"Quest for Meaning"
Do you wonder why you're here? How about who you are? Both of these questions come from the same place. That of the flesh mind.
Traditional religious teaching will offer such answers to the first question as "You are here to serve God" or "To learn some lessons" and the opinions go on and on. To the second question answers like "A child of God" and "A sinner saved by grace" barely scratch the surface of the many suggested reasons. All are reasonings based upon flesh life.
Let me pose some questions that may help in your quest for meaning.
1) Are you a product of your parents?
2) Can you die?
3) Can you sin?
If you answer yes to any of the questions then the answer has to be yes to all of the questions because all are based upon flesh identity. It is of utmost importance to establish within your own mind whether you are eternal or a product of flesh.
If flesh then forget about heaven and try to make yourself as comfortable as possible while awaiting death because the grave is the only destination of flesh, whether you think you are good or bad. Jesus said all outside of God is evil and if you are mind and body you are evil no matter how hard you try to make yourself otherwise In the flesh dwells no good thing.
On the other hand if you are eternal then the answer to all of the questions posed must be no. Your flesh mind will want to answer yes to all of the questions, but all are false given the perspective that we all have existed in the mind of God for all time and its impossible for God to have anything but good in mind.
If this is so why do we see things in the manner that we do, distorted. Its because the we that we think we are is not us at all. Our minds have never seen the real us so we as these minds wander in darkness weeping, wailing, and knashing our teeth until we catch a glimpse of Christ. At that glimpse hope is kindled.
Still, we don't know what to do with that hope so we begin to study the historical records about Jesus, his people, and all the earth events surrounding and subsuquent to his life.
We study his words and his actions and the effect they have had and do have on the history of nations and individuals. We use every faculty of the human mind to try and put our finger on just what it is about Him that will help us out of our earthly dilemma.
Some will organize these ideas into frameworks that justify and condemn based upon adherence to or deviation from them. Some will die or even kill for these beliefs.
Still, none produce another like Him.
Is it our fate to remain in this state of struggle with our flesh which has never, in the long run, proven to be other than a losing battle for anyone except Jesus? If God loves us so much as to send Jesus why did he not with Him show us the way to total success in this world rather than condemn us to a living hell with the prospect of heaven using it as a carrot dangled in front of us to get us to behave.
There must be something about Jesus that we're missing the point on because we know He provided the solution to man's dilemma.
Since we've beat the horse of his life to death and it still hasn't fixed the problem then maybe we should examine His life, the eternal one. Jesus has an Identity that is eternal given Him by God and that is the primary perspective He always lived by in this world. In this Identity He overcame all temptations and even the horrendous torture and death He suffered were not able to keep His body in the grave for over three days.
What if the whole thing was as simple as receiving, as a gift, a vision of your eternal Identity from the only One who knows who You really are.
We're taught to ask for all kinds of things from the Giver of all good things, yet we hesitate the most to ask for the things that are the most important.
We never have been able to save ourselves and we never will be. The selves that we know cannot be sure of motive or anything else because the flesh self is corrupt if in nothing else than the fact that it sees itself as separate from the perfect Image that the Maker sees.
Do you want to see the You that God sees?