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Friday, May 30, 2008

Life’s Great Question – WHY?

By: Donald Yates

Who Does God Reveal Himself To? The great question "Why" has forever been upon the lips of man as he ponders his own existence. Those few who have been able to answer this question were quietly passed by, unheeded, in the struggle for survival. The whys of the world is why we seek answers. Why is easy, God experiences Himself through His creation. He reveals himself to himself by experiencing himself. Sound, far fetched? Think about it. Who is God revealing himself to? Why would he have to reveal himself to anyone or anything? God is self contained, self motivated, in need of nothing, continually creating, and formulates all the rules. He doesn’t need to impress anyone, has no spouse or enemies – woe you say, what about Satan? Ha, nothing exist outside God, so God created Satan to complete his own experience. The fact is, good can’t exist without bad, there would be no reference point – one has to exist for the other to exist.

What Is The Meaning Of Life? Why brings the question of What. What is the meaning of life in the first place? Why create life extending into the future without purpose? Scholars, Professors, Theologians, great Religious leaders, have pondered this question from the dawn of time yet, no one can agree on its true meaning. Man is the catalyst, the go between, the deciding factor. Man decides, and creates an effect while God experiences the result.

Man struggles along the path of life with a heavy heart and bleeding feet only to find in the end the grave awaits. He harbors resentment, a sense of incompetence which besets his every avenue; and in his blind groping he lifts his hands in speechless anguish, and his weary cries stir the air with supplications to an apparently unheeding God. Where art thou oh Lord? Why do you forsake me in my hour of testing? And man shakes his fist at a God he no longer understands, because he is no longer willing to surrender. Man has become disconnected, disengaged in God’s creation. His greatest achievement gone astray, turned inward, crippled in his own self calamity.

. Why Do People Have To Suffer? Why the suffering, the sorrow, the sin, the sickness and a lifetime of trouble, only to be met at last by the grim and sinister tomb? Why are people destitute, troubled and unforgiving? Who can comfort in the loss of a child or see solace in the eyes of a dieing mother. Why do people inflict pain on each other for personal gain? And the tomb awaits, silent, cold, steadfast for man’s last performance.

Why, why, why? Man seeks wisdom only to discover foolishness; he seeks the learned only to find a lack of wisdom. Why, why, why? His cry has appeared to go forth into an empty void.

A Cry From The Soul But wait! from somewhere within, a whisper of an answer comes, some subtle inner sense of things; some unknown presence has surfaced to give an answer as a still small voice speaks, "Man, know thyself." And the inner man, gently prompts and prods as man goes wandering along in his own self indulgence. God has not turned away from man, it is man who has turned away from God. And God silently grieves for the finest in his creation.

Is The Natural Man Lost? The Instinctive (natural) Man has again spoken and told this lost creature to search more deeply into his own nature; the soul; to look deep within himself for the answer to life. Enter the closet and seek God’s answers for the hour has come in the progress of man when he can understand this voice and do its bidding. And if you are right with God, the answers will come, although at times, they will not be the ones you sought.

Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

We no longer have to cry in torment, we Know. We no longer need to ask if there is a God, or if we dare to speak to Him; we do not analyze, dissect, affirm, or deny, We know. We trust in God because first we "Know in whom we have believed." The sooner the one who is seeking realizes that truth must be revealed through his own soul, and not that of another, the sooner he will attain solace.

Is It Right To Prosper? Health, happiness and Success belongs to the children of God because they are the heirs of God’s promise. If His created creature has indeed become His adopted children then they have dominion over the creation through His promise. It is mankind who has dominion over the earth and everything in it, not Satan.

For sin shall not have dominion of dominance over you: for you enact the law through his grace.

What about life, how do you, as a God fearing person overcome worldly temptations? How do you fit in with non-believing family members, co-workers, friends, and the rest of the world? First off, let’s look at the makeup of man and the areas he must master to be a true Achiever.

"He who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves"

In the next article we will delve deeper into the mysteries of life as they impact the makeup of a believer. We will take one more step into the uncovering of the human spirit/soul connection and its importance as a broader, deepening of understanding within a material/spirit world.

Happy Trails

Donald Yates, Former Director of Leadership and Development for the First Baptist Church of Crossville, and Business Development coordinator for Imperial Research , is now retired but continues to engage life through self discovery. SAVE GAS!Run Your Car On WATER! - - Join Other Successful Women

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