Joyce Holden

What is the meaning of life?

Religious Affiliation: Jehovah’s Witness

Date Submitted: January 17, 2019

Date of Birth: September 1, 1930

There was a time in my life when I wondered the very question you ask about the meaning of life and what it is.  I was 23 years old and was searching.  I had gone to church since I was 3 years old and never received good answers to my questions.  I met one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and started to study the Bible.

The Bible shows that our purpose in life is to build a friendship with God.  Consider some of these fundamental truths that the Bible reveals:

  • l God is our Creator, The Bible says: “It is God that has made us, and not we ourselves.” - Psalm 100:3; Rev. 4:11

  • God has a purpose for everything he creates, including us-Isaiah 45:18

  • God created us with a “spiritual need,” which includes the desire to find meaning in life (Matthew 5:3).  He wants us to satisfy that desire-Pslam 145:16

  • We fill our spiritual need by building a friendship with God.  Although the idea of being God’s friend might seem far-fetched to some, the Bible gives us this encouragement: “Draw close to God and he will draw close to you” - James 4:8

  • To become God’s friend, we must live in harmony with his purpose for us.  The Bible states this purpose at Ecclesiastes 12:13: “Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for “ - Good News Translation

  • In the future, we can experience in full God’s original purpose for us when he eliminates suffering and grants everlasting life to his friends on a paradise earth.  This is what Jesus prayed for. - Matthew 6:9,10; Psalm 37:10,11.

 

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