Why am I here?
Of all the places you could be, of all the web sites you could be looking at, why this one?
Socrates (a great philosopher) said: ‘The unexamined life is not worth living’. At some time, who hasn’t asked: Why am I here?
Down the ages, questions like these have led men and women to search and search. They are life's "big questions". How you answer these questions determines how you see the world and how you treat the world. Because you are a part of the world, how you see the world also determines how you see and treat yourself. So, it's important that we resolve these fundamental questions. And it's important that we discover the honest truth. Wrong answers to important questions aren't helpful.
Where do we begin in our search for the truth? We begin at the beginning. Perhaps the most fundamental question is: does God exist? It's fundamental because our answers to the other "big questions" actually hinge on how we answer this significant question.
Ultimate Purpose of Life - The Atheistic Worldview
Well, if God doesn't exist, that means that life must have come about through some natural impersonal, unintelligent, and ultimately purposeless process. That means we're ultimately as purposeless as the very process which brought us into existence. Life's just an accident and so are you. You can find short term reasons for living like you're here because your parents wanted to have children, etc., but ultimately you're just an accident and so are your parents. Life is one big accident. You serve no purpose, you'll cause no lasting effect, and in the grand scheme of things your life is utterly meaningless. Without a Creator in the beginning, there was nobody around to put you here on purpose which means you aren't here for a reason. It's that simple. As far as asking "what am I worth," without God we don't actually have an intrinsic value, at least not an objective one. Our worth is ultimately subjective. You might think you're worth something but someone else might think you're worthless, and as long as there's no transcendent Assessor to have the final say, no one's ultimately right or wrong. In fact, without God there's really no such thing as right or wrong.
Ultimate Purpose of Life - The Theistic Worldview
Well, if God does exist, that means He is ultimate reality. If He created you for a reason, that's ultimately why you are here. If you're valuable to Him, that's ultimately what you're worth. What He says is right is absolutely right and what He says is wrong is absolutely wrong. We may be free moral agents with the freedom to make moral decisions, but that doesn't mean we can choose what actually is right or wrong; that just means we're capable of choosing to be right or wrong. God makes the rules. The question is: will He enforce them? Will God ever hold us accountable for our moral decisions? Yes, God will hold us accountable. One day everyone is going to have to explain all the bad things they've done. The point is, if God does exist, terms like "justice," "purpose," and "morality" aren't abstract notions: God has a purpose for you (that's why He made you), He's the one who instituted morality, and in the end He'll see that justice prevails.
Begin by asking, "Does God exist?" If He doesn't exist, everything is ultimately pointless. And if He does exist, you'll discover your reason for living when you discover who He is. You will enjoy richer, less stressful and more useful life. You're not a mistake or an accident. God created you for a reason. Get to know whether or not there's a Creator to this universe using our reasoning.