What is our purpose in life? Many great thinkers of the ages have struggled with the answers to this hard question. Scrutiny seems to simply cause more inquiry such as: How and why does the Lord create evil or allow it? Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?
If there is a loving God who loves us, why does He allow so many bad things to happen – causing people to want to exit the planet? Suicides are now epidemic with all the ugliness, pain, and suffering in the world. Victims of this horrible resolution have even infected our youth at an alarming rate.
One individual who suffered from doubt and lack of hope was C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century. During his teenage and apostate years, he felt that the strongest force for atheism was expressed in a poem of Lucretius:
“Had God designed the world, it would not be A world so frail and faulty as we see.” Lucretius
How can we help individuals who are void of hope? How can we best help ourselves and one another better understand the purpose of life? How can we best help people who are suicidal? The soul is eternal, and suicide will only lead to regret on the other side of the veil.
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