My purpose is clearer now without religion
An anonymous poster asked this question on one of my blogs:
What do you think our purpose in life is then?
Many Christians believe there is no purpose without God. Of course, one of the most quoted Old Testament verse is:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Who would not want to believe that the Creator of the universe cares enough about them to have a great plan for their life? In fact, when witnessing to a non-believer, one of the favorite phrases used is “God has a plan for your life.” Really now?
If you read further in Jeremiah 29, you will discover these verses:
17 yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like poor figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten. 18 I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth and an object of cursing and horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.
Ok. Does God have a good plan for my life or will he send the sword, famine and plagues against me?
In my opinion, this whole system of contradictions, uncertainty, condemnation, and schizophrenia really clouds one’s purpose in life. To have a clear mind helps me focus on who I would like to be. This brings me to a point of our wager which I believe to be my purpose in life:
….to live my life with love, kindness, compassion, mercy and tolerance while trying to make the world a better place.
This is so much easier to do when I’m not judging homosexuals or couples living together outside of marriage or the young girl who had an abortion. I can do my part to demonstrate kindness and compassion and in making the world a better place without trying to somehow fit 21st century life into the archaic superstitious rituals of a tribe of desert nomads who lived thousands of years ago.
- The de-Convert