The Meaning of Life

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By Peter Guirguis

When I was a kid, I remember visiting an orphanage with my grandmother.

I remember walking through the gates of the orphanage, holding my grandmother’s hand, and seeing a bunch of kids playing in an outdoors area. Some children were playing hide and seek. Some boys were playing soccer. And some girls were playing with a jump rope.

I remember looking at these kids and thinking, “Even though on the outside these kids look happy,  on the inside, they must be feeling sad. That’s because they are orphans.”

Similarly, when you and I are born in this world, we are born orphans – not physically but spiritually.

You were meant to be born with a spiritual relationship to your Heavenly Father (God).

But that relationship is broken. It’s broken because of something called sin.

Sin is like a cup of dirty water.

It’s no longer clear but filled with dirt, and you can’t drink from it.

How Dirty is Your Cup of Water? (Take This Quiz)

To find out how much sin you’ve done in your life, just answer these few questions:

  1.  How many lies have you told in your life?

Personally, through all my years of living, I’m going to guess that I’ve told more than 10,000 lies.

From the times I lied to my mom about eating the last cookie, to the time I changed my grades on my report card with a pen, and tried to pass them as my real grades.

Yes, I did that.  Obviously, I wasn’t a very smart kid, LOL.

Even as a teenager and an adult, I lied a lot because I was a people-pleaser and I didn’t like hurting people’s feelings.

How about you? How many lies have you told in your life so far?

Keep a mental note of your own number.

God says that we shouldn’t lie, but yet we lie so easily, readily, and often.

  1.  How many people have you hated in your life?

Personally, I think I have hated about 10 people in my entire life.

When I was a kid, there used to be a group of kids that made fun of me regularly because I was fat.

They even had a nickname for me that wasn’t very nice.

I can still remember that nickname to this day because it was very hurtful. I hated those kids.

When I grew up, I had a couple of bosses and co-workers that I hated because I thought they were such terrible people.

God says that if you hate someone, then that is the same as murdering them in your heart.

God says we should not murder anyone through hate.

How about you? How many people have you hated in your life?

Keep a mental note of your answer.

  1.  Have you stolen something either big or small?

When I was a kid, I stole a toy from a toy store. But then my mom found out and made me return it.

As I was growing up and going to different friends houses, sometimes I would conveniently “forget” one of their toys and take it home with me.

I know, I know, I’m a terrible person!

Even when I got older, and I was working for different companies, I used to take pens and staples from work and take them home for my personal use.

I used to justify my actions by saying that the company I worked for was rich and wouldn’t notice if I borrowed a few office supplies and never returned them.

Plus, I would think that was just a part of my compensation package.

Obviously, God says that we shouldn’t steal.

So how many things have you stolen in your life?

Keep a mental note of your answer.

On to the last question.

4  Have you had sex outside of marriage?

God invented sex, and His requirements are that it’s to be enjoyed only inside the context of marriage.

So if you’ve had sex outside of wedlock, then that is a sin.

And if you haven’t had sex outside of marriage but have just thought about it in your mind, then that is a sin too.

Jesus says,

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

– Mathew 5:27-28

How many times have you just thought about having sex with people who are not your husband or your wife?

If I’m totally transparent with you, then I must have had more than 1,000,000 lustful thoughts throughout my life time.

Whoa, that’s a lot!

But what can I say, I’m a BIG sinner.

How about you? How many times have you had sex outside of marriage or had lustful sexual thoughts?

Keep a mental note of your answer.

You Might Be Thinking, “Peter, But We ALL Do These Things, So What’s The Big Deal!”

Yes, you are right, we ALL do most of these things and then some.

But the problem is that of the “leaf in a burning forest.”

Here, let me explain.

Imagine you’re in a forest admiring all the trees.

As you’re looking at the beautiful scenery, you notice that a leaf falls from the tree and onto the ground.

All of a sudden, a fire breaks out in the forest and starts heading towards that leaf.

Would you agree that the leaf has no chance of surviving once the fire touches it?

Would you agree that the leaf will get burned up in the fire?

I hope you said yes.

You see, that’s the same thing with God.

God is an all-consuming fire, and we are leaves in His presence (Hebrews 12:29).

God is holy, just, righteous, and perfect.

Because of our sin, we will get consumed if we ever stand in His presence.

When we stand before God and get judged for all the things we’ve done in our lives, God will see all the sins that we’ve done, and we’ll go to hell.

Hell is a terrible place, filled with agony, and pain.

But God doesn’t want us to go to hell.

Going back to our leaf in the burning forest, if the leaf is placed in a fireproof capsule, then it can withstand the fire.

Jesus is your fireproof capsule that will protect you from the fire.

 

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