This is the continuation of my response to the article What an Athiest Ought to Stand for, by Richard Carrier. Research Material includes (first two are free MP3 download, provide exceptional background for this discussion, please listen!!) The Loss of Truth; Disillusionment Postmodernism and Rebirth; and Biblical Authority and Cultural Relativism.
Also, I have posted additional material (background to the christian perspective) under my "resources" link. (I will be adding more material there shortly). This section focuses on thought about the way the follower of Christ approaches the purpose of life.
Life is infused with meaning. Since we were created by God, in His image, and purposed to exist for his pleasure, every bit of our existence is important. We are most fufilled in exercising our purpose through exultation in Him.
Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of imagination by His beauty, opening of the heart to His love, and submission of will to His purpose. And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.~ William Temple
This has an invaluable impact on the way we live our lives, and view those around us. It was through believing a lie that death first came into the world. Now arguably the greatest deception in our culture is that we can somehow arrive at unbiased conclusions within ourselves, and thus decipher the purpose of life. When we take an honest look at our history, philosophy has shifted from the questioning "Who is God?" to "Where is God?" to "God is dead."
Now, our society is not questioning, so much as it is raising a clinched fist toward God and shouting "I am God." The conclusions of evolutionists today have been reached through biased testing and research. For what unbiased conclusions can you come to when you have established, without proof, that one possibility is no longer possible? Many of the theories I have read (will post shortly under reference material) go to great lengths to explain our existance, without a Creator, using "reason" to arrive at some of the most unreasonable conclusions.
The follower of Christ stands for truth. Christ teaches us that there is a Reason that exists outside of ourselves, and we find that reason in His compelling nature; all on the side of truth listen to Him. It is this revelation that has moved me to discuss the truth, as Martin Luther stated, in his 95 thesis: "Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed...”
The main point is that the reason for existance is in our Lord, who formed us, and breathed life into us, and gave us His will and love, and has now freed us from the bondage of sin and death.
(My next post with deal with the Atheistic framework of thought based on the article)