Mystic Mondays: Is there Something More?

Today  I’d like to share a passage from The Wisdom of Solomon which vividly portrays the ethical consequences of the naturalistic view of reality.  I ask you to meditate on these words and to wrestle with the implications of a world in which God does not exist, in which there is no objective purpose or reason for anything, and in which there is no life after death.  Do not simply engage this topic with your mind but examine it with your heart as well. Ask yourself these questions:  What is the purpose of my life?  Is there an objective purpose to my life if God does not exist? If there is no life after death then why should I live a moral life?  Is sensual pleasure what defines me?  If there is no God, why should I care about the weak?  Why should I be moral at all?  Is there something more?

“For they [the ungodly or atheists] reasoned unsoundly saying to themselves, ‘Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a man comes to his end, and no one has been known to return from Hades [i.e. death].  Because we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been; because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts.  When it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes, and the spirit will dissolve like empty air.  Our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will remember our works; our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and be scattered like mist that is chased by the rays of the sun and overcome by its heat.  For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, and there is no return from our death, because it is sealed up and no one turns back.

‘Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, and make use of the creation to the full as in youth.  Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let no flower of spring pass by us.  Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.  Let none of us fail to share in our revelry, everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment, because this is our portion, and this is our lot.  Let us oppress the righteous poor man; let us not spare the widow nor regard the gray hairs of the aged.  But let our might be our law of right, for what is weak proves itself to be useless.” – Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-11


6 thoughts on “Mystic Mondays: Is there Something More?

  1. I think it is quite appalling to even imply that there may be no sense in living moral lives without God – as if you, or any other Christian, will become hedonistic heathens if one were to conclusively demonstrate that no gods exist.

  2. Where’s Joel? Am I subscribed to everyone here, and he’s the only one that’s been posting?
    OK, I’ll bite.
    What is the purpose of my life? Life is what I make of it. Nothing more, and nothing less.
    Is there an objective purpose to my life if God doesn’t exist? See first answer.
    If there is no life after death then why should I live a moral life? You don’t need life after death to lead a moral life.
    Is sensual pleasure what defines me? No, but I can enjoy sensual pleasures without guilt if I engage in them responsibility.
    If there is no God, why should I care about the weak? Why do I need a belief in God to have empathy for the weak? That’s false.
    Why should I be moral at all? Because it’s the right thing to do. I don’t need orders from God to do the right thing.
    Is there something more? Define “more”. More as in eternal worship of God after I’m dead? I hope not! I also don’t want to live my life preparing for death. That seems counter intuitive. The whole idea that we’re here for the purpose of preparing for heaven is sick. A belief in an after life is for people who can’t accept their mortality. People who can’t accept their own death. They need some feel good idea that they’re somehow special, and to me that’s pretty self centered and petty. Now, if what you meant by “is their more” as in is there more to my life than just me, then the answer is yes, there is more. There are other people who also want to live a happy life, and together we work toward that goal. Is there more can also mean there’s so much more in the universe to be learned and understood, and that gives me great enthusiasm. Learning about nature, where we came from and how we evolved gives me more to my life. Understanding how the universe came to be, and how it has changed over time. Seeing new planets and their moons with space probes built using sound scientific principals is exciting. There’s no end to that kind of “more”.
    Life is what you make of it. I choose to learn and grow. To understand the world around me, and to help others fulfill their dreams of what they want from their life. That gives me joy. I don’t want to spend my life living in the guilt of religion. I don’t want to get my knowledge from an ancient text that has been proven time and time again to be flawed. I guess that makes me an evil atheist.
    Where’s Joel?

    1. As always, thank you for your thoughts–you’ve given me a great idea for another post! Oh, and I sincerely apologize for not being Joel 😉

      1. Well I hope Joel is well, and that he’ll be back soon
        Thoughts for another post? Your enthusiasm is, ah… concerning 🙂
        Until next time.

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