I will be asking questions, over the next several days, relating to the meaning of life from a biblical perspective, and I will also include other sub-questions. I will be showing how the biblical meaning of life is the divine plan for your life. Whether one believes the meaning of life is created by society or individuals, Christians know that the biblical meaning of life can be discovered by anyone. It has already been determined. My hope is for you to discover a better understanding of the divine plan and how it applies to your life.
Q1/7: What are some of the ways that people create their own meaning in life? What does Aquinas say is the goal (he calls it, the ‘last end’) in life? What does Jesus say about serving two masters? What does Solomon say is the meaning of life?
Apologist Thomas Aquinas stated that some people are in error, people who seek happiness in things such as wealth, honor or reputation, fame or glory, power, striving to be the best, fastest, strongest, etc. (fastest swimmer, strongest boxer, #1 quarterback); some people seek happiness in temporary pleasures, some people seek happiness in loving others for one’s own sake (instead of loving for GOD’S SAKE), and some people seek happiness in any created good.
Apologist Thomas Aquinas stated that the goal of human life is perfect happiness, not imperfect happiness.
Augustine stated that all men agree in desiring the goal which is happiness. Do you agree or disagree with Aquinas and Augustine? Today, some people think that happiness “comes and goes,” but according to Aquinas, that kind of happiness he calls pleasure. Pleasures come and go, but happiness is meant to stay.
In Psalm 102:5, it says the Lord “satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalm 143:15 says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.”
Jesus said in Matt. 6:24, “No man can serve two masters.” Therefore, Aquinas says, it is impossible for one man’s will to be directed at the same time to diverse things as “last ends.”
In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon gives his advice for having a meaningful life. He wants to spare future generations the suffering and misery of seeking after foolish, meaningless, materialistic emptiness. Solomon offers his wisdom by discovering truth in:
- Seeking after God
- Considering the work of God
- Fearing God, and
- Keeping His commandments (7:13, 12:13)
In the next question tomorrow, we will explore two main dangers to creating one’s own meaning of life.