Who Am I? Why Am I Here? (#22)
Bible version used: KJV
I found many answers to these questions, but no one could prove they were right. I discovered that I would have to accept the answers from the atheist or the Hindu as much on faith as the answers from the Bible.
Some tell me I am a highly developed animal who is here by blind chance. But that just does not ring true. There is too much evidence of a spiritual world that cannot be measured. I know that human beings differ enormously from animals. They have a conscience, a feeling of right and wrong. Human beings instinctively turn to a higher power in times of distress.
At the suggestion of a friend, I began to consider the Bible’s answers to these questions. I found the Bible’s answers were so unusual that it is obvious they were not made up by human beings. They seemed foolish. They were hard to accept. Here are the Bible’s answers to these questions:
WHO AM I?
The Bible says that I am a spiritual being who temporarily has a physical body. I am created in the image of God with the ability to think, to love, to will and to choose.
So God created man in His own image . . . male and female created He them. Genesis 1:27
And when I die, my spirit returns to God.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7
WHY AM I HERE?
The Bible says I am here because God has a purpose for me. My purpose is to honor God by doing His will, promot-ing His kingdom, and enjoying His gifts.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
(Jesus said) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
WHERE AM I GOING?
The Bible’s answer to this question is hard to accept. The Bible says that I am living in rebellion against God. As a result I (and all human beings) have a constant tendency to serve only my own interests-with devastating results. The Bible calls this ‘sin’, and it ruins our world. How does God view sin?
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth...and it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. Genesis 6:5,6
God plans to judge and destroy all sin. Without help,
I am doomed.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
But God refused to let His creation end in failure. He provided a way for me to regain a relationship with Him. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to redeem the world. Jesus is the God/Man who paid the penalty for sin.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
The Bible tells me that where I am going depends on where I put my faith.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
When I put my faith in Jesus I was given the righteousness He earned for me. I can stand before God as if I had never sinned!
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
If you want to learn more about this gift of God, contact a person who has put his or her faith in Jesus. Visit a Bible-teaching church. You will be warmly welcomed by others who are eager to study the Bible and learn more about who we are, why we are here and where we are going.