Meaning of Life: What In the World Does God Want From Me? 1/7

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:

  1. Seeking after God
  2. Considering the work of God 
  3. Fearing God, and 
  4. 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.

Published by @hmschuldt

Heather Marie Schuldt a Christian Counselor and an author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including a young adult science fiction mystery, "Cindy Sailor and the Hunt for Owen" (2021) and a workbook for creative writers called "Writers 750 Emerald Workbook." She co-authored an award winning fantasy novella, "Gryffon Master," with five authors in 2015. She published six Giant Tales anthologies with over fifty authors in 2013 and 2014. She began studying apologetics in 2016, served as the president of student government, and graduated with a master's degree in 2019 and a PhD in 2022. She is the founder of the Writers 750 Program which began in 2012. She is a Certified Therapist in cognitive behavior therapy and loves to help people learn new life skills. She is happily married with three grown children and enjoys riding her bicycle.

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