Philip Yancey says in The Bible Jesus read:
Existential despair did not germinate in the hell holes of Auschwitz or Siberia but rather in the cafes of Paris, the coffee shops of Copenhagen, the luxury palaces of Beverly Hills.
I am surprised at the suicide rate in rich countries. For example, 32.845 people killed themselves in Japan in 2009. You might tell me that the reason is the economical crisis. Well, this is the 12th year in a row when the suicide rate has had over 30.000 people committing suicide!!! Japan is only second in this suicide top, Rusia being first. The suicidal rate in Rusia is 70.6 persons in 100.000! The bronze medal is won by the mother of many important modern existentialists: France!
You see, no African country is in this top nor any other country in which people have hard times working for their daily bread.
In our modern society we strive for meaning through money. We end up in meaningless thoughts and feelings of dispair because sooner or later we receive what we want.
People get what they want but the real problem is that they don’t want what they should really want. You want money? You can get them. The end. In that moment you become purposeless.
In our modern world you can get whatever you want except life-meaning. That is not buyable nor exchangeable. That, my friends, is the most valuable value of all and it does not lie in palpable acquirements.
It breaks my heart to see young men and ladies that sell their soul for a glimpse in their body’s chest of pleasure. All that God gave to this world has a purpose and can bring us joy but only partially IF we don’t abuse it and use it carefully in God’s terms.Yancey says:
Yet, by assuming a burden we were not meant to carry, we turn nudity into pornography, wine into alcoholism, food into gluttony, and human diversity into racism and prejudice. Despair descends as we abuse God’s good gifts; they seem no longer gifts, and no longer good.
Fullfilment exists. Our lives were maid to contain it. What keeps us from it and restrains it is sin. We weren’t made made to make it, build it or produce it. Our body and soul are simple bottles in which eternity lives. Still, there is a clue inside of us that drags us towards this desire: the untasted taste of eternity. We taste for this taste although we never tasted it before, we long for it although we have no clue how it’s like. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says „God has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”
The feeling of spiritual plentitude is a must for human existence. We all feel the desire to have our hearts filled. Most of us don’t really know what were longing for but we have this desire.
My dear friends, this desire is God Himself. His presence in us causes this feeling of plentitude. Augustine said that in every heart exists is a hole that has the shape of God. No sex can fill it, for its pleasure will soon fade away. No large amount of money can fill it either.NOTHING temporary or momentary, nothing creatable or influencable. C.S. Lewis says in Mere Christianity, Bk. III, chap. 10, „Hope”:
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
Fulfillment does not lie in what you have, but in the eternal person you have in your life. The only answer is God.
I own nothing: no car, no home. Yet I feel the happiest man on Earth and every morning I wake up desiring to fulfill his will. My desire is not for the limited, but for eternity and that is God. Because I have eternity in my heart I have meaning and fulfillment. As a consequence, I know why I’m here.
I live for the ethereal, I live for the God that lives within me and is the source of sense.
In the end, I would like to dedicate the so-called C.S. Lewis song that has as its basis the quote I gave from „Mere Christianity” to all of you that have not found purpose in God yet. I am aware that you doubt his existance. My challenge is to seek Him and to challenge Him to reveal Himself. Insist. Knock and His Heaven will be opened for you.