The existential questions in the book, Designing Your life are a bit difficult. These are common questions we’ve asked at some point and maybe our answers change over the years – here are my answers to the questions posed in the book. I answered what I could and well, I guess I’ll need to have a part 2 to answer the other questions that I didn’t answer.
Why are we here?
To Live, to serve- to glorify God, to know Him, to make Him known – to enjoy him and do so through the human experience. To live life as a reflection of Christ- exuding his characteristics especially among those that do not know him.
What is the meaning or purpose of life?
Our sole purpose in life is to glorify God. This comes from a Christian worldview. #notinterestedinarguingwithnonbelievers
What is the relationship between the individuals and others?
We are social creatures. We need one another to survive. Here is an article that I looked over briefly and saw some intriguing points that I would have to agree with.
Where do family, country and the rest of the world fit in?
The country is where I reside. It is my duty to abide by the rules are set in place. However where ever.
What is good and what is evil?
What is good? I think of the biblical verse 1 Timothy 4:4 New International Version
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, or Genesis 1:31 New King James Version Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Is there a higher power, God or something transcendent and if so what impact does this have on your life?
I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal savior. This impacts my life and my very being as everything I do ought to honor Him. The service I provide through work, the way I treat others, the way I speak, carry myself – the way I represent myself ought to be different. I know that I am far from perfect, that I will always strive to do better and through my service other people can be curious and want to know why I live my life the way I do.
What is the role of joy, sorrow, justice, injustice, love, peace and strife in life?
I’ve experienced joy, sorrow, justice, injustice, love, peace and strife. They come in seasons and through experiences in life. Now their role- they all tend to point back to Christ. No lie though- I had to Google this – the purpose of suffering as a Christian- I came across these resources:
Five truths about suffering
Verses on Joy
As I dig deeper, while this world is broken, pain and sorrow helps us connect and relate to one another especially when experiences are shared. We learn how to counsel one another through grief and strife; we come to a consensus about what is just and fair or what is considered injustice.
We get a glimpse of love and learn that it is without restrictions – that it is given freely inspire of, despite any situation.
In our moments of peace we are able to appreciate all as is in its very moment and stillness or among friends and family.