The meaning and purpose of life (Salvation (Christians believe that in…
The meaning and purpose of life
Purpose of life for Christians
The purpose of humans, according to Genesis is to 'Go forth and multiply' (Genesis 1:28) which suggests that part of the human purpose is to have children
Jesus said that the purpose of human life was to go to Heaven and spend eternity with God. He said that to do this we must 'Love God and love your neighbour as yourself' (Luke 10:27)
In Genisis it says that God created humans to 'have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth' ( Genesis 1:28), meaning that they are to be stewards of the Earth and take care of all living things.
Many Christians believe that it is part of their purpose to proselytise (preach the word of God). In Matthew's Gospel Jesus says. 'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28:19)
Christians believe that in order to achieve salvation for their sins and have eternal life with God in Heaven, they must believe in Jesus: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in hi, shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Christians must also follow the teachings of Jesus to love God with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself. Christ taught this through parables like the Good Samaritan and the Parable of the Sheep and Goats.
Other Christians, however, believe that faith alone is what matters for salvation: 'For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.' Romans 3:28
Christians believe that is is only by the grace of Hos that we can achieve salvation: 'For it is by grace you have been saved' Ephesians 2:8.
Many Christians believe that you have to have faith but also do good deeds in order to achieve salvation: 'faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead' James 2
Jesus said to deny yourself and take up your cross in order to follow him. This means that salvation may mean sacrificing other things for faith in Christ
Non-Religious meaning and purpose
In order to achieve this, Aristotle believed, you have to be virtuous. Happiness is not just about doing what you want, but about being a moral person and working for the good of your community
Examples of the virtues he described are courage and modesty
Aristotle believe that the purpose of life is to achieve 'eidaimonia'. This means flourishing or happiness.
Satre was a philosopher who argued that there is no meaning or purpose to human life, Who we are and what we like comes from the choies we make and how we live our lives. This is called
Satre is famous for saying '
existence precedes essense
' which means that you are the choices that you make