Meaning of life

Thank you, all! Thank you! Hello. Welcome and thank you all very much for beingpart of our studio audience here today. Welcome and greetings to all those who arejoining us on DirecTV as well as online, on the Internet. Hello to everyone and welcome. I’m Brother Bob Pellien, Minister of theGospel here in the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Church Of Christ, and welcome to this livetaping of That’s In The Bible. Thank you for being our live studio audience. We just want to thank you for not only justbeing here today, but for helping us reach out to the world and making them know theChurch Of Christ and the teachings of God we embrace inside the Church Of Christ fromhere in the Holy Scriptures. Here in the program That’s In The Bible,we receive questions just about every topic imaginable, from well pretty much all partsof the globe. And we always turn here to the Holy Biblefor the answers to any and all of the questions that we receive, as we will be doing togetherthis afternoon, this day, as well. Our question for today, first of all, comesfrom; actually, there are two individuals that have posed this question.

First is Mr. Chuck Swift and well as CynithiaDycus. They bring up a subject that, well, I’msure many ponder, have pondered on before, concerns the meaning of life. Lets listen together how they pose the question. Chuck Swift: When living this life, seeingthe ups and the downs, and you know the happiest we can be to as low as life can get, are wesupposed to be saved in this world like Jesus Christ? Or are we meant to live through this lifeand experience whatever it might be? And my question is, how doyou know when your life has been fulfilled? They ask it in different ways,but to sum it up they’re asking questions about what’s the meaning of life? How do you know when it’s going to be fulfilled? How do you know when its purpose has beenmet? What is the meaning of life? There have been people that have, let’ssay they’ve gained fame, they’ve gained honor, they have amassed great wealth, butstill they find themselves discontented. They find themselves unfulfilled. They find themselves just not satisfied. Regardless of who we are it’s become, let’scall it a universal human drive to assign meaning to our being. So what are some of the ways that people thinkthey can give meaning to their life? Studio audience, those of you here with ushere in the studio audience, what do you think? What is a way by which people strive to givemeaning?

What do you think would give meaning to aperson’s life? We’ve asked that question and get all kindsof different answers. How about from anyone in the studio audiencetoday? What gives life meaning? What would be one? Anybody? AUDIENCE: Family. Brother Bob: Sure, family, children. Others might think of what? Concerning their careers. What would they want for their career in orderto give meaning to their life? AUDIENCE: Success. Brother Bob: Success, precisely, whether it’smoney, success, family, have a good career, have a good job. They will innumerate many things like thatand measure the condition of their purpose in life by such things. But really, will those things give any truemeaning to our lives? What is the meaning of our life? Our purpose? What are we here for? So that’s the question that they have posed. That’s the question we pose together rightnow and we turn to Isaiah 22:13 to begin our study. The Prophet Isaiah responds like this: Instead, you laughed and celebrated. You killed sheep and cattle to eat, and youdrank wine. You said, “We might as well eat and drink! Tomorrow we’ll be dead.” So for many, what’s life mean to them? What did they find in life to give themselvespurpose? The meaning of life for so many is that havenot yet, let’s say, they have not yet found the focal point for their spiritual energies. So their conclusion, “well let’s eat. Let’s drink.” It’s like kind of an excuse or justificationfor fulfilling all of their human impulses.

Their purpose in life becomes, and I thinkwe know people like this; their purpose in life becomes self-gratification. To become most comfortable, to become, yes,most comfortable. I said the best way of saying it, right? But for those who possess this kind of principle,what kind of principle will they be embracing concerning the value of their life? How would they say would their life will becomesignificant? It’s not just a waste. Then what is their meaning, their meaningor what’s the meaning of life? What is the purpose of their life? Let’s continue in King Solomon’s pronouncementson this important topic here in, we’re going to read Ecclesiastes, chapter 5, verses 18and 19. Here is what I have found out: the best thingwe can do is eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for during the short life thatGod has given us; this is our fate. If God gives us wealth and property and letsus enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for. It is a gift from God. And I think all of us know people that thinkthis way. They even have a term for that nowadays. They call it “YOLO.” Come on studio audience, what’s YOLO? AUDIENCE: You only live once. Brother Bob: Yeah, you only live once. So you only live once.

“Live for the moment,” they would say. “Well God allowed us to acquire this, Godallowed us to acquire that, He allowed us to do this, to do that, it’s fun, enjoyable. So let’s eat, drink, and be marry. YOLO!” We all know people like that. Studio audience, what do you say? You know somebody like that? Audience: Yes. Brother Bob: I’m not going to ask if you’relike that. OK, I promise I will not ask that. But why do they consider this as their lifeprinciple though? Or that the valuable way of thinking in theirmindset, the best thing that they can do in their life is to eat, drink, and be merry,live for the moment. It’s because they are aware, as we justread there, that life is very short. So they want to fulfill it. They want to live it to the fullest. They say, “It’s short so let’s do itall.” For them life can really only have significanceor importance if they’re enjoying it. If they’re not enjoying it, it can’t bevaluable. That’s their way of thinking. But do people with this way of thinking, dothey really understand yet? Ok I want to emphasize that word “yet.” Do they really understand yet the true meaningof life and the purpose of our existence? We’re not here just to wake up everyday,eat, breathe, go to sleep and wake up on another new day and do the same thing. That’s not it.

How many of you think, here in the studioaudience, how many viewing us from abroad or anywhere else in the world, how many ofyou think that those who have the YOLO mindset, how many think they got it all figured outand they’re on the right track? How many think that way? Do you think a high percentage of people inthe world do entertain that way of thinking? What do you say? AUDIENCE: Yes. Brother Bob: Yes, yes. There is a lot who are thinking that way. Is there any example in the Holy Scripturesof someone who had that way of thinking and then the LORD gave some response and somecouncil that we can all benefit from learning or reading about that encounter? Well obviously there is and I’d like totake a moment to read that. It’s recorded here in the Book of Luke,chapter 12, verses 16 through 19. Then Jesus told them his parable: “Therewas once a rich man who had land which bore good crops. He began to think to himself, ‘ I don’thave a place to keep all my crops. What can I do? This is what I will do,’ he told himself;‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and allmy other goods. Then I will say to myself, ‘Lucky man! You have all the good things you need formany years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’ Well, here’s one example, right? Who was it? Who was the example mentioned here? How does the Bible describe this individual? Audience: Rich man. Brother Bob: Rich man. What was he thinking? That might seem like a responsible thing thathe said, right? “I’m going to build bigger barns and I’mgoing to hoard everything that I got and I’m going to save it all,” right? “Then I’m going to eat, and then I’mgoing to drink and enjoy all of it.” So let’s see. What did God say to him? How’d that work out for him with that wayof thinking? “I got all this. Now I’m just going to enjoy it all.” Especially when it comes to his eternal life,when it comes to his salvation, was simply having a bigger barn, was simply eating anddrinking and enjoying the moment, YOLO, huh? Well let’s just repeat the question.

How well will that work out for him? We read up to verse 19. Let’s read this time verse 20. But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up yourlife; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’” So here was someone who was living that entertaining,or let’s say, embracing that way of thinking. “Just eat, drink, and be married. Live for the moment. That’s what will give my life meaning. If I’m enjoying it then it’s got a purpose.” Well what did God say to the rich man whohad that way of thinking? What did he call it? AUDIENCE: Fool. OK, studio audience, raise your hand if you’refoolish. Uh huh. Of course no body is going to raise theirhand, right? No body would want to acknowledge that theyare foolish. And it’s not we who would be accusing andwhat are calling anyone of being foolish. That was God through the conversation thatthe LORD had with the he had with that rich man telling him it would be foolish to entertainthat way of thinking or to think that life’s purpose ends or simply rooted upon enjoyingthe life the LORD has given to us. So those who would think that their life wouldbe meaningful if they would spend it in marry making, eating, drinking, they were calledfools in the sight of God because they don’t yet possess an important understanding. They don’t have an understanding yet ofthe true and real reason for life and our existence.

They do not yet know the meaning and significanceof life. But, beloved studio audience with us, everyone,there is hope, there is always hope for our knowledge to grow, our understanding to deepen. So what then must everyone realize in orderfor life to become truly meaningful, for one to have purpose? Ecclesiastes chapter 11. Ecclesiastes chapter 11, this time verse 9. We turn to the Holy Scriptures again for theBible’s response. Young people, enjoy your youth. So allow me to pause. Is God against anybody enjoying life? No He’s not opposed to that. enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. So is God against people being happy, what do you say? AUDIENCE: No. He’s not against that. Now let’s read from the beginning. Young people, enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do and follow your heart’sdesire. But remember that God is going to judge youfor whatever you do. Dear friends, what then is going to give lifemeaning? If it’s not just enjoying every moment thatwe are here in this world we’ve got to know that everything that we are doing, just likewhat we have just read, everything that we are doing in this day to day existence hereis going to be judged by God. Everything we say, everything we do has purpose,has meaning, once a person realizes that what we say and what we are doing is importantto God and, in fact, will be judged by Him.

That’s what will give life meaning. That’s what will give a person purpose. That’s what will give importance to whatwe do each and everyday of our life, each and every moment that we are alive. But where does the Bible further explain thispoint? I’d like to turn to this time to the writingsof Apostle Paul where he gave some additional insight on this. 2nd Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 10 readsthis way: Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God,regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’scoming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. “You only live once. Eat, drink, and be married. Do what you want to do,” they will say. “Live your life in any way that you wantto. We are free!” What cannot be forgotten if we want to havelife mean something is that we are going to have to answer for every action that we take. The Bible describes very clearly there tous. We’ll be standing before the judgment seatof the LORD and we’re going to be judged, not regarding by simply what we believe inby what we know is good, what we believe is the right thing for us to say, the right thingfor us to do, but whether or not we are doing it! Whether we had done good things or done badthings, that is the determining factor whether or not what we have done is relevant and makesour life meaningful. And of course we should note, God doesn’tset us up to fail.

He provides us guidance in this life so that,well, our life will truly have value, it will truly have meaning. And what is it that God wants all of us tolearn? What does He want us all to remember so thatyour life, my life, our life, will have meaning to it? What does He want us to understand what somany just haven’t grasped yet? But it’s our prayer that everyone here inthis studio audience, and everyone watching us every where around the world will understandwhat God wants us to understand. And what is that? Let’s take a look here in Ecclesiastes chapter12, we’ll read here first verse 1 where it says: So remember your Creator while you are stillyoung, before those dismal days and years come when you will say, “I don’t enjoylife.” What’s God’s instruction? He said well, remember Him, remember yourCreator while you are still young. Well what does it mean to remember God? Can we call that, some may ask the question,can we really call that a purpose? Can we really say that that gives meaningto life? Remembering God? Can we call that our purpose in life? Well let’s continue the same chapter. He went on further to say in verse 13 this: After all this, there is only one thing tosay: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we werecreated for. Remember that He created us. Remember the purpose for which we have beencreated, that we will come to know him, that we will come to serve Him, that we will beobedient to Him and that everything that we do in this life we will be judged and He willdecided whether or not we are ready and worthy to enter His kingdom. That gives our life and the things we do meaning. And to conclude I’d like to read the sameverse in another rendition of the Holy Scriptures. Ecclesiastes chapter 12, verse 13, which wejust read. I’ll read 13 again and include verse 14. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment,with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Dear friends, that’s it. We are here for a purpose. It’s not just YOLO, just live for the momentand never mind anything. Just make sure to grab for all the self-gratificationthat one may acquire in this life. That is not the end all for humanity. The meaning of life is valuable; life itselfis valuable because it can be used to show to the LORD we’re fulfilling our duty toknow Him, to understand Him, to serve Him, to be obedient and to be judged worthy toenter His kingdom on the Day of Judgment. If we just eat drink and be merry and dieat the end of it all then we’re no different then any other animal or biological entitythat lives on planet earth. No different at all and we would have thesame end. Anyone in denial of that, their search forthe true meaning of life and justification of their existence would be an abject failure. Their tomorrow, live for today, for tomorrowwe will die mindset and outlook on life will have caused them to live their life basedupon a wrong principle. A wrong principle, which they ended up followingand they adopted and led their lives by it. Therefore they end up confused about the purposeof their life. So they attempt to give their life meaning,to give their life importance, and all the self-gratifying ways imaginable. So to really give life, to conclude, to reallygive life meaning and importance we need to learn God’s ways, live our life guided bythem, and bring our self to be worthy therefore of true life, real life, eternal life withHim in His kingdom. A place much different than life we experiencehere in this world. Join in our continued study of God’s commands,most especially all of you who are guests and listening and joining with us in our studyfor the first time. Join in our continued Bible study of God’steachings.

The Bible, it’s full of God’s teachingsand instructions about life and the journey that we travel through this life that maybe filled with all kinds of trials and tests of our perseverance that God allows us toexperience in this temporary world. We thank you for joining us. We thank you for the questions that were sentin. We encourage everyone to also send in yourvideo questions just like they did. You can just video yourself posing any kindof question and we will use it on this program. Just like always, turn to the Holy Scripturesand there, together, we’ll find the LORD’s answer and response is teaching to us thatwill guide and direct us in our journey in this life because there’s no question thatis too basic, no question that cannot be answered by the Holy Scriptures when it comes to ourlives, to our salvation. If you’d like to know more about the basicfundamental teachings that we believe in and are found here inside the Church Of Christ,please visit our website. What’s our website? Audience: INCmedia.org Brother Bob: Yes, correct. INCmedia.org. You can send your video questions to answers@incmedia.org and you can see your questions answered right here on, what program? Audience: That’s In The Bible! Brother Bob: Thank you for joining us in thisepisode of That’s In The Bible. We’ll see you again next time.

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