What is the meaning and purpose to your life?

(This is the third question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

What is the meaning and purpose to your life?

Some time ago, I discovered a quote from Robert Ingersoll that sums it up better than my own words ever could:

Here is all the religion I have: to make someone else happier, if I can.

That sums it all up, really. That’s the meaning and purpose to my life. I don’t have to look any further. Though, if I happen to find another quote the sums it up even better, or manage to write something of my own, I’ll glady adopt the new one in favor of ths one. I’m not tied to anything, and no one else should be, either.


2 Responses to “What is the meaning and purpose to your life?”

  1. January 1, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I have never met an Atheist. I am not sure what one is or why. I come from the Bible belt. The South. I believe what I believe. I’ve never tried to push my beliefs off on anyone else. I am curious though. So maybe you can explain these things to me, so that I can understand it.

    Why do Atheists try to change everyone else’s beliefs or try to change our traditions?

    Why does “In God We Trust” on the currency, cause such an uproar amongst Atheist’s, that it prompts them to challenge it in the courts?

    How could the location of a thing so beautiful, such as a “Nativity Scene” be so repulsive to an Atheist, that it too, prompts court action?

    Why is prayer in school so horrible, that it should be denied to everyone, just because an Atheist disagrees with it?

    The Supreme Court’s explanation of; “Separation of Church and State” is flawed. The reading of the amendment is crystal clear: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It simply guarantees that the Government cannot interfere with a person’s religious beliefs. That is all. It has been distorted to the current explanation. Why do Atheist’s use this to deny believers their right to freedom of religion?

    If you do not believe in God, then you must believe in something else. What?

    The belief in God and Christ, promotes; peace, love and hope. Why would this bother you?

    I cannot prove the existence of God to you or anyone else. That is where faith comes in. I too studied evolution in school and it is plausible. So is creation. When I look around at this planet and see all of the miracles of life that surround us, I cannot help but see a higher power at work. Look at the expressions of love, that animals have for their young. The feelings that a new mother has for a child. A tree on a windy day. Rain. Life. Death. Is it all a random series of events? Amongst all of the chaos, there is order. You just have to be able to “see” it.

    it saddens me that people cannot “see” what is around them. When you pass on and you will one day. I hope that you will meet Christ and will be shown all that you have missed.

    • 2 funandprophet
      January 2, 2010 at 7:33 am

      Brucester: That’s a lot of questions, and I’d like to answer them all, but I think all of them deserve more than a reply in comments. I’ll devote a future post to your comment, and get to them all. Thanks!

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I am an atheist, a person who does not believe in the existence of any gods.

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