe that the universe was created by a huge cosmic explosion. This is called the "Big Bang" theory. This explosion may have occurred; however, we must realize that the order in the universe indicates that its creation and development was not accidentally caused, but was and is controlled.
Suppose original elements were not created. Those elements could not, of their own accord, create life or cause the structure of the universe. The truth is that God not only creates life, He also controlled the elements that created the universe.
In summary, we should realize that if at one time nothing had existed, then nothing could be created. And if only elements had existed, those elements could not have created life. Therefore, we should conclude that life itself was not created. Human beings don't actually create life; therefore, we should conclude that an uncreated form of life has always created other forms of life. This form of life is God.
In addition, because creativity is attributed to life, we should realize that the structure of the universe indicates that it was created by a form of life. Therefore, God creates life and He also created the universe.
From the Bible:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
(Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 1)
And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
(Genesis, Chapter 2, Verse 7)
Realization of Truth
Part 2 - The Purpose of Life
What do you believe about the origin of life? That belief can influence certain choices you make that could determine your ultimate destiny. Are we the result of a cosmic accident? If that were true, we can only live until we die, and not know what happens after that. Human beings, however, are created by a superior being who creates all life. Because God created us, He must have a purpose for us.
What is the purpose of life? Are we born only to survive until death, and what happens to us after that? The answers can only be realized by first finding the source of truth. Then we can discover the truth about life's purpose. Everyone wants to be happy and the way of truth can lead to true happiness. Therefore, the purpose of life is to be happy by discovering the source of truth and following the way of truth.
We can find some truth in religion; however, because many false religions exist, we need to be cautious in our search for the true religion.
What is true happiness and why is it so difficult to attain? Sometimes you can be happy and then you react to something that seems to make you angry or sad. Do not believe that someone or something can control your emotions. If you seem to be affected in a negative way, you can change the way you react to people and things.
We must remember that virtually everything we do requires a choice. Simply put, we must choose to be happy. Look for the positive side of situations that develop in your life. Controlling your emotions will help you make the best of those situations, and help you solve problems.
Are problems the cause of unhappiness? We all have them, but people who are truly happy don't let problems control them. They look at them as challenges, not as threats to happiness. Certain problems can be obstacles in the way of reaching your goals; therefore, you must overcome those problems if you want to succeed. This can usually be done with a positive attitude, motivation, and hard work.
Setting goals and reaching them could enhance your happiness. Decide which goals you want to achieve. Then formulate a plan that will help you reach them. Then motivate yourself to put your plan into action. Finally, make a commitment to succeed; and remember, you fail only if you stop trying.
Although achieving goals is important, you should focus on the present moment if you want to live life to its fullest. You could think of your purpose in life as having three different aspects. First, and most important, is the purpose of the present moment. Now is when you should be doing something worthwhile for yourself and others.
Secondly, the past should be used to learn from your mistakes. Thirdly, the future should be used to envision your goals. We should realize that true living is not remembering or planning, but trying now to achieve something worthwhile.
As people live their lives, many are trying to make the right choices and searching for the truth. Many choose to be happy and have positive thoughts. They try to solve problems and achieve their goals. But at the end of the road is death. Why do we die, and what happens to us after that? God created us with a purpose, but did He intend for us to live only temporarily?
Certain choices we make extend our lives, and some choices shorten them. But even if you make all the right choices, your life will eventually end. Does that imply that you should live doing exactly what you want to do?
Most choices you make have either a positive or negative impact on your life. But because death is the final result, do your choices really matter? If death is temporary, would your choices affect what happens to you after you die? Whatever you accomplish in life would not matter as much if death is permanent.
People die because of their imperfection, and sometimes they make bad choices. Virtually everything you do requires a choice. Unfortunately, the world is filled with right and wrong actions, and often you are faced with a choice between the two. People choose to do wrong sometimes because they believe they will gain something as a result.
Many find it difficult to do the right thing because it usually requires a sacrifice. When people believe that gain is more important than sacrifice, and choose to do wrong, they create evil in the world.
People have a natural desire to be happy. That is our worldly purpose. However, a struggle between good and evil does exist, and each of us must choose to follow either the path of good or that of evil. What is at the end of those paths?
Even though everyone dies, each of us is on a spiritual path with a spiritual purpose. How can you be truly happy if you don't know what your spiritual purpose is? Where will you spend eternity? Your fate depends on the path you take.
You could just do what you want and not worry about death or what happens after that. Alternately, you could search for the truth about life after death. God does have a purpose for you, and a way for you to achieve that purpose. Hopefully, you will find the truth and the way to eternal happiness.
In summary, our beliefs influence certain choices we make. If we are here by accident, then we just live until we die. If you believe God created us, then you should believe that He has a purpose for you. Your purpose is to be happy and you can be if you know the truth. In addition, you must choose to be happy and not let people or circumstances control you.
You should not let problems interfere with your happiness. Think of problems as obstacles that you must overcome in order to reach your goals. This can usually be done with a positive attitude. Remember, you only fail when you stop trying.
Besides reaching goals, you should focus on the present moment in order to live life to its fullest. Learn from the past and plan for the future; but remember; true living is trying now to accomplish something worthwhile.
At the end of life's road is death. Does God intend for us to live temporarily? Your choices have either a positive or negative effect on your life. But because people die, do those choices really matter? If death is temporary, do our choices affect our life in the hereafter?
People are born imperfect, and they make bad choices. Often we are faced with a choice between right and wrong. Many choose to do wrong in order to gain something. Sometimes they find it difficult to do the right thing because it requires making a sacrifice. People choosing to do wrong create evil in the world.
Your worldly purpose is to be happy. But you must also choose between good and evil; therefore, you have a spiritual purpose. You cannot be truly happy if you don't know what that purpose is.
Your fate depends on the choices you make. You could just not worry about death and the hereafter, or you could search for the truth. Then, hopefully, you will find that God has a purpose for each of us, and a way to have eternal happiness.
From the Bible:
To everything there is a season; and a time for every purpose under heaven.
(Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, Verse 1)
Next in this series: Realization of Truth (Part 3 Curse of Evil)
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