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What is the purpose of life?


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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 1:11:27 PM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
As opposed to some other God?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 1:36:57 PM PDT
Joe W says:
My life has both meaning and purpose without knowing the god of the Bible.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 4:15:27 AM PDT
Theo says:
Brian- and most of those Billions worship a substitute 'god'.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 4:16:57 AM PDT
Theo says:
D.S.- yes, the 'other gods' being fallen angels.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 4:17:52 AM PDT
Theo says:
Joe- like what?
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 7:32:03 AM PDT
Joe W says:
Why do you ask, Theo? I pose this question because, based upon your past posts and expressed attitudes, the *only* reason that you are making such an inquiry is for the sole purpose of setting the stage for your denunciation of me and the reiteration of how great you think your beliefs are.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 10:33:59 AM PDT
Brian Curtis says:
And yet, their lives have meaning and purpose... without Jesus. Isn't that amazing?

It's almost like your statement about non-Christian life being worthless was WRONG or something.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 10:52:47 AM PDT
Astrocat says:
"It's almost like your statement about non-Christian life being worthless was WRONG or something."..... ya think?

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 11:25:36 AM PDT
Rubedo says:
The purpose of life is enjoyment and yet our greatest joys are unselfish.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 11:43:00 AM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
And yet there are millions with little in the way of enjoyment. WHY? Why would the Absolute leave it that way, create it that way, if the purpose was enjoyment?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 12:03:15 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
I don't think the purpose is enjoyment, I think the purpose is the detachment from desire for the outer life. We incarnate into these physical bodies, and the goal for each life is to complete some task, reach some goal and then move on. The bodies are tools for us to use, but, for a very long time we become immersed in them and forget Who we are. Then, in some incarnation we, like the Buddha, wake up and begin the journey anew, awake instead of asleep.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 12:06:03 PM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
As long as there is suffering, the purpose can't be enjoyment, in my opinion. Agreed. (Not that we can't enjoy it anyway, lol.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 12:59:40 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
D.S., I agree, I think we can still "enjoy" it, and by that I mean enfilling every moment with joy, not the mindless "happiness" without any kind of pain envisioned by some. My shoulder aches, should that stop me from enjoying this moment? My children are busily living their lives, with some upsets every day, some goad to kick against, some turmoil or other demanding their attention. Should they stop enjoying their lives until everything clears up and there are no more problems? Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 1:04:10 PM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
Try something else even. Try focusing on your shoulder...(if it actually aches)...and see if you can make the pain twice as bad. Ever tried that?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 1:06:21 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
No, I never tried that. Masochism is not my thing.....:)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 1:09:22 PM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
Haha...you might be surprised at what happens.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 2:10:18 PM PDT
Rubedo says:
D. S. Clark says:

And yet there are millions with little in the way of enjoyment. WHY? Why would the Absolute leave it that way, create it that way, if the purpose was enjoyment?

R:Why would the absolute do anything if not for the enjoyment. Why do people go to horror films?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 2:13:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 2:14:02 PM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
Because even the Absolute actually has some limits. But I see your point.

The difference between horror movies and real horror is...CHOICE.

Personally I doubt real horror would be chosen unless there was a greater purpose to it. Something being accomplished. (Or unless it isn't real, lol.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 2:17:01 PM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
If you and I do things we don't enjoy...in order to accomplish something...perhaps the Absolute does too.

Although, I would have to agree with you that the Absolute would find the best way possible for Itself.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 3:06:10 AM PDT
Theo says:
Brian- granted some Unbelievers live more productive lives than many Believers.
But 'what shall it profit you if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?'

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 3:09:19 AM PDT
Theo says:
Rubedo- 'Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die.'
There is nothing wrong with eating and drinking in moderation (we all have to in order to survive.)
And be 'merry' as long as it isn't immoral.
But one day you will have to face your Maker.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 6:36:57 AM PDT
Joe W says:
Theo: But one day you will have to face your Maker.

Joe: Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 13, 2012.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 7:00:43 AM PDT
Rubedo says:
Theo says:
Rubedo- 'Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die.'
There is nothing wrong with eating and drinking in moderation (we all have to in order to survive.)
And be 'merry' as long as it isn't immoral.
But one day you will have to face your Maker.

R:
I diid not say, 'Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die.' Who are you quoting?

What I said was, "The purpose of life is enjoyment and yet our greatest joys are unselfish." We were created to enjoy existence even though it may seem at times that suffering predominates. Suffering is also sometimes the only path to deeper growth and wisdom.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 7:04:01 AM PDT
D. S. Clark says:
Hey Rubedo, I wanted to clarify something.

Perhaps the Absolute has a way to enjoy everything from that level.

But that is not the same as saying that the purpose if THIS life is enjoyment.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 10:44:55 AM PDT
You mean your moneymaker?
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