Last week, Richard Dawkins said that the question of “Why are we here?” is a silly question. This is circular reasoning on the part of Dawkins and his ilk. If life came into being by chance, as he believes, then it is silly to seek a purpose for our lives here on earth. He believes we are here by accident so of course he believes it is a silly question to ask why we are here.
The question behind “Why are we here?” is “Where did we come from?” Dawkins has no answer to that. He gawks at the universe (or is it a multiverse?) and asks lots of questions – that’s what scientists do. But he will be the first to admit that he doesn’t understand how everything came to be. He has a hypothessis, but he doesn’t have a firm answer. It seems a bit rich to call “Why are we here?” a silly question when you don’t have an answer to the underlying question.
Christians believe that God, the creator of the universe and of human beings, has an eternal purpose for us. He has revealed that purpose through his unique Son who became flesh and dwelt among us, and who is now glorified. He can provide a firm answer to the question, “Why are we here?” and wise is the person who asks that question and hears the answer that Jesus gives.
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