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THE PURPOSE OF LIFE


There's a guy named Hugh Morehead who 45 years ago began a hobby of writing to famous philosophers and scientists and authors and asking them, "What is the purpose of life?" The responses he got back were depressing at best.


Isaac Asimov wrote back, "As far as I can see there is no purpose to life."


Karl Jung, the Austrian psychiatrist, wrote, "I don't know what the meaning or the purpose of life is but it looks like as if there were something meant by it."


Arthur Clark, the author of 2001, wrote, "I'm afraid I have no concrete ideas of the purpose of life."


Albert Ellis, the psychiatrist who invented RET therapy said, "As far as I can tell, life has no special or intrinsic meaning or purpose."


Gerald Frank, "In the cosmic scheme, I see neither meaning nor purpose."


Edward Gorny, "I doubt if there is one."


William Gasp, "There is no meaning to life."


Thomas Nagle, "I'm afraid the meaning of life still eludes me."


With a sense of resignation Joseph Heller wrote, "I have no answers to the meaning of life and I no longer want to search for any."


Is there a purpose in life? Is there a meaning to life? Can we know why we are here? Thankfully there is an answer in the Word of God!


(From a sermon by Steve Trail, Building a Life of Purpose, 10/10/2011)

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