Many theories suggest a rationale for the existence of human life that offers explanations about the origins of life. Accordingly, Christian apologists and theologians argue that the origin of life was through special creation. In other words, God created life from the ex-nihilo with the dust of the earth. In the same creative act the life created was material and spiritual; therefore, creation was with purpose, design, and intentional. However, while many Christians accept the fact of creation, there are variant ways that the post-creation experience of existence explained to support views of life development. As a result, an important point to consider about creation is if God created human beings, then a logical assumption follows that God had a reason in existence and goals to be accomplished in His acts.
Some things to consider about existence:
For those who believe that the biblical story of creation is factual, it is important to recognize that God, not only created life, but He also sustains life. Therefore, God has diagramed a divine purpose into human existence. Unquestionably, purposeful creation reinforces a view of life that emphasizes the confidence that God is the central equation of existence. In fact, purposeful creation provides a clear reason for existence and instills a logical equilibrium for life reflecting reasonable belief in God as creator, sustainer, and source of human life. Consequently, God’s intention is at the center of the initial act of creating life and is the active force before and after everything occurring in life.
An important model from a Christian world-view providing definition to this proposition is intelligent design, which “is a theory that rejects the theory of natural selection, arguing that the complexities of the universe and of all life suggest an intelligent cause in the form of a supreme creator. It’s all for him” (intelligent design) . Making application of belief in intelligent design in creation presupposes that God existed before creation and is the designer, as well as, catalyst for design and creation of the world where humans exist. As a result, the basic assumption in the argument for a supreme creator suggests reason for creation lay within the creator of humans and not with the creation. Therefore, intelligent design implicates a watershed principle that God is the imperative reason for existence of all living creatures and inanimate matter. Consequently, among those who believe in creation, recognizing God at the center of all creation moderates a rationale for life on based purpose –design not on random chance, which sustains belief in purposeful existence and an objective through existence.
Making sense of the rationale for existence:
On the other hand, if you are the person who believes natural selection governs existence or the result of biological migration from one life form to the next, here is something to consider. It will be hard to envision any reason for existence other than the biological, physical, and random events in present experience of life contained within the choices and goals we set for accomplishment. Within this point of view, a central theme is that humanity is at the center of existence. Therefore, life purpose finds expression through the power of the will, beliefs, and choices exercised to create purposeful or meaningful existence. Indeed, it is a view of life, which puts forward an opinion that the substance of life is like a game of biological and humanistic chance. A belief in humanistic philosophy (4.Humanism) holds a very limited hope for effective outcome without the good fortune from choices. As a result, life experience is lessens in scope to random choice predicted by biology, individual choices, and timing of events. The outcome is a life with a sort of a fatalistic outlook where human ingenuity, genetic structure, and random events forecast an inevitable life within certain circumstances. Undoubtedly then, existence functions in a manner that is limited to a subset of systems on different levels at work in human existence. Therefore, existence, by this definition, is an existence within a given culture, time, and environment that is limited to humanity apart from intelligent design. Unquestionably, the rationale for existence is reduced to a quantifiable product of random events intersecting with biological human experience in a set of unknowable variables in life.
In contrast to humanism, the content of conservative Christian Theology advocates for meaning and purpose intricately related to God’s intention within His Divine reason for human existence. The contrast to natural selection is the point of view within Christian Theology This point of view states unequivocally that life is a unique creation of God with divinely inspired reason as a basis for existence. To be sure, at a very basic level, the elementary reasoning communicates that there is an intended purposeful relationship. It is an intended –purposeful relationship revealed through the redemptive power of a relationship to God in Jesus Christ resulting in a transformational life that is both spiritual and eternal. Consequently, the work of God performed in Christ to achieve a purpose that biological function cannot achieve for man at his highest level of functioning, chances, or choices.
Consider what John, the Apostle said about God’s reasoning in existence:
In contrast to a secular world-view, there is a well-reasoned rationale within the Christian world-view for believing that life and existence are not an accident of biology, but rather a product of reasoning originating with God. In support of this perspective, John 1:1 refers to the Logos of God, which delineates, “a word, being the expression of a thought …a broad term meaning, ‘reasoning expressed by words”. Furthermore, John 1:1, ff. says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” An essential conclusion in the record of John is that the reasoning of God is the rationale beneath “making” all things. Therefore, in John’s record, the preceding idea that predates creation is the Logos (reasoning) of God.
Accordingly, it is reasoning expressed in the choice of words selected to portray God’s concept that describe purpose and design in creation. For this reason, the selection of words and arrangement of concept through language uses a picture portrayed that describes Christ, as the reason that stands above. Furthermore, Christ’s description is with language indicating His preexistence before and beyond time as the very substance of creation, as well as, creation that initiated the concept of existential time. Indeed, the suggestion is that reasoning by words command the interpretation that delineate that the Logos of God predated time, creation, the earth, and existence of humanity. Without a doubt, by words and concept His reasoning express a purpose –design by God presented through creation and revealed in the disclosure of Christ. In support of this, John asserts several important factors about God’s reasoning.
First, a fundamental reason declared by John is that the purpose for creation correlates to God’s purpose in Christ in a cohesive concept and executed plan. The concept and plan reveal redemption as objective truth, which preexisted time and human creation as an essential reason within the plan of God for creation. Therefore, the logical rationale introduced by John is that the activity in creation is as central to God’s purpose in creation, as redemption is to God’s purpose in Christ. Therefore, John concludes that creation is not a random accident of molecular mutation, but a purposeful expression of the creator revealing His purpose in the creation demonstrating a rationale for revealing God’s purpose in redemption.
Obviously, the point made is that His Spirit intimately connects God’s general purpose in human creation to God’s specific purpose in drawing people into a relationship with a sovereign and eternal God that brings glory to Him. When John speaks of Christ, He speaks of Him as the light of men, as well as, the light of the world. In consideration of the light that is spoken of, a “light, a source of light, radiance” that brings spiritual illumination to existence in an understanding of God’s glorious purpose for the believer. Therefore, the life that God purposes through Christ is a life motivated by a spiritual life that a believer grows into through the process of discipleship and personal development. Accordingly, the object of God’s design is switching from a life lived for self interest to a life that is lived by God’s design being revealed through a life of surrender, sacrifice, and service.
Living For God’s Glory Is The Greatest Achievement We Can Accomplish With Our Lives.
In like manner, the position that a person must take in life leads to the place where the light comes on and revelation enables spiritual awakening to come. It is in that moment that believers come alive spiritually because there is a realization that life is not about following some biological urge or environment conditioning to achieve some temporal goal. On the other hand, the awareness comes that the central reason for existence suddenly focuses upon God and His plan. From that moment on, everything that happens in our existence is because of Him, by Him, and through Him, and for His glory. As a result, life importance and events translate into one simple statement, “That it is all about Him”. For this reason, Theologians label this a theocentric view of existence, which situates God at the center of everything in our world. What is evident is the only sound reason for existence and the only meaningful way to organize life into a purposeful existence centers in a relationship with God. Consequently, in this moment that connects unique creation and the ultimate goal of life leads back to the principle that is man’s chief aim, “To bring glory to God and enjoy him forever” (Baptist Catechism). Consequently, the rationale of God centered faith and trust infuses life with intentionality to fulfill the purpose of creation.
intelligent design. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved February 08, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/intelligent design
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