As we grow old, finish school, float through life, raise families, work jobs, grow older, and eventually set our sights on ending our brief 70-100 years on this planet, it seems there are some pretty significant questions we all should ask:
- How in the world did we get here…. really? In a galaxy of a 100 billion stars in a universe with a 100 billion galaxies, it’s just ridiculous and crazy to comprehend…
- Is there a God? If the answer to this is no, then really, why bother asking any other questions- life is short, any meaning is simply made-up, and we’ll all be gone soon enough.
- If there is a God, who or what is He/She/It? I don’t understand how there can be multiple, conflicting Truths- there are clear contradictions in the various world religions… It doesn’t make sense to me that Truth would be a buffet of our personal choice.
- If there is a God, does God care about the way I live? It seems if there is a God- God’s in charge and I should determine if there is a way I’m to live with this free will I’ve been given… If God cares, I’d hate to get that wrong…
- What happens to me when I die? Certainly this would be rooted in my answers to the other questions ranging from a heap of dust or particles to reincarnated into someone or something else to heaven or hell.
- If there is a heaven, how do I get there? Really, if I die and have an opportunity to be in a place of eternal perfection and bliss, I’d be crazy not to put all my eggs in that basket. Hmmm… 100 years here or forever in a blow-my-mind-away eternity. That’s a no-brainer.
The way we answer these questions sets a significant trajectory for our lives (including ignoring these questions). It impacts the way we’ll raise our kids, view work, marriage, our purpose, deal with stress, perspective on death, grudges, and more… What other questions would you put on the list?