What On Earth Am I Here For?

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  1. Iamsam profile image68
    Iamsamposted 10 years ago

    What On Earth Am I Here For?

  2. Tusitala Tom profile image63
    Tusitala Tomposted 10 years ago

    Hi, lamsam.   I did type a nice long answer to this but for some reason it wouldn't register.   Must have meant ' not to reach you.'   So I'll try again with a much, much shorter answer.   

    I am at present reading Neale Donald Walsch's best seller, Conversations with God Book One, the first of a trilogy on that subject for the 5th time.   It's very readable, will probably answer the question you ask in a way that you can understand it, and isn't some religious treatise meant to tell you what you should or should not believe.   

    I recommend it.

    1. sleepylog profile image61
      sleepylogposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I found Conversations with God somewhat confusing and self-contradictory at times. I don't think I made it past the third chapter.

  3. pradiiphira profile image60
    pradiiphiraposted 10 years ago

    you can find your answer in BHAGVAD GITA [Classics of Indian Spirituality]

    just read once you can find all your answers there


  4. sleepylog profile image61
    sleepylogposted 10 years ago

    I wrote a hub called 'Why does God allow bad things to happen.' you might want to read it. Don't worry it's not preachy and it doesn't tell you that you need to go to church or read the Bible. In fact I don't do either of those things. I only refer to God as God for a lack of a better word. To me God is more of a universal source of consciousness.

  5. Jaaskov profile image62
    Jaaskovposted 10 years ago

    I ask myself this question every single day. I think it's probably something that everybody asks themselves. Some days it seems as though I'm here for no reason at all. Sometimes it's as if I'm just simply existing, and nothing more. Other days I feel as though I'm here for a reason -- a purpose. It's a timeless question that may never truly be answered. Many people find answers in religion. I don't think it's that easy. I personally believe that our search for why we're here is what makes us great. It's the quest to attain the seemingly unattainable answers. Even those who believe in God have to find their own meaning in it. I've come to terms with the fact that I'm not going to be able to answer this question, but that doesn't mean I'll stop trying.

  6. studentsage profile image60
    studentsageposted 10 years ago

    I think every person has the potential to be a millionaire, or a genius, or whatever, and it's people that ask questions like this that are the most eager to become whatever they're set out to be.

    Obviously, I'm not going t tell you exactly what you're here for and predict your life, but... I just feel like, if you examine what your good qualities are, and what you love to do, you'll usually find some crossover. When you find the thing that you have some skill at, and like to do, I think that's the start of your answer.

    Most of all, answering this question might be hard without trying to work for the answer. Keep trying new things and don't worry if you give up on something or if it doesn't seem like it's your reason for being here. Find new hobbies and interests until you find the thing that you love. Hopefully it will make you happy and might make a difference in someone else's life as well.

  7. profile image0
    Larry Wallposted 10 years ago

    I nearly died 12 years ago following a perforated colon and emergency surgery. I did live--obviously. While at the doctor's office for a follow-up  check up, I thanked him for all, he did. He said,"Don't thank me. Someone is not through with you yet."

    I believe every person has a purpose here on earth. We may never realize what that purpose is. It could be as important as finding a cure for a disease or seemingly unimportant as keeping a person from stepping in front of a car--who some day may be the great-great-grandmother of the person who invents the vaccine that will prevent all forms of cancer. We all have a purpose, but we will probably never know what it is--at least least not in our lifetime on earth.

    1. OutWest profile image56
      OutWestposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that we may not know our purpose in this lifetime.  But I do believe we were all created for a reason.

    2. Useray profile image74
      Userayposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Good comment Larry, nice analogy as well. I have to agree we are all here for a purpose.
      My personal take on it, I try to differentiate between passion and purpose, eg - my passion is music, my purpose is to provide for my family..i follow purpose.

  8. shivanchirakkal10 profile image57
    shivanchirakkal10posted 10 years ago

    dear lamsam,
    You are here on earth is may be to ask  this question! And we, the people answering, is here on earth is to answer your question. I think you got the meaning. Every human being, every living think have its own purpose or say a role in this earth. As human being, we are very busy with so many 'own' work. From the shape of infant child to the shape of old age, we all performing our part. When our end we all return back. It is an universal law.
    So, do your 'Karma" without any hesitation.
    For that you and I are born in this earth.

  9. Brandon Tart profile image60
    Brandon Tartposted 10 years ago

    We are here to grow and outgrow.  Capitalism and Consumerism have sank their teeth into us so deeply that it appears that life has become about mirroring something that society has created - if we don't measure up, we feel like we're not living it right.

    I see a lot of Biblical commentary below, and I can't help but to resort to something overlooked in Hebrews.  Whoever the author of Hebrews was, whether Paul, or a Jewish Christian who needed to steer a Jewish Church back to the idea of Salvation by grace through faith, is of no consequence.  But the author said that Abraham and other Old Testament people were the variety for whom the world was undeserving - that they did not belong here - the world was unfit for them -- NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

    Why we are here is to grow, and grow wise.  Lovingkindness and tender compassion is the hallmark of life.  Ego, believe it or not, is allowed!  Not egotism, but being an EGO is so vital that if one thinks that dismantling it will help you achieve something higher than life, they're mistaken. 

    We need to learn how to foster a healthy ego, maintain a necessary amount of pride, or be walked over throughout life.  In fact, the great EGO is Christ. Sure, he humbled himself, but he was not wimpy dude.

    Christianity is the "rub" and the Bible certainly has the answers, but you can't avoid identifying with the world as an individual to live in its words without understanding that a "Godly life" is a reasonable life.  I've said it before - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  "Word" comes from the Greek - LOGOS, or "Logic."  Logic leads us to reason, and without Logic, we're doomed.  If one sits in repose to reason, then he is engaged in contemplation.  The etymology of "contemplation" is not just thinking per se, but means to think about GOD.  If God is Logic, as St. John said, then we are most like Him when we are rational, reasonable beings. 

    Don't let the world decide for you with what society says is important, and don't let traditional Bible teachers get you sidetracked from thinking that Jesus wasn't a trip to hang around.  He was the Word that became flesh...imagine what it would be like to sit in the presence of PURE REASON, and then model your judgments after what Christ certainly must have been - reasonable!  We're here to reason, so we are also here to God... Here to Reason. 

    When one reasons through life, it is God with him/her, and they'll find the "Way!"

    1. Sojourner1234 profile image68
      Sojourner1234posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      This is the best "Way" to go through life... it's the "Way" to go through life, and is the reason for it. Good comment contribution!

  10. jennshealthstore profile image83
    jennshealthstoreposted 10 years ago

    I truly do believe that we all have a reason to be here. And I also believe we can sometimes know what that purpose is. We may not have all the answers at all times, but life is like a puzzle, full of lessons and pieces that fit together.

  11. Sojourner1234 profile image68
    Sojourner1234posted 10 years ago

    This question begs another question. How did you get here? Not just with the answer: circumstances or by decisions made. I mean, how did we all get here? How did life begin and who or what started it?
    When you understand the beginning, then life makes more sense. The reason this is true is that you can determine what life is about and even what you are here for. If you come to a conclusion of having no god in the picture, then perhaps you might think that you are here to contribute to society and spend time with family & friends until you are no more. Or you could pick a religion at random and try to make it fit the puzzle of life until you accept it as your reason for being.
    The truth is there is a reality, and though people might want to pretend everyone can be right it is not possible. There is either is a god or there is not; there either is some greater good for living or there is not.
    This is not at all depressing because I believe there is a god; it’s not just that I believe it, this conclusion seems to best fit the evidence. It fits even the basic moral realization that we have a conscience that helps us determine right & wrong; someone put it there. We have a set of instructions, blueprints, called DNA that has information. Information only comes from an intelligent source; someone put it there.
    How can someone know this is true, and how do we know which god or religion to choose? Might I suggest researching the evidence. It’s a pretty important issue and might have your future (& eternity) weighing in the balance. It’s at least worth looking into seriously.
    Might I also suggest that you look into a specific Theistic perspective. Why not study the person and life of Jesus Christ? If you can disprove that He is who He claimed to be then check the religion of Christianity off your list and move on. If He did not come and die for the world, to save it, and did not raise from the dead, then He must have been a liar or madman.
    If however, you find that He is Who He says He is then perhaps a new journey of life can soon begin. Just knowing He is God’s Son doesn’t just change your life… but knowing it and living it. When you live it, in a relationship with Jesus, allowing Him to help you in life and teach you about Himself I promise that you will know what you are here for.

    1. Brandon Tart profile image60
      Brandon Tartposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      All true. As you commented@ me, I must say the same. Jesus IS the "reason" for being. As Father, The cause, as the reason, defined through the Son. The only "reasonable" means - The Prima Causa. Marked up!  Good answer!

  12. cianeko profile image88
    cianekoposted 10 years ago

    You are here to live your life to the best that you can no matter how difficult life is to you. You are especially created. Therefore, you have a special purpose that you will shortly discover if you are willing to take the courage of finding them out.

  13. phillippeengel profile image80
    phillippeengelposted 10 years ago

    You are here to do good, to be benevolent, to be genial, and to eschew from doing unscrupulous acts, without being a sanctimonious hypocrite. You are to bring peace, and not discord. You are here to make useful breakthroughs, and not disseminate spiteful thoughts and messages. You are here to respect people, and not to hurt them. Since time immemorial, life begins with nothing, and our surroundings shape the way we are now.

  14. Seek-n-Find profile image70
    Seek-n-Findposted 10 years ago

    Though our time on this earth is temporary, I believe it is for an eternal purpose and that we are even now in eternity--its just that we are at the very beginning.  What we do and learn and how we relate to people--especially how we love--echos into eternity.  We are here for relationship.  Relationship with God and relationship with others.  We are here to learn and grow and be shaped into the person we were always meant to become.  Kind of like a hero who at the beginning of the movie has no idea that an adventure awaits and does not know he is a hero.  But then as he gets caught up in an adventure and experiences highs, lows, and upside downs, he learns about himself, about others, and ultimately that his life is about something bigger.  By the end of the journey he looks back in awe at what he was capable of but also realizes he couldn't have done it without the others who somehow became a part of that journey too.  This life is a discovery on purpose and purpose is found in realizing that you were created to be a part of God's family, co-reigning with Jesus now and in the Kingdom to come.  When He created you, He knew exactly what for.  Relationship with him holds the answer to the question you seek!

  15. James-wolve profile image77
    James-wolveposted 10 years ago

    I am here to worship the  One True Almighty God of the Universe on Terms and under His Conditions.My religion teaches me that this life is only a test or trial for the individual to show him his true nature, it is only natural that he would accept death as not so much an ending to everything but more as a beginning of the final and lasting life in the Hereafter.

  16. CrescentSkies profile image65
    CrescentSkiesposted 10 years ago


    If I had to guess I'd say boredom.

  17. bituinolayquizano profile image60
    bituinolayquizanoposted 10 years ago

    All life has different purpose in this world its only within our heart to find out.Just live life in accordance of a good moral then you will soon find out what is your purpose in this life.As for me i exist to praise God and thank him every moment for giving me life.I may not have a perfect life but still i think that life is great.

  18. profile image0
    Moeskyposted 10 years ago

    We will never, ever, ever know the answer to this question until we die - and if there is no life after death then we won't know it then either. If you want a reason you can choose between thousands, whatever gets you through the experience. For me, it's learning not to desire the answer, and to understand the limitations in all other answers.

    1. Sojourner1234 profile image68
      Sojourner1234posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      The problem I see with this your perspective here, Moesky, is that 'an answer' is correct. I should say, that one answer is going to be right while others are not. If you take a test, for example, a multiple choice question will only have one answer.

  19. Lady Guinevere profile image74
    Lady Guinevereposted 10 years ago

    This place on this Earth is a place of learning. It is a vast school and University. There are many grades and many in the same grades throughout this journey. Some learn the same lessons, while others are learning different ones and then there are those who are not in the same grades or classes. We all learn and gain knowledge about ourselves through all the souls (people) that are here. Just as in the schools here on Earth we have soul mates and families that are grouped together. Everyone asked permission first if they want to participate in the school with others. It is by contract that we learn and YES there is an Entity (GOD/Creator) in charge of all this and YES they do help us stay to our lessons which we chose. This is where FREE WILL come into the picture. We may have chosen such and such a lesson, but we are the ones who chooses how these lessons are learned. If we don't learn them we keep repeating them until we do This may take several lifetimes. Each life time isn't only focused on the lessons not learned but others are added with each so that we learn to be Christ-like. That is what is meant by Re-Incarnation. Christ-like isn't perfect, but learning about all that there might be. Jesus meant this when he said that we could move mountains and do everything that he could do and much more. Everyone helps others grow. It is total compassion and that is what we are learning here and there. We are all in this together and are all from the same source. It is Jesus or the Collective Consciousness that doesn't like how things are so messed up.
    You can read more on my hub:  http://ladyguinevere.hubpages.com/hub/W … -Went-Home

  20. ib radmasters profile image59
    ib radmastersposted 10 years ago

    It doesn't matter, and it is up to you to get the most out of it.
    There are no real answers, so your answer will be better than any others.

  21. alfredfox profile image73
    alfredfoxposted 10 years ago

    You're here to find out why you are here.

  22. Babbie13 profile image61
    Babbie13posted 10 years ago

    You are here on Earth for a reason and that reason is YOU! 
    You hold the key to be happy and change things in your life for the better.  Being resilient may hold the key to change one person at a time.  You may not know most people, but surely there must be someone who would love to be like you.  Whether it is a son, daughter, niece, nephew, a friend or co-worker etc... Our purpose on Earth is to help ourselves reach inner peace and tranquility, so that we may help others and encourage them to do the same.  I am not a religious fanatic, but I do believe in a higher power.  Whether is God or someone else you believe in our purpose on Earth is to teach others with our actions how to reach their potential. 

    I take my purpose on Earth as a test I have to pass.  I am given the tools to build something that requires a lot of dedication and patience.  If I build it too fast it may not be the way it is supposed to be and hence it will be built the wrong way.  Somehow it will be undone until I get it right.  The only difference is that this test gives me many opportunities to build the right life model.


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