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Featured What is the purpose of life?

Discussion in 'Theological Concepts' started by Sharikind, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Brickjectivity

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    In theology purpose is a derived concept or a presumed one. In classical philosophical theology, purpose combined with chaos creates the world. This is the ancient model people have used to try and develop principles to pass on to future generations. Its Mesopatamian and Egyptian, but Western civilization takes that old model and reforms it or refines it or filters it. We say, no we do not accept a purpose given to us arbitrarily and seize it for ourselves. This is Adam and Eve taking the other fruit. This also the theft of fire from the gods. It is also the rejection of royal authority and the founding of a liberal society where property rights derive differently than before and where justice is absolute, not derived from government. Theologically, we may not have attained to our true purpose; but it is that which will change us into what we are becoming. It is therefore a guess in the theological system. In Christ, however, it is a specified goal with the details still being worked out.
     
  2. BSM1

    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    Exactly..
     
  3. George-ananda

    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta and Spiritualist and Pantheist
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    I don't claim to 'know'. It is from the teachings of the Masters I have come to most respect through careful consideration.
     
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    But there is no need for the universe. :shrug:

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    I believe an individual is free to choose their own purpose. My purpose is to solve problems and in solving problems to help other people. Ideally to the point where people can help themselves.
     
  6. BSM1

    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    Exactly.
     
  7. ChristineM

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    In the context of the universe, life has no purpose but is predicted as a result of entropy

    In the context of life, the purpose is to preserve it as long as possible by passing on your genes to the next generation
     
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  8. BSM1

    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    To what ends?
     
  9. ChristineM

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    Continue life
     
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    Yes of course: life goes on.
     
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    I don't 'know' either. I have, as it were, experienced a tiny whiff of "perfume", enough to cause me to dedicate myself to the search for the origin of the "perfume".
     
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    To live; to experience living.
     
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    I see the ultimate goal is to know and Love God.

    To do that one has to know their own true selves.

    Regards Tony
     
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    To reproduce...to persist...
     
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    Set by whom? I'd have thought most people provide themselves with a purpose in life.
     
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    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    Why?
     
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    I see no fundamental purpose in life. If I'm honest, I can be rather nihilistic at times. Though from the lack of anything, I see the opportunity to create something greater. I don't have a reason to want to strive for something, but the alternative is nothing and therefore, I take it upon myself to use my limited time to live my own best possible life.
     
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    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    Then what?
     
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    Then to die; to experience death.
     
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    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    Alrighty then....
     
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