Why Were You Born?
The atheistic theory of evolution argues that life evolved by chance with no ultimate purpose or plan. The Bible, however, tells us that God created the earth and man with a specific — and awe-inspiring– purpose in mind.What is that purpose? Israel’s King David, when viewing the expanse of the night sky long ago, asked, “What are human beings that You are mindful of them, mortals that You care for them?” (Psalm 8:4 NRSV). Unlike all other creatures, God created man in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). He gave man the ability to have a relationship with Him. Man had the capacity to understand and live by the same spiritual laws God Himself lives by. Man could grow to become more like God through an intimate relationship with Him. Our first human parent, Adam, made a fateful choice for the rest of the human race when he tried to find a way of life for himself apart from the intimate relationship God was offering him. We humans have been groping for meaning and significance ever since. The awe-inspiring truth is that God is creating a family — the God family. How did Jesus Christ reveal God to His disciples? As “our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). Jesus tells us to follow the ways of God “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Mathew 5:45). The apostle Paul referred to God the Father as “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14-15). God invites us into a father-child relationship with Himself and gives us His Spirit so we can become His children: “But you received the Spirit of sonship…” (Romans 8:15 NIV). By His Spirit “we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:15-17 KJV). Jesus Himself is called “the firstborn among many brethren” (Verse 29). God is in the process of creating His own literal family — with children in His very likeness. He is giving Human beings His very own immortal, divine life, which we will share with Him for all eternity. He desires to share with others His eternal existence in the way of life of overflowing love. Indeed, it is because of His love that God brought the universe into existence in the first place. It is because of His love that He gave us a part in it. Life, then, is the result of God’s love and His desire to share His love with His immortal family for all eternity. The Bible’s revelation of our destiny is far removed from the dark, meaningless view of life offered by atheism and evolution. Life with God in the picture is not something we should rationally oppose. Instead, we should regard it as a cause for rejoicing!! Life without God — and without His promise of eternal life — is empty and hopeless. Life with God is exciting, fulfilling, and ultimately rewarding beyond our wildest imagination. Tomorrow, Sunday June 16 is Father’s day. Let us be thankful for our earthly father that gave us physical life, but let us rejoice and jump for joy because of the incredible, unconditional love of our heavenly Father for giving us His life eternally!!!!!