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Living Proof by Jim Peterson, NavPress, 1989, p. 35

Quotes All men seek happiness. There are no exceptions...Yet all men complain...A test which has gone on so long, without pause or change, really ought to convince us that we are incapable of attaining the good by our own efforts...this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite object." - Blaise Pascal, French physicist and philosopher Less than everything cannot satisfy man. - Willaim Blake, poet Humans arose, rather, as a fortuitous and contingent outcome of thousands of linked events, any one of which could have occurred differently and sent history on an alternate pathway that would not have led to consciousness. - Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, Scientific American, October 1994, p. 86 What Would Give My Life More Meaning

In 1979, a study was done among teenagers in Sweden, who were asked to respond to the statement, "I think the following could give my life more meaning..." Of those surveyed, eighty-seven percent thought that meaning could be found in a good job, eighty-five percent thought it could be found in a marriage partner, and eighty-four percent thought it could be found in sports and recreation. Only fifteen percent thought that reading the Bible and prayer could help, and another fifteen percent indicated that they thought alcohol could help.

About eight percent considered the question of the meaning of life important, yet eighty percent considered it unimportant whether Jesus existed as a man on earth or not. Also, eighty-five percent considered it unimportant whether Jesus is the Son of God or not. A full seventy-five percent concluded that the question of God's existence is unimportant.