The most basic question of existence is: What is this world about?
Why does this world and this universe exist? What is the meaning of it all? The believer and the non-believer have two distinctly different answers to those questions. The difference can be summarized in the difference between life and death.
For the non-believer, the watchword of the world is death. For the believer, the key word is life. The believer's world view is a story of life -- life created, life destroyed by sin and life recreated in the resurrection of the dead.
Let's deal with the question of origins. Specifically, we'll deal with the "why." How do non-believers answer questions concerning both the beginning and end of the universe?
British physicist, James Jean remarked, "the end of the journey cannot be other than universal death."
The believer sees the world and its inhabitants differently. That death is the normal state and is our fate is the opposite of Bible teaching.
According to scripture, life is the normal state. Death is the abnormal state.
In the beginning, the living God, created a living universe, dominated by a living creatures destined for eternal life.
The universe has meaning. The universe has a definite origin and purpose. The subject of life is the dominant emphasis in the first few chapters of Genesis. On day three of creation, God created the living vegetable kingdom. On days five and six, he created "every living creature that moves." On the sixth day, he made the final living creature – man. And in the middle of his creation, God placed the symbol of his purpose and plan for man and the universe – the tree of life.
Consider the life existing on our planet Earth. The moon is a rocky, barren satellite. But Earth is populated with living trees, grass, flowers even the weeds that we do not appreciate.
What is the purpose of these living plants? They are for man to subdue and use. What makes man this important? Man is the only creature made in the image of the living God and who can have companionship with his creator.
The purpose of all creation is to serve, love and commune with the living God forever. This is the believer's world view.
Life is the purpose, focus and meaning of our world. The goal of creation is man as a living creature, made in the image of God for the purpose of communion with and service to God.
Jay Craig of Shelbina, Mo., has worked with Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch for nearly 40 years. He's a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Craig attended Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, Mo. He can be contacted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.