Answers To Three Questions
After surveying thousands of Canadians from coast to coast, University of Lethbridge sociologist, Reginald Bibby, in his book, Restless Gods, writes:
“There is also a stirring among large numbers of people outside the churches, who are pursuing answers about life and death and spiritual needs with more openness than at perhaps any time in our nation's history”.(1)
From the beginning of recorded history, mankind has been seeking answers to the ultimate questions of life. The Bible provides these answers.
Where did we come from?
The first verse in the Bible provides our answer: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Dr. Bibby found that 91% of Canadians believe that God or some First Cause was responsible for the beauty, majesty and order within our astounding universe. By revealing Himself as the Creator, time and time again, the God of the Bible affirms His right to be recognized as God. We owe our existence to the creative act of God in the original creation and in our personal creation.
Psalm 100:3 - “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, …”
Psalm 139:13 – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;...”
Why are we here?
A survey indicated that 45% of Canadians have some doubt about the purpose of life or they think that one cannot be found.(2) The Bible leaves no doubt that we are "to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls, and with all our strength and with all our minds and our neighbours as ourselves" (Luke 10:27). We exist for God, to serve him and to glorify him. Those who do not live a God focused life are missing the true meaning for their existence.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Where are we going?
This we know – We will not be here forever. Death is coming. The Bible states that death is the greatest enemy of mankind. 51% of Canadians agree that death instills fear within them!(3) No one can escape its grip. At a funeral service for a 21-year-old, it was said:
“When death strikes the very old, it may break our hearts, but when death strikes the very young, it's enough to break our spirits. We want to scream our protests about all that could have been and should have been”. (4)
The Christian faith offers a triumphant approach to death. Jesus Christ has removed the sting of death. Through His death on the cross he paid the penalty for the cause of death - sin! "God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21). Through His resurrection death has been defeated.
His glorious resurrection from the dead forever announces victory over death. Life - His life - is now offered to those who would repent of their sin and put their faith and trust in Him. Those who have received Christ as their saviour possess eternal life.
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
“I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.”
Three Questions Answered
Where did we come from? – From God’s creative act.
Why are we here? – For God’s glory.
Where are we going? – Into an eternity with God or away from God.
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1. R. Bibby, Restless Gods (Toronto: Stoddart, 2002), 227.
2. Ibid., 97.
3. Ibid., 118.
4. Ibid., 117.