What Is A “Purpose Driven Life”

Pastor Rick Warren’s book by that name sold 30 million copies.  I understand the book is about devoting ones’s life to the God of the universe. That is a “purpose”.

Religions teach that there is some great purpose for each of us in gods. It is clear, to me at least, the universe does not care about our “purpose”. The sun will burn out and that’s the end of us. The universe has never heard or nor cares about any of us or the thousands of gods humans have worshiped.

So should we feel lost and unhappy about this? No, there is a purpose to life. It is to take care of ourselves and of those around us.

A purpose is also the figure out how to make the planet a place that will support life as long as possible. Further generations are a purpose for us. We should do whatever we can for generations to follow.

We are debating how to carry out that purpose. While we can do this believing or not believing in gods, we cannot live a purpose driven life without trying to learn about the science surrounding survival of the earth. Ridiculing science, which is done by many, is the opposite and is living without purpose.

Some three dozen times here I have been warned I will pay some kind on consequence for not believing in the existence of gods. To me, those who spend their lives preoccupied with something other than caring about mother earth and the people who live on it are lives wasted.

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    1. Steve 4:47 So you’re saying we should love others as ourselves. Hmm. I guess I would have to agree.

      What I tried to say was that an idealistic purpose driven life is to try understand science and determine how best to extend the time of humans on earth.

  1. Catcher

    The Purpose Driven Life has an element of decision theology. Works as the cause, rather than the result. Understandable, as Rick Warren has Baptist roots, as did Billy Graham with his “Hour of Decision”. Brought to you by the WWJD (What would Jesus do) crowd, vs. WDJD (What did Jesus do). But he has made a large business, and sold a lot of books with it. It is cunningly seductive

  2. entech

    Very interesting piece:
    An indifferent universe also offers us a powerful and compelling case for living justly and contentedly because it allows us to anchor our attention here. It teaches us that this life matters and that we alone are responsible for it. Love, friendship and forgiveness are for our benefit. Oppression, war and conflict are self-inflicted. When we ask what’s the purpose of the recent gassing of Syrian children in the Idlib Province or the torture and killings of Chechnyan homosexual men, we ought not simply look to God or the universe for explanations but to ourselves, to the entrenched mythologies that drive such actions — then reject them when the institutions they inform amount to acts of horror.
    A good counterpoint to those that would tell us that without (their) god we can have no morality ???

    1. entech 10:59 An indifferent universe also offers us a powerful and compelling case for living justly and contentedly because it allows us to anchor our attention here. It teaches us that this life matters and that we alone are responsible for it. Love, friendship and forgiveness are for our benefit. Oppression, war and conflict are self-inflicted. When we ask what’s the purpose of the recent gassing of Syrian children in the Idlib Province or the torture and killings of Chechnyan homosexual men, we ought not simply look to God or the universe for explanations but to ourselves, to the entrenched mythologies that drive such actions — then reject them when the institutions they inform amount to acts of horror.
      Human beings, the things they do and why they do them, is most interesting. The Bible has an explanation but it’s from an ancient and isolated world where the writers had their own self serving motives.
      Better we free ourselves from the religious explanation and look to ourselves.

  3. Juan Ruiz

    I’ve never understood why the Christian omnipotent creator deity seemed to spend his whole time measuring Jesus belief, while demonstrating a lack of self-esteem so marked that he needed to be told how great he is.

    1. Catcher

      @ 6;37; “…while demonstrating a lack of self-esteem so marked that he needed to be told how great he is”. Not so sure about that. To me, it seems to be a man-made feature, going beyond simple and humble thankfulness. Ecclesial pageantry run amuck.

      1. Juan Ruiz

        I’d say it’s of course a man-made feature. Much like all the attributes of the Christian god–anger, zealotry, vengeance, and the like–are man-made. Paradise as being a time of eternal worship seems like North Korea, constant praise of a god whose need for eternal worship is inexplicable.

      2. entech

        ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.
        http://www.dictionary.com/browse/anthropomorphic

        Here is a definition that could be the basis for a different thought. As you say:
        “…To me, it seems to be a man-made feature, … “ It seems to be that the whole entity is a man made feature. A feature of mans imagination and need.

        Of course I could be wrong as I have said on several occasions, on the other hand how could we find where the real need arises – in the need to believe or the need to deny ???

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