Summary: Bible says “From one man he made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and
The Great Truth about Life, Liberty, purpose, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Bible says “From one man he made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26-27NIV)
Truth about Life
What is life all about? What are our deepest quest, values and beliefs? With all the conflict, pain and trouble in the world, some people think life is not worth living. For some of us, just getting out of bed in the morning is a major struggle. But, it doesn't have to be this way. Life can be very worthwhile. Many people live their lives without ever reflecting on life itself or its meaning for them. Their lives may be full of activities. They may marry, have children, run a business, or become scientists or musicians, without ever obtaining any degree of understanding of why they do these things. Their lives have no purpose, destiny and have no clear idea of their own nature or identity, of who they really are. It is only in relation to the Creator, and the purpose which that Creator has fixed for His creatures, that human existence has any meaning. So discovering our life purpose will help us to move with greater focus and clarity every day of our life. That is, if we use our life for what it was originally designed and that is what this sermon is all about. Discover and accept ever deeper divine truths. Learn to love God more deeply and unconditionally. Develop and express your originality.
Our text describes that all the families of mankind are descended from one origin or stock. However different their complexion, features, or language, yet they are derived from a common parent. God in his wisdom produced the whole human race from one man; and, having in his providence scattered them over the face of the earth, by showing them that they sprang from one common source, The word blood is often used to denote "race, stock, kindred." This passage affirms that all the human family are descended from the same ancestor. However they may differ in complexion, customs, and laws, are to be regarded and treated as brethren. It follows, also, that no one part of the race has a right to enslave or oppress any other part, on account of difference of complexion. God is wonderful in all his works, but especially in the work of man: not that we should stand amazed at his works, but that we should lift our eyes to the workman.
God, who is infinitely great and self-sufficient, has manifested himself as the maker of the world, the creator, preserver, and governor of men. He has assigned them their portion, and dispensed to them their habitations, and the various blessings of his providence, to the end that they should seek him in all his works. They should seek the Lord-That is the high end of all these arrangements of Divine Power, Wisdom, and Love. The purpose of God in creating man has been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence.
Truth about Pursuit
The modern principles of free society aimed to enshrines three basic rights: the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to life is the only fundamental right, from which all other rights are derived. The right to life protects the individual’s ability to take all those actions necessary for the preservation and enjoyment of his life. It is based on the idea that life is the standard of moral value. The right to liberty protects the individual’s ability to think and to act on his own judgment. It is based on the idea that rationality is man’s highest moral virtue. The right to pursue happiness protects the individual’s ability to live for his own sake, rather than for the sake of society. It is based on the idea that the pursuit of one’s self-interest is one’s highest moral purpose.
All of our universities, cyber-space technology, fiscal policies, medical advancements, social experiments, religious conferences, and peace marches all seem to collapse at the mercy of our own self-imposed destructive character and corrupted ideology. We build buildings and then bomb them; we make weapons and then use them on ourselves; we invent medicines that heal and then withhold them from the sick; we improve the World Wide Web to enhance communication and then use it to destroy the moral fiber of our children. We are our own greatest enemy.
Man was alienated from God. He had no love for Him. He disliked His government and laws. He was unwilling to be restrained. He sought his own pleasure. He was proud, vain, self-confident. He was not pleased with the character of God, or with his claims, or his plans. And in like manner, God was displeased with the pride, the sensuality, the rebellion, the haughtiness of man. He was displeased that His Law had been violated, and that man had cast off his government and dead in trespasses and sins;