I stood in the dimly lit nightclub in one of its corners holding my drink of Bacardi and Diet Coke.
I scanned the familiar room with the music glaring.
At the bar was a man whispering into the ear of an attractive woman, trying to impress her with funny jokes.
Waitresses were taking intoxicating drinks to customers throughout the nightclub as many of them were trying to drink their problems away.
This had become my lifestyle for the past two years of my life.
But this one night that I’m telling you about would be the climax that would make me question life and all it had to offer:
- Is this ALL that life has to offer?
- Why do I feel so empty?
- What is the meaning of life?
Do You Want To Know The Meaning of Life?
Million’s of people want to know the meaning of life, but they are too stuck in a rut to do something about it.
They go about their busy lives going from one activity to another hoping their busyness would help them forget the emptiness they’re feeling.
But you are different.
You’re a curious person.
You’re also likely to be the kind of person that likes to take action.
After all, you’re here reading this blog post.
I’m glad that you are because if you don’t discover the meaning of life, then you’ll end up with a life full of regrets.
- Not doing what you’ve been put on this earth to do
- Not having meaningful relationships
- Not living your dreams
So first, let’s talk about Einstein’s definition of the meaning of life.
Was Einstein Right About The Meaning of Life?
After all, Einstein was one of the smartest guys on the planet so it might be worth your time to look at what he said about the meaning of life.
Here is an excerpt of a letter that Einstein wrote in one of his letters in which the writer was asking him about the meaning of life:
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.
~ Albert Einstein
So here is my interpretation of what Einstein is saying in this passage:
- We have experiences in life that are made up of thoughts and feelings
- Our experiences are an optical delusion because of our conscience that imprisons us
- Our task (meaning of life or purpose in life) is to free ourselves from this prison
- We can free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion and embracing all living creatures
- No one will ever be able to liberate themselves from their prison fully, but making meaningful progress is what counts
So, do you agree with Einstein’s meaning of life?
In my opinion, I don’t think you’ll get satisfaction out of attempting to breakout of a prison that you’ll never be able to get out of fully (at least according to Einstein).
By the way, many of my writings on my blog are just my opinions.
I make a conscious effort not to be overly dogmatic.
Don’t get me wrong; I do believe that the positions that I hold are true and factual.
But I’m just not the kind of person who is set out to prove you wrong just for the sake of proving myself right.
I LOVE meeting people from all sorts of different backgrounds and having meaningful conversations about life.
So Listen, Here’s the Meaning of Life, in My Opinion
When I was a kid, I remember visiting an orphanage with my grandmother.
I remember walking through the gates of the orphanage, holding my grandmother’s hand, and seeing a bunch of kids playing in an outdoors area.
Some children were playing hide and seek.
Some boys were playing soccer.
And some girls were playing with a jump rope.
I remember looking at these kids and thinking, “Even though on the outside these kids look happy, on the inside, they must be feeling sad. That’s because they are orphans.”
Similarly, when you and I are born in this world, we are born orphans – not physically but spiritually.
You were meant to be born with a spiritual relationship to your Heavenly Father (God).
But that relationship is broken. It’s broken because of something called sin.
Sin is like a cup of dirty water.
It’s no longer clear but filled with dirt, and you can’t drink from it.
How Dirty is Your Cup of Water? (Take This Quiz)
To find out how much sin you’ve done in your life, just answer these few questions:
1. How many lies have you told in your life?
Personally, through all my years of living, I’m going to guess that I’ve told more than 10,000 lies.
From the times I lied to my mom about eating the last cookie, to the time I changed my grades on my report card with a pen, and tried to pass them as my real grades.
Yes, I did that. Obviously, I wasn’t a very smart kid, LOL.
Even as a teenager and an adult, I lied a lot because I was a people-pleaser and I didn’t like hurting people’s feelings.
How about you?
How many lies have you told in your life so far?
Keep a mental note of your own number.
God says that we shouldn’t lie, but yet we lie so easily, readily, and often.
2. How many people have you hated in your life?
Personally, I think I have hated about 10 people in my entire life.
When I was a kid, there used to be a group of kids that made fun of me regularly because I was fat.
They even had a nickname for me that wasn’t very nice.
I can still remember that nickname to this day because it was very hurtful.
I hated those kids.
When I grew up, I had a couple of bosses and co-workers that I hated because I thought they were such terrible people.
God says that if you hate someone, then that is the same as murdering them in your heart.
God says we should not murder anyone through hate.
How about you?
How many people have you hated in your life?
Keep a mental note of your answer.
3. Have you stolen something either big or small?
When I was a kid, I stole a toy from a toy store.
But then my mom found out and made me return it.
As I was growing up and going to different friends houses, sometimes I would conveniently “forget” one of their toys and take it home with me.
I know, I know, I’m a terrible person!
Even when I got older, and I was working for different companies, I used to take pens and staples from work and take them home for my personal use.
I used to justify my actions by saying that the company I worked for was rich and wouldn’t notice if I borrowed a few office supplies and never returned them.
Plus, I would think that was just a part of my compensation package.
Obviously, God says that we shouldn’t steal.
So how many things have you stolen in your life?
Keep a mental note of your answer.
On to the last question.
4 Have you had sex outside of marriage?
God invented sex, and His requirements are that it’s to be enjoyed only inside the context of marriage.
So if you’ve had sex outside of wedlock, then that is a sin.
And if you haven’t had sex outside of marriage but have just thought about it in your mind, then that is a sin too.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
– Mathew 5:27-28
How many times have you just thought about having sex with people who are not your husband or your wife?
If I’m totally transparent with you, then I must have had more than 1,000,000 lustful thoughts throughout my life time.
Whoa, that’s a lot!
But what can I say, I’m a BIG sinner.
How about you?
How many times have you had sex outside of marriage or had lustful sexual thoughts?
Keep a mental note of your answer.
You Might Be Thinking, “Peter, But We ALL Do These Things, So What’s The Big Deal!”
Yes, you are right, we ALL do most of these things and then some.
But the problem is that of the “leaf in a burning forest.”
Here, let me explain.
Imagine you’re in a forest admiring all the trees.
As you’re looking at the beautiful scenery, you notice that a leaf falls from the tree and onto the ground.
All of a sudden, a fire breaks out in the forest and starts heading towards that leaf.
Would you agree that the leaf has no chance of surviving once the fire touches it?
Would you agree that the leaf will get burned up in the fire?
I hope you said yes.
You see, that’s the same thing with God.
God is an all-consuming fire, and we are leaves in His presence (Hebrews 12:29).
God is holy, just, righteous, and perfect.
Because of our sin, we will get consumed if we ever stand in His presence.
When we stand before God and get judged for all the things we’ve done in our lives, God will see all the sins that we’ve done, and we’ll go to hell.
Hell is a terrible place, filled with agony, and pain.
But God doesn’t want us to go to hell.
Going back to our leaf in the burning forest, if the leaf is placed in a fireproof capsule, then it can withstand the fire.
Jesus is your fireproof capsule that will protect you from the fire.
If you put on the fireproof capsule over your life, then you’ll be saved from the fires of hell.
All you have to do is:
- Admit that you’re a sinner (1 John 1:9)
- Believe Jesus is God’s Son and that God sent Jesus to pay the penalty for your sin (believe that He is your fireproof capsule John 14:6)
- Confess your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior (put on Jesus as your fireproof capsule Romans 10:9-10, 13)
That’s The Meaning of Life
Once you’ve done that, then God will adopt you as His child.
You will no longer be a spiritual orphan, but you’ll have a heavenly Father.
That is the meaning of life – to go from being a spiritual orphan to being adopted as a part of God’s family.
You’ll be accepted as a part of a small group of people who get to call God, “Father,” and who call each other in the family, “brother,” and “sister.”
Once you’ve become a child of God, God will show you what you were put on this earth to do.
God has a special work for you to do while you are still alive on this earth.
Doing that work and fulfilling that purpose is the most meaningful thing that you can do with your life.
Here’s What People Are Saying About No Longer Being Spiritual Orphans
Tens of thousands of individuals just like you have decided to no longer be spiritual orphans.
They have become adopted into God’s family.
Here are some of their stories and what they have to say about giving their life over to God.
Feel free to watch as many of these true stories as you like as this video is a compilation of them.
Ready to Take The Next Step?
If you no longer want to be a spiritual orphan and you want to become adopted by your Heavenly Father, then here’s what you need to do next:
- Pray and admit to your Heavenly Father that you’re a sinner (just like me too)
- Pray and ask your Heavenly Father for forgiveness
- Pray and confess to your Heavenly Father that you believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and your Savior
Need Personal Help or Got a Question?
Feel free to leave a comment or…
You can message me privately by sending me a message on my contact page.
So why did I write this article?
I wrote this article because I love you.
Yes, I love you even though I’ve never met you.
Believe it or not, this blog post took me more than 10 hours to put together.
I know this article looks simple.
I’m just not the smartest guy in the world, and neither am I the sharpest tool in the shed, so writing blog posts like this takes me a long time.
- I don’t make any money from writing this article
- I’m not asking you to join a cult
- I have nothing to benefit from writing this blog post
So why else would I write it?
Because I love you 💗.
Please consider me your friend.
I’m here to help you any way I can 🙂 .
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