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What’s the difference between ‘living’ and ‘existing?’

  1. swalia profile image55
    swaliaposted 2 years ago

    What’s the difference between ‘living’ and ‘existing?’

  2. dashingscorpio profile image88
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago

    Living has purpose.
    Existing is just a (state of being).
    A life without dreams isn't living only existing.
    Living is about enjoying today and having a reason to look forward to tomorrow or the future, Someone lying in a hospital bed with breathing tubes and in a coma is technically "alive" but very few people would call that "living".

    1. swalia profile image55
      swaliaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      That reminds me of one of my favorite quotes- 'The purpose of life is a life with a purpose.'

  3. manatita44 profile image83
    manatita44posted 2 years ago

    Living can be a 'live' word, as in living with praise, adulation. joy, worship ...

    Here everything is sattvic, jubilant, triumphant, and the Heart is full of Love.

    Again, living is as we experience it, incorporates the daily chores of existence, as  manifested in jobs, family, social life, food, shelter, self-esteem, etc.

    Existing generally implies that life is hard, that we are suffering the bare necessities for existence, namely food, water, shelter...

    Finally, as in Living, Existence, seen from a Higher standpoint, implies "I Know, therefore I am, or exist." As you know, Existence is the first rung of the spiritual Hierachy of Sat, Chit and Ananda. Existence, Consciousness and Bliss.

    We as humans, may very often look at it from the standpoint of my other definition, mostly so if our focus is different, or Compass pointing towards a material existence, with little or small dreams.. Hari Om!

    1. swalia profile image55
      swaliaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! Only a spiritual person could have given this answer smile

    2. manatita44 profile image83
      manatita44posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Surabhi you know and I like a lot! She says, Ha ha, sometimes. So I chuckle here, Swalia. Praise indeed from one devotee to another. Lots of love.

  4. RLWalker LM profile image76
    RLWalker LMposted 2 years ago

    Living is the act of satisfying needs and wants.

    Existing is a state of being real.

    1. profile image56
      Norine Williamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      RL: Spoken like a "self sufficient" MAN! "..satisfying needs & wants?" As they say, "Live it up?"  Not according to Bible! "Existing" is what 1 does when "Living it up!"

    2. RLWalker LM profile image76
      RLWalker LMposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I mean the word "live" as I see it is a state related to biology in which the process of life is functioning and "exist" is the state of being an actual thing in reality, regardless of biology.

      I'm in the habit of being literal

    3. profile image56
      Norine Williamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      RL: And I "spiritual!"

      "...life is functioning and "exist"

      Using your analogy (biology), both "living" (biologically) & "existing" (biologically) are same in the "literal sense?"

    4. RLWalker LM profile image76
      RLWalker LMposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      No, living is a subset of existing. There is no analogy. I was merely and trivially filling the unoccupied seat of answering the more literal definition of the words. I do that often. It really DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. And as always, I may be wrong.

    5. profile image56
      Norine Williamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      RL: " We "existed" (in sin), yet were not "alive" until "in Christ!"  Man perceives "alive" as "breathing" which is merely "existing" if not "in Christ," according to Scripture!

  5. profile image56
    Norine Williamsposted 2 years ago

    DASH has "Hit the nail of the head" or "Spot on!"  Allow me to give Scripture re: "Living" vs "Existing!" 

    We were ALL "created in His image;" therefore, we are "spirit" (housed in a body) for GOD is a Spirit and it is INEVITABLE that we (creations) will "reconcile to our Creator!"  We must then take into consideration what HE (WORD) says re: "living" v. "existing!"

    As we know, Jesus died for our sins.  Ephesians 2:1-5 says "And YOU hath he made ALIVE who were DEAD ("spiritually" or just "existing")  in trespasses and sins; In which in times past ye WALKED ACCORDING to THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the sons of the disobedience; Among whom also we all had our manner of life in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of THE MIND, and were BY NATURE "the children of wrath," even as others. "BUT GOD," who is RICH IN MERCY, for his great LOVE with which he loved us, Even when we were DEAD ("spiritually" & only "existing") in sins, hath made us ALIVE together with Christ (by GRACE ye are SAVED)" (v12) "That at that time ye were WITHOUT CHRIST, being ALIENS from the commonwealth of Israel, and STRANGERS from the COVENANTS of PROMISE, HAVING NO HOPE, and WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD" (Or ONLY "EXISTING!") 

    STUDY (II Timothy 2:15) for "...ALL THAT PERTAINS TO LIFE..." IS IN SCRIPTURE (II Peter 1:3)!

 
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