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Inside Out Purpose (3 of 5)
Series: Living from the Inside Out
M. Kenneth Lyon
October 24, 1999
You recall last week there were 12 points in the sermon so I promised this week it would be pointless. I want to assure you that in your growth notes you will not find one single point. There are some proposals, some propositions, some ponderings, but not points. Wow! When you think about what Steve was talking to the boys and girls about, it does query for us why we're here. What is the purpose of our lives? What's the purpose of human life in general? Do you it's a question, regardless of the language, regardless of the culture, regardless of the time, it gets asked by all people at some point. There's a fellow with a Ph.D. in philosophy by the name of Hugh Morehead, who for 45 years has had a hobby that's a little curious. He writes to philosophers, scientists, and authors, asking them what is their understanding of the purpose of life. Here are a few of the responses he has gotten. Isaac Asimov wrote, "As far as I can see, there is no point to life." Arthur Clarke, who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, wrote, "I am afraid I have no concrete ideas of the purpose of life." Albert Ellis, famous psychiatrist who developed rational-emotive therapy, wrote, "As far as I can tell, life has no special meaning or purpose." Joseph Heller, widely renowned philosopher, wrote, "I have no answers to the meaning of life, and I no longer want to search for any."
There was one who was especially intellectually honest. Now this was not a response to Hugh Morehead's query, but Bertrand Russell, the English philosopher and avowed atheist said this, "Unless you assume a god, the question about life's purpose is meaningless." If you assume there is no god, then you and I are simply complex germs that have emerged out of the primeval ooze. We really don't matter. There is no significance of life other than perhaps the propagation of the species, to keep it going. For wh ...
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