A REASON AND PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING

 

—  THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, WHO HE IS, AND HOW HE SAVES  —

 

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven” (Eccl. 3:1).

An innumerable number of  people, including many who do not even believe in the existence of God, have an unshakable, heartfelt belief that everything happens for a reason and a purpose. That “Everything has a reason and that reason has a purpose”. Many who have no particular spiritual preferences or convictions whatsoever surprisingly wax lyrical over their ardent belief that there is a reason and a purpose for everything. The generalization, ‘It’s going to work itself out’, is often heard in the wake of such claims, as well as the equally mindless, ‘Everything happens for the best'. These thoughtless phrases are usually spoken when one has no real solution to a problem. How can events work themselves out, and how can events conspire of themselves to make the future turn out for the best? How can problems with no known solution ever work themselves out? How do they do that? Why do people say such things? And why are so many, perhaps the majority of, people from various cultures across the globe, no less, so deeply convinced that there is a reason and purpose for everything? Is it all just superstition, or optimistic thinking? Is it something that people just say in order to encourage and give hope to the forlorn, or is there more to this conviction than just mere subjective thinking? Is it just a matter of people being so fearful of life and its consequences that they attempt to console themselves with some ‘mysterious, unprovable, yet to their minds, unchallengeable ‘truth’ that everything inexplicably always works out for the best? That we do not live in a purposeless, meaningless, world, but that we are here for a reason. Simply because one is still alive, still eating, and with a roof over one’s head, and clothes on one’s back is no evidence that all has worked itself out for the best. If everything always worked out for the best then the best would always triumph. But what would be behind everything always working out for the best, and who would define it as the best, when one man’s idea of ‘the best’ is viewed by another man as the worst.

Hindsight often provides evidence and confirmation of a reason and purpose behind all things. The connecting lines between past events in one’s life provide insight into why such beliefs as there is a reason and purpose behind all things, and everything working out for the best, are firmly adhered to. People look back on events in their lives and see how ‘this’ could not have happened if ‘that’ had not occurred, etc. They see that a seemingly innocuous decision they made in the past actually caused a domino effect which set off a rhythm, or chain, of events that all conspired to lead them to a life-changing moment, or how a last minute change of plans made a lifelong difference to their lives. Through such sequential events they begin to see the reason and purpose for everything, and, therefore, everyone. It is quite ironical that those who are foolish enough to believe the lie that there is no God (see Psa. 14:1), nevertheless eagerly subscribe to the belief that ‘somehow’ there is rhyme and reason behind every event that befalls mankind. That there is some unexplainable pattern, some meaning to life’s very existence. The phrase, ‘There’s a reason for everything’ is often heard in our daily conversations, yet most people do not think past this quite perceptive comment. I once asked a lady, who shared with me her firm and considered opinion that everything happens for a reason, and that there is, therefore, a purpose for everything, what such a belief might suggest to her. She stood, searching in vain for an answer, and eventually conceded saying she did not know. I informed her that if there is a reason and a purpose for everything would that not strongly suggest to her that there is someone behind the reason and the purpose. Would this not only prove that there is a God, that there is a Grand Design, and, therefore, a Great Designer Who is in complete and Sovereign control over everything and everyone?

What people who believe that there is reason and purpose for everything need to come to terms with is the fact that there could be no reason and purpose, therefore, no ultimate end, logic or sense to anything in life, indeed, to life itself, if there was no God. If there was no God, there would be nothing, no cause, behind any rhythm or reason to anything in life. There would be no logic behind any reason to, or no purpose for life if no cause behind reason and purpose existed. Reasons and purposes do not form themselves, they do not come about of themselves, for these are things which must be willed, planned and formed by an intelligence prior to an occurrence or event in our lives. Reasons and purposes may only be seen and realised after the event, but no event can ever precede the reason and purpose for it, just as an effect can never precede its cause. If there is a reason for everything and everyone then there must of necessity be a purpose behind the reason, and, logically, someone, some ruling, all-powerful, overwhelming and irresistible governing and architectural force behind both the reason and the purpose. There cannot be reason beyond purpose, for purpose is what motivates reason. Reason is the cause of an event, and “Purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”. Everything which exists has a cause behind its existence, therefore, a reason and a purpose for its being. Nothing which exists can be without purpose and reason. There cannot be reason without purpose, or purpose without reason, for both are mutually reliant. Reason often reveals the purpose, and purpose is the cause behind reason. For instance, the reason the door was opened was because I purposed to walk into the room, therefore, my purpose led to the reason why the door opened, indeed, why I opened the door. Without reason and purpose nothing could exist. Without motivation, without mind, nothing would be. An organization cannot exist without purpose. So too, one cannot have leadership without purpose, and that purpose itself cannot be without a reason. The purpose for something done reveals the reason behind why it was done. But what motivates, what lies behind, the reason for the purpose of all things?

Purpose is the birthplace of reason, but what is the birthplace of purpose? Everything has an origin, a beginning, so what is the origin for the purpose behind everything and everyone? Will! Every purpose has a will behind it, and will cannot exist without mind. If there is no God, but, nevertheless, a reason and purpose for everything—meaning, antecedent to everything—where would the reason and purpose come from? What would be the source for every reason, and, therefore, purpose for all things? From where would every reason and purpose, cause and motivation derive its source if there is no God? Who would be behind the reason and purpose for all things? What would be the origin of reason and purpose, and who would be the author of it all if there is no God? Who, or what, would attach reason and purpose to everyone and everything? Do reason and purpose exist only in our minds? Are we the parents of reason and purpose? Does reason come from purpose, or does everything find its purpose in the reason for its existence? Are reason and purpose merely illusions summoned by a mind which desperately seeks acknowledgement and justification for one’s existence? Or are we to stretch our imaginations to the breaking point and try to convince ourselves that reason and purpose are all governed by mere chance? Does the orderly reason and purpose for all things come from the chaotic aimlessness of alleged randominity? Is the meaning to life something which just comes out of thin air, by happenstance? If life has no meaning, then there can be no reason for, or purpose to, anything in life. Is everyone and everything just one big meaningless accident which, nonetheless, has reason and purpose which is determined by the unknowable? Those who have been taken in by the universal lies of the ‘Big Bang’ Theory, and Evolution—both designed to convince people that there is no reason and purpose to anything, and, therefore, no God, that might is right and natural selection, which came to be defined as survival of the fittest, rules the day—see no problem with the belief that all is chaos, with no real reason or purpose for anything.

As we shall see, it cannot be mere chance which is behind reason and purpose, for there is abundant and irrefutable evidence which shows there is intelligent design behind everything from the ant to the atom, from the Ulysses butterfly to the universe. If there is design, then there must also be a designer, and one cannot have a designer without intention, without that designer’s will. Without a will there cannot be intention, without intention there can be no purpose, and without purpose there can be no reason, and, therefore, any meaning to anything, in fact, nothing would exist. If there is no meaning to anything then everything would be without purpose and reason, intent and will. How can there be will and intent to a universe that has no reason or purpose behind it? If there is no reason or purpose for man then his will and intentions would have no consequences. If, however, there are consequences, then it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is order in, and to, the universe. If there is no God then there can be no responsibility. Furthermore, “If there is no God, murder isn’t wrong. You may think it’s wrong, but how do you know it’s wrong? Without God, all morality is mere opinion. In a secular world, there can only be opinions about morality. They may be personal opinions or society’s opinion. But only opinions. Every atheist philosopher I have read or debated on this subject has acknowledged that if there is no God, there is no objective morality.” Indeed there would be no objective morality, or immorality, for everything would be subject to the rule of opinion and consensus. One man’s opinion would be as good, or as bad, as another man’s opinion. “If morality is intrinsic to humanity, then amoral human beings either do not exist or are only deficiently human.” If there was no God, then the only motivation anyone would have for law and order would be self-preservation, fear of punishment, staying out of prison, etc., but then again, why self-preserve when life is alleged to have no meaning. Where does man’s instinct to stay alive come from, and why, for that matter, keep oneself alive if there is no purpose to, therefore, no reason for life other than the immediate, fleeting moment. Why the intrinsic universal instinct to survive at all costs, only to eventually die? That such an instinct exists in all creatures proves that survival at all costs is at least one reason to the purpose of life, but what is the reason and purpose behind this survival at all costs mentality. “If there is no God, there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.” If there is no God, there can be no purpose, and, therefore, no reason to, or for, anything, or anyone.

If there is no God then everything would mean nothing. The whole reason and purpose for everything would be absolutely nothing. Everything would have no significance at all, for without reason and purpose nothing would have any meaning. If everything is without reason and purpose then there would be no order to life, and if no order then all is chaos, utterly without cause, and, therefore, pointedly absurd. There would be no consequences, adverse or otherwise, if there was nothing but meaningless chaos. Reason and purpose introduce the theme of consequence. If there is no purpose for life then there is no purpose, no meaning and no reason for anything. If there is no reason then there can be no significance, for how can something be of any significance without there also being a reason and purpose for it, and, therefore, design and meaning to it. There is nothing to learn from, or understand about, anything, if there is no purpose behind it all. What would the reason be in learning anything about life if there is no meaning for life? Reason, purpose and meaning are the heart and soul of significance. Without these three elements, significance would be without meaning, and so, without reason, purpose or meaning, it simply could not exist. If there was no reason, purpose or meaning, nothing would have any importance or be of any consequence, and everything would be confined to meaninglessness and insignificance. If there is nothing which has any significance, why bother with morality, and a society governed by law and order. If there is no God there can be no governing universal law, no order, no reason, no purpose and no meaning to life, or for life. “Without God, we therefore end up with what is known as moral relativism–meaning that morality is not absolute, but only relative to the individual or to the society. Without God, the words ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are just another way of saying ‘I like’ and ‘I don’t like’.” Moral relativism is another way of saying ‘Do what you want’, which is, interestingly enough, precisely the philosophy of infamous Satanist and 33rd degree Freemason Aleister Crowley, whose motto was: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’. In fact, this statement, or should I say, self-destroying philosophy, first encouraged by the Serpent in the Garden of Eden (see Gen. 3), denies the rule of God, nay the existence of God or of any gods who would dare to proclaim how any man should live. Those who follow such a liberal humanistic philosophy fail to realise that the demigods they are listening to, such as Mr. Crowley, are doing exactly what they say no god has any right to do: they are dictating how man should live his life. They are saying, ‘Do not obey any law, but the law of disobedience’. ‘Do not obey any law except the law we are telling you’. In essence they are not saying 'Do what thou wilt', but rather, ‘Do what we tell you’. In the world of the anarchist all must be chaotic, a world dominated by everyone doing whatever it is they want to do. Mobocracy without bounds. Do what thou wilt dictates that there must not be one rule for all to obey, except for the rule of do what thou wilt, for each and every man has, they say, the right to be a law unto themselves. Man can do what he wants, as long as what he does conforms to the demigods’ definition of what ‘do what thou wilt’ is. Does ‘Do what thou wilt’ include believing in the true and only God? Is serving, and worshipping the true God—which includes denying that any man has any right to do whatever he wants—part of this Satanic philosophy? Serving the true God is diametrically opposed to serving oneself, or anyone or anything else.

“‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’ sounds awfully like the code of the psychopath…” than the basis upon which to build an orderly, structured and safe society. ‘Do what thou wilt’ encourages murder, rape, violence and every kind of perversion all in the name of ‘freedom’. Freedom without boundaries is, in reality, enslavement to sin. There seems to be an end, a goal, involved in such a philosophy as ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’, as well as an inbuilt note of rebellion in its tone. If there is no reason, purpose or meaning behind anything or anyone, then there would also be no point, no end or goal, in living any kind of life including doing only what you want to do. Nothing would have any purpose or desired result, and so, there would be no point at all in living any particular lifestyle. “‘Do what thou wilt’, then, is the axiom of any who choose the left-hand path of internal authority rather than the right-hand path of external authority.” But why choose any path if there is no reason or purpose to life? Why have any rule, law, or governing principle in one’s life no matter its origin if there is no meaning to life? Why set your life on any path when life itself is totally without meaning? People would not need to be told to do whatever it is they want to do if there was no meaning to life. If all were chaos, do what thou wilt would be the congenital philosophy of everything and everyone, for whose other will would there be to fulfil if there was no God, and, therefore, no meaning to anything at all? Why would anyone need to be told to do whatsoever they wanted to do if there was no God?

Incredibly, do what thou wilt is looked upon by some as the Law of Freedom. Freedom from what, or whom, we may well ask. Man’s doing what he wants, like smoking cigarettes or drinking as much alcohol as he pleases, or taking any other drug often leads to addiction, sickness and death. Nothing is without consequence. Consequence is the true gauge by which we can judge the veracity and legitimacy as well as the practicality of thoughts such as ‘do what thou wilt’. Often called the dean of science fiction writers, Robert A. Heinlein, basically restated do what thou wilt, when he wrote: “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” But, morally responsible to whom, Mr. Heinlein? To oneself, or to others? But why be morally responsible at all if there is no God, and, therefore, no reason, purpose and meaning to anything?  Do what thou wilt has no intrinsic morality or cares for any consequences in its outlook. In fact, it has no outlook other than living for oneself, and serving each and every lust that comes to mind. Self-gratification at all costs would be the only rule of life. Essentially, when one rules out the existence of God, all one is left with is having oneself as god. Scripture states that “…God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased” (Psa. 115:3). The so-called law of freedom which claims that man may do what he wants is an attempt to have man be the one and only god, in his life. Do what thou wilt makes each individual their own god. This was essentially what the Serpent told Eve in the Garden. Satan told Eve “…ye shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). Encouraging Eve to eat of the fruit, Satan introduced the fundamental concept of Do what thou wilt, instead of heeding God’s Word. Satan sweetened the pot, as it were, by adding “…ye shall be as gods…” (Gen. 3:5). Being one’s own god is evidenced by one’s living a life according to one’s own perspective, always placing oneself first above all others, one’s own thoughts above another’s wisdom, being convinced by the unspoken promise that such an existence is true freedom. Satan convinced Eve that obedience was not the way to ultimate happiness. He was not so much advocating disobedience—though this, of course, was what underpinned his motive in deceiving Eve—but what he was trying to do was to convince Eve that doing what he wanted her to do would be her doing what she wanted to do, and was what true freedom is all about. However, there is no freedom in addiction so it is not surprising that ‘Do what thou wilt’ can hardly be considered as the key to the Law of Freedom. Doing what you want invariably leads to addiction, a servitude to sin. True freedom requires boundaries. Such boundaries do not restrict, but protect the one seeking true freedom in life. Here we have structure, and behind every structure, be it material or moral, there is a Designer.

Why seek to be a decent, upstanding society governed by law and order—which would be based on nothing but subjective, subject to change, opinion—if everything around us is without reason? If there is no God, and man is a law unto himself—his own god—whom are we trying to impress, and where does the motivation, the sense, for all this law and order come from? Whatever prompted man, who, if we are to believe the evolutionist, is merely an organic product of chaos and disorder, to seek order in his life, and in society as a whole? Where does this idea and desire for order and structure come from? If there is no God, then the sum and substance of man’s existence is governed by pure chance, an organic accident if you will. If all that life holds for each and every one of us is inevitable and unavoidable death, then let us all eat, drink and be merry for all that tomorrow will hold for any one of us is nothing but the constant ever-present realistic prospect of an eventual, impending and indomitable deprivation of existence. Death would be the ultimate overlord, the exclamation point to an existence whose only meaning would be found in its cessation. Death would be the ultimate God, for the only sense to anything or anyone’s existence would be found in the fact that all are spiralling toward death. The only point to life would be death. The only point to being born would be the commencement of the dying process. The only point to life, the only thing that would make any sense of life, would be cessation of life.

It is a truly blind man who sees and knows that he does things for a reason, and that there is purpose to his doing them, but who cannot see any reason or purpose for his being. How can there be reason and purpose for what we do, but no reason or purpose for why we are? Reason and purpose intrinsically lead to an end, and so must also have a beginning. These things cannot be without a goal. Even animals do things for a reason and a purpose with an intended goal in mind. Some would reply, ‘Animals just do things by instinct’, but instinct—“an innate, typically fixed pattern of behaviour”—cannot be without reason and purpose, and if that is the case where did instinct come from? Instinct did not suddenly come into existence, nor did it evolve, for how can anything have existed without the instinct to survive at all costs right from the very beginning! Who fixed the pattern which each animal would evidence by its actions? Instinct cannot be without order and reason, and, therefore, it must necessarily serve a purpose. A life without purpose, would be a life without a cause, and, therefore, a life without origin—an originating source. Many people are convinced that life’s ultimate end is pleasure. That the only thing that makes any sense of life is to lead a sensually, self-indulgent lifestyle, and to seek it at all costs. But, why pleasure? Where does this, often sinful, urge for incessant delectation come from? And why do we often derive more pleasure from those things which the general consensus of society frowns upon?

At best, all man can do is to temporarily prolong life, a life we all know is unstoppably careering toward death. We can attempt to slow its progress toward its inexorable end, but we can never stop life reaching its terminal point. Despite the euphoria that accompanies each life saving medical procedure, doctors can, at best, only forestall the inevitable. Increasingly, people try to live as long as they can by eating healthy, and watching their weight, etc. Books, DVDs and television programs all designed to provide the means and methods devised to obstruct death and provide a better quality of life, abound. The health and wellness industry is tipped to be the next trillion dollar industry globally. As of December 2016 fitness, exercise, healthy eating and weight loss sales reached a staggering 667 billion dollars. But if there is no purpose to existence, and no logical reason for, and, therefore, no sense to, life, why the lifelong battle with death? Why wage a war on death with a life that will eventually and unavoidably succumb to it? Why the effort? Where does this desperate, vital, urge to stay alive, no matter what, and prolong a life which has no reason or purpose, come from? And why does such a morbid fear of death exist in a vain world allegedly filled with utter meaninglessness? Why not simply embrace death? Ironically, the existence of death shows that there is at least one reason to life: to forestall death. But if there is no purpose to life why the fear of death, and why the lifelong struggle to keep it at bay? Why do those who do not believe in God, fear death, for if God does not exist death would simply be a cessation of existence, so what is there to fear when one is no more. What is there to fear in a situation where one does not even exist? Could it be that man, who is so certain that there is no reason or purpose to life, fears what will happen after life? That death so feared will reveal the truth? Many do believe, at least, in the element of the unknown when it comes to death and what happens after death. Most try to live as long as they can, but why? They try to cheat death at all costs, but, again, why the effort when death will eventually win the day? What drives us to stay alive? What could the motivation for longevity be to a life which purportedly has no meaning, reason or purpose? And what is this ‘unknown element’ of death that motivates man’s constant struggle with it? If death is oblivion, why does man fear death at all?

What has nihilistic thought ever done for mankind except to not merely deny reality, but the reality of truth! Nihilism’s denial of everything is based on the lie that everything is nothing. “The earliest philosophical positions associated with what could be characterized as a nihilistic outlook are those of the Skeptics. Because they denied the possibility of certainty, Skeptics could denounce traditional truths as unjustifiable opinions. When Demosthenes (c.371-322 BC), for example, observes that ‘What he wished to believe, that is what each man believes’ (Olynthiac), he posits the relational nature of knowledge. Extreme skepticism, then, is linked to epistemological nihilism which denies the possibility of knowledge and truth; this form of nihilism is currently identified with postmodern antifoundationalism. Nihilism, in fact, can be understood in several different ways. Political Nihilism is associated with the belief that the destruction of all existing political, social, and religious order is a prerequisite for any future improvement. Ethical nihilism or moral nihilism rejects the possibility of absolute moral or ethical values. Instead, good and evil are nebulous, and values addressing such are the product of nothing more than social and emotive pressures. Existential nihilism is the notion that life has no intrinsic meaning or value, and it is, no doubt, the most commonly used and understood sense of the word today.” The problem with the philosophy of Nihilism is that everything is nothing except Nihilism! Everything is relative, unjustifiable opinion, except Nihilism. Nihilism, like everything and everyone, simply wants to be God. Nihilism denies even the possibility of knowledge and truth except the knowledge and ‘truth’ of Nihilism. All order must be destroyed, according to Nihilism, except its dictatorial, iron rule over all else. Nihilism rejects even the possibility of absolute moral and ethical values whilst protecting its own form of morality and values. Nothing has any value or meaning in the world of Nihilism except for Nihilism itself. Nihilism is the great totalitarian dictatorship in its purest form: it “promises plenty, gives nothing then takes everything". Nihilism promises truth, gives you anything but truth and leaves you with absolutely nothing but lies. Nihilism is the great dictator which says nothing is of any worth except for itself. Nihilism is a self defeating philosophy which no rational person could ever accept. One man has observed that Nihilism’s law is “only the untrue is true”. Moreover, Nihilism’s claim is that only meaninglessness has meaning. Another has commented, “…is it objectively true that nothing is objectively true? The phrase ‘Nothing is objectively true’ is seen as logically impossible to assert…” How can one make an absolute statement believing it to be an absolute truth, which denies the existence of absolute truth!

Why does man continue to strive against something which he ultimately cannot stop? Why does man try to live a valuable, purposeful, meaningful, life in a world which he believes has no value, and, therefore, no reason or purpose to its existence? This man did this, but he eventually died. This doctor discovered a cure for this illness, or that disease, but why bother when there is no cure for death. He lived a great life in service to his country, to medicine, to science, to sport, to the arts, etc., BIG DEAL! What difference does any of this make to a creature that will ultimately lose its tentative grip on life? Where would the rhyme and reason for life come from if there was no creation, and no controlling, Sovereign Creator? Where would the rhyme and reason for decency, morality, law, order and organization come from if all is relative including morality? Are we to believe in the alleged importance of vainly living a good life only to eventually be launched into oblivion? If we are just carbon-based organic matter why all the rules? Nihilism advocates “…a social arrangement based on rationalism and materialism as the sole source of knowledge and individual freedom as the highest goal. By rejecting man's spiritual essence in favor of a solely materialistic one, nihilists denounce God and religious authority as antithetical to freedom”. Nihilism eventually deteriorated “…into an ethos of subversion, destruction, and anarchy, and by the late 1870s, a nihilist was anyone associated with clandestine political groups advocating terrorism and assassination”.

Are we to allow ourselves to be swayed by a collection of particular moral values, of doing ‘good’ rather than ‘evil’, in a life which allegedly has no meaning or purpose other than death? And why for that matter would a good life be any better than an evil one in a morally relative, empty world which has no meaning? “…if God does not exist, there really is no foundation for objective moral values and duties. Nothing would really be objectively good or bad, or right or wrong, if God does not exist. All our actions would lack objective moral meaning; every act would be morally neutral… If God does not exist, that’s all that morality is—not an objective reality, but a matter of personal taste and preference—an illusion.” Where does the reason and purpose for a good life come from? ‘It’s better to be good than bad’. ‘Be a good boy’, ‘Be a good little girl’, ‘Be good’. WHY? ‘Don’t’ do anything I wouldn’t do’, WHY NOT? If reason and purpose do not exist, who is to say what is good or evil? How does one defend absolutely that which is only subjective? People say, ‘Well, evil hurts people’, granted, however, those performing the evil actually enjoy it, it makes them feel good, so who is to say that being good does not also include doing evil? In a world where morality is subject to what each individual says it is, who is to say that the pursuit of pleasure and happiness cannot also include hurting, or even killing, others? If the pursuit of pleasure and happiness are the order of the day in a Nihilistic world, where does anyone get the notion to regulate how a person derives pleasure and personal happiness? Why set up restrictions and barriers to a person’s pursuit of happiness when the pursuit of happiness, according to many, is all there is? I mean, if the pursuit of happiness includes the murder of a child yet in its mother’s womb, why bother with any petty restrictions such as speed limits on roads, or laws preventing cruelty to animals? If the pursuit of happiness is the order of the day then everything must fall into line with what a man wants to do in his pursuit of said happiness.

Law simply cannot be turned to, or even legitimately exist, in the world of Nihilism. Who determines what is good, or evil in a world without reason? What is the Standard? Where do laws come from? Why does man feel the compulsion to cocoon himself within a world of laws, from the sports field to city streets, if there is no such thing as absolute truth? It all comes from man’s clear view of the incessant need for order. Every free society requires boundaries. People call all this civilization, but pray tell what is so civil about a democratically-elected government’s sanction of the murder of an unborn child. There is no objective, absolute rule against murder, in many so-called civilized countries, except the murder of beings who have left the womb. Many so-called laws merely make room for what man truly desires: what he wants! Many of man’s laws are actually created to protect his sinful and often wanton desires. There are laws in many countries now which allow and even condone sexual perversion, and many which condone assisted suicide for the terminally ill. The madness, and paradox of relative objectivism cannot be avoided. People say ‘You’re on earth for a reason’, how do they know? Who exactly determined this, and where is their evidence? Is this all just man trying to vainly make sense of a series of events he calls life? A series of events that is said to spring from, and amounts to, nothing more than mere meaningless coincidence? If there is no God, where did all this come from. How can there be reason and purpose to all things in a universe that either had no beginning, or for which there was no reason. If there is no God then there can be no reason or meaning to the existence of anything or anyone, and, therefore, nothing upon which law and order, decency and respect can be based, other than the ever-changing winds of personal and public opinion.

If there is no meaning to life why then do so many spend their time searching for it? Where does this need to know, understand, and search for a meaning to life come from if there is no reason for life? If it does not have an intelligent source? If everything and everyone is merely the result of a sudden and unexplainable BANG? People have travelled overseas to visit Indian gurus and the like in search of spiritual guidance and meaning to life. They have abandoned careers, sold their belongings, left wives, husbands and children all in search of the meaning of life. Is this the last vestige of religious, superstitious man before he ‘evolves’ into a creature that simply accepts only what he can see, hear, smell, taste and touch? Has man simply deluded himself into thinking that there is a reason for being? If there is no reason or meaning to life where has this belief that there is meaning for everything come from? How can the very concept of meaning and reason find its way into a person’s mind in a world which allegedly has no meaning and reason for its existence? How did reason, meaning and purpose ever get into a meaningless man’s mind? “Modern man thought that when he had ‘gotten rid’ of God, he had freed himself from all that repressed and stifled him. Instead, he discovered that in ‘killing God’, he had also killed himself. For if there is no God, then man's life becomes absurd.” Look at today’s youth. For the most part they are completely aimless, filling their time with instantly gratifying, mindless video games, eating and drinking the worst possible foods, many of which are loaded with sugar, whilst some others have copious amounts of caffeine—society’s start-up drug—while mesmerised by countless digital display units from their iPhones to iPads and computer screens. Obsessed with selfies, and everything that encourages self-absorption and the delusion of self-importance, the world which they have inherited is one of ever-increasing narcissistic hedonism. Things which were once pastimes like a video game, or even a phone call to a friend, have become full time obsessions. So much of the music they listen to and produce either spews forth words of hate and of the inaneness of life, or floods their minds with  interminable fluff-filled pop songs where the word love is used ad-nauseam and substituted for the word sex. Add to this the increasing menace of illicit drugs, especially the dreadful new synthetic drugs, not to mention the increased dependency on prescription drugs and pain killers, and you have a recipe for absolute mayhem and despair. Some have a desire to try to make sense of the world they have been born into, but have no idea how, for they are even more spiritually bankrupt than the preceding generation was which has virtually taught them nothing, but to live for pleasure and seek material success and happiness at all costs. Much of what the preceding generation has taught today’s generation is nothing but contradictory, hypocritical rubbish which today’s youth quickly dissects and sees through as lacking any sense, or objective fact, hence their nihilistic outlook. They are just told to adhere to a certain, acceptable lifestyle. Go to school, go to work, get married, have children, have grand children, play lawn bowls, or bingo, then die. What for!! Why this rigid schedule if there is no meaning to any of it? If there is no reason or purpose for anything? Why the procreation of children when all of life is a meaningless sojourn toward death? Many are controlled and programmed by the unspoken edict, “Work, buy, consume, die”. Why all this discipline and order in a vain attempt to give reason and purpose to a life which many believe to be meaningless, when death is all that awaits a man no matter what his lifestyle is?

To what end would each and every event serve in our lives, what purpose would there be for life itself, if there was no God? Is life merely about relative significance, but not ultimate, objective significance? What would lie behind any reason and purpose for everything that occurs, if there was no God? If, however, everything does have a reason and a purpose, then what reason and purpose is there for the very existence of reason and purpose. What is the origin of reason and purpose? Is it chaos, or is it order? Surely, “…organization requires an organizer, design requires a designer and information as in DNA requires an author”. "…the findings of more than fifty years of DNA research have provided materials for a new and enormously powerful argument to design" (Arthur Flew, Professor of philosophy, former atheist, author, and debater). “Languages only ever come from an intelligence, and information only ever comes from information. DNA cries out that there’s an intelligence behind life, it couldn’t have happened by chance or random processes. Matter on its own could never produce DNA.” “All the same formulas and communication theory that created our modern digital age apply to DNA too.  In fact many methods that are commonplace in the information technology field have been adapted and applied to genetics research and the Human Genome Project…DNA is not merely a molecule with a pattern; it is a code, a language, and an information storage mechanism. All codes we know the origin of are created by a conscious mind. Therefore DNA was designed by a mind, and language and information are proof of the action of a Superintelligence.”

If there is reason and purpose then there must also be design, and, therefore, a premeditated plan behind the design, and consequently, a planner or designer. In addition, if there is plan and design there must also of necessity be thought, motive and intention. “Motive is the moving power which impels one to action for a definite result, whereas intent is the purpose to use a particular means to effect such result.” Neither motive or intention can exist without thought, and, therefore, without mind. If all this is true, then it cannot be mere coincidence, time and chance, which gave birth to and oversees our lives, our very existence. There must be an intelligent Creator, and if there is a Creator, then there is reason and purpose behind creation and every living thing. Reason and purpose imply order and design, so too, order and design essentially demand reason and purpose for existence which in turn implies an intelligent source. To say that order and design cannot be without intelligence is to state a truth, however, to say that intelligence came out of nothing but time and chance, or that order and design do not reflect intelligence, is to show oneself an unmitigated fool, for evidence of design is overwhelming.  Everything has an intrinsic element to it, a core, which it cannot exist without. So what is it that reason and purpose cannot do without? A reason for something or someone cannot exist without there also being a reason for the reason. Purpose is the motivating factor behind a cause, but what is the reason, or cause, for the purpose. Surely reason and purpose cannot appear out of thin air. They cannot produce themselves, therefore, they, too, must have a source. What lies behind the reason for anything? What is the basis for every reason? Surely it is that from which it originates, for the reason for anything cannot exist without a starting point. Everything triggers something else, so what is the trigger point for life itself? As effect cannot exist without cause, so too, cause itself cannot exist without a preceding cause. What is the cause behind the cause that caused the effect, and why? Simply because something is the cause for something else does not preclude it from also having a cause, or trigger. Trace every individual fallen domino back to the preceding domino until you get to the first domino. To think that the first domino fell by its own volition, or that it alone was the cause behind all the other dominoes falling is to be limited, or restricted, blinkered in one’s thinking by only looking at the dominoes. A suitably intelligent investigation will always lead you to the person who not only knocked the first domino over, or was the cause for its falling, but why they set up all the dominoes in the first place, and the reason behind their wanting to knock them all down by flicking the first domino. Everything is traceable to its original source. If there is no reason then there can be no cause, no purpose, and, therefore, no sense and no origin to anything at all. If there is no reason and purpose then all that remains is futility, and a myriad of questions left unanswered. However, if there is order and purpose, the evidence for which is all around us, then there must of necessity be someone with an extraordinary and all-powerful intelligence and wisdom behind the design and order of all things, and the purpose for each and every one of them.

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