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The purpose of life

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by frbnsn, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. frbnsn

    frbnsn Member

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    What is the purpose of life, according to you?
     
  2. Howard Is

    Howard Is Lucky Mud

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    ‘Life’ is not an entity, and thus purpose does not apply.

    For individual entities there isn’t ‘a purpose’. There are many ephemeral conditional purposes.

    We swing from tree to tree.
     
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  3. frbnsn

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    I believe the purpose of life is to develop a virtuous character.
     
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  5. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    The purpose to life is living.
     
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  6. Phaedrus

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    The purpose of life is discovered in its verb state whereby we simply live it.
     
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    The purpose is probably a secret or an unknown, but life is good enough that being life is a good enough purpose.
     
  8. Stevicus

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  9. whirlingmerc

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    Man is made uniquely in creation to reflect on and reflect the glory of God,
    to know God and enjoy Him forever.

    A song:

    Above all Powers: Love pleased love, loving even me
    (lyrics fix attempt of a popular Christian song ):

    Before all others, there God, the one
    And in that glory was love between father and a son
    Communion. joy majesty and care
    it would fill eternity to share.

    chorus
    Coming from the throne joy poured out a song,
    worlds were born to make His story known
    Painting praise through stars and mouths of littlest ones,
    and roses reflecting his glory, ruined and fallen on the ground, He picked them up, breathed on them then wove into His crown.
    He picked me up and wove me into His crown.
    love pleased love to love even me

    Before any angel or any star
    Before any creature would magnify his worth
    There were heights and depths and breadths in God
    it would take profound mercy to show.

    (may read... or skip)
    I heard God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life
    I thought his gifts were all about me
    But I was wrong

    (may read for contrast)
    Before all confusion, before all tears,
    Before all sadness and the hunger games began
    Before my fears, my prayer, before my highest hopes
    Love pleased love to make a way for me to come home
    Death will die A bride prepared for a beloved son
    Purified, radiant and in love
    Emptied himself, despising my thorns and for joy laid his own life down

    (sing)
    Crucified, laid behind a stone
    Lived to die, rejected and alone
    My shield, guide and friend picked me up and leads me on
    , a prize for his name sake, to heights of Himself
    I treasure him, he treasures me
    I am His and the one from, through, to and for are all things,
    He is mine

    (may read for contrast)
    You make the going out of morning and evening shout for joy
    that hearts at the ends of this earth may be in awe of your work
    Yet so much more will the sunset and sunrise of the Son of God
    fill hearts with marveling, love mercy, and praise into the ages of the ages
    Beyond all

    chorus
    Coming from the throne joy poured out a song,
    worlds were born to make His story known
    Painting praise through stars and mouths of littlest ones,
    and roses reflecting his glory, ruined and fallen on the ground, He picked them up, breathed on them then wove into His crown.
    He picked me up and wove me into His crown.
    love pleased love to love even me
     
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    Continuation three-leaves.jpg
     
  11. Landon Caeli

    Landon Caeli What's your stoyle?

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    Just like individual lives grow and advance into adulthood, the entirety of life is to grow to *be* God.

    ...The Catholic Church teaches us that one day, we will be gods.

    The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4): “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God” (St. Iranaeus, adv. haeres 3, 19, 1: PG 7/1, 939). “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God” (St. Athanasius, De inc., 54, 3: PG 25, 192B). “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Opusc., 57:1-4).
    Are We Gods?

    Theosis (Eastern Christian theology) - Wikipedia
     
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  12. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    There is no purpose to life. Just ask the universe and listen closely to the answer.

    There are personal goals, that's a whole different game
     
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  13. Epic Beard Man

    Epic Beard Man Bearded Philosopher

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    There really is no universal answer whether right or wrong because the idea of purpose varies from person to person. Sometimes finding our purpose requires a lifetime of searching.
     
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    Epic Beard Man Bearded Philosopher

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    I disagree. It is pretentious for a finite being that is a speck of dust in relation to existence itself to presume anything. We don't know what the universe wants. We have ideas but certainty of knowledge in that regard is not among them.
     
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    The purpose of life is life itself. God created us because he was lonely and it is his purpose for all of us to enter Heaven when we die, live together with God, and take part in the resurrection. Zechariah 14:5. God established a covenant of life with us and if we keep it we will live beyond this earthly life. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
     
  16. Howard Is

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    Yes we do.

    We are the universe living.
     
  17. Phaedrus

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    I cannot imagine a non-sentient universe wanting anything.
     
  18. Epic Beard Man

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    No. We are composed of dead star dust. We know our individual goals and dreams, well some of us do, but ultimately we don't know what our purpose is until it's revealed. Nobody goes through life knowing anything until it happens. When we see the universe or space we don't look and say we know why we exist unless we take some metaphysical/philosophical/religious position.
     
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  19. Howard Is

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    We are the universe living.
     
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    Gods in a sense of sharing in God's character and becoming like him in his communicable attributes but not in his incommunicable attributes I think is the meaning

    Alternative uses of gods in the Bible are interesting. 3 times in psalms there is a similar calling of corrupt leaders or false world views gods, best shown in English with a lower case g

    Ps 82 58 140 I think...
     
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