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2 Case in point: Paul in Athens (Acts 17)
 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  What He has done

3 Case in point: Paul in Athens (Acts 17)
 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Why He has done it


5 ULTIMATE questions… Origin: Where did everything come from?
Meaning: Why are we here? Morality: How should we live? Destiny: What is the future of the universe?

6 The Christ-Centered Mind: The Ultimate Quest: Part II

7 ULTIMATE questions… [Personal Edition]
Origin: Where did I come from? Meaning: Why am I here? Morality: How should I live? Destiny: What happens when I die?

8 The Christ-Centered Mind: The Ultimate Quest: Part II

9 Apatheism Acting with apathy and lack of interest toward anything meaningful about life.

10 Nowhere Man He's a real nowhere man, Sitting in his “Nowhere Land,” Making all his nowhere plans for nobody. Doesn't have a point of view, Knows not where he's going to, Isn't he a bit like you and me? He's as blind as he can be, Just sees what he wants to see, Nowhere man can you see me at all?

11 Nowhere Man Nowhere Man please listen, You don't know what you're missing, Nowhere man, the world is at your command! Nowhere Man, don't worry, Take your time, don't hurry, Leave it all till somebody else lends you a hand! “Nowhere Man” The Beatles

12 “Well, it’s nothing special
“Well, it’s nothing special. Uh, try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.”

13 “What’s your purpose in life? You’ve got to figure that out yourself.
Look within.” Oprah – well known program where she promised to reveal the “purpose of life.” Commercial after commerical. Stayed tuned. What is the purpose of life? Stayed tuned for these messages first. Then, eight seconds at the end:

14 “42” Douglas Adams’ book. Super computer “Deep Thought” spent 7.5 millions years working on the question, “What is the meaning of life?” The answer, “42”

15 Finding the meaning of life if God does not exist . . .

16 The Meaning of Life? Existentialism There is no meaning OF life
so you must find meaning IN life

17 Movies: Woody Allen, Fredrico Fellini, Igmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa

18 The Meaning of Life? Humanism Each person seeks individual fulfillment
in a way that promotes the well-being of humanity.


20 The Meaning of Life? Hedonism The purpose of life is to pursue
the maximum amount of pleasure.


22 The Meaning of Life? Nihilism Life has no meaning or intrinsic value
because human existence is a product of random events.

23 Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor” Downward Spiral album -”Your God is dead and no one cares. If there is a hell, I’ll see you there.”

24 The Christ-Centered Mind: The Ultimate Quest: Part II
[For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him] and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17

25 The Christ-Centered Mind: The Ultimate Quest: Part II
If life has no meaning, where does the idea of “meaning” come from? 2. All “meaning of life” scenarios point to the one true meaning. 3. God’s purpose for creation does not negate human emotion, personality, individuality, freedom, and creativity.

26 The Christ-Centered Mind: The Ultimate Quest: Part II
“Unless you assume the existence of God, the question of life’s meaning and purpose is irrelevant.” ~Bertrand Russell


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