Having a Purpose in Life

By Christopher Lenart, a parishioner at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Naperville, who is posting once a month, every month, on this blog, writing about faith-related matters, To contact Christopher, email him at clenart@comcast.net. To learn more about him, go to his website: https://www.disabilityawareness.us/

Ever wonder what it would be like if God didn’t exist? I know that He created all of us, but let’s just say the world was there, and everything existed like it is today. What would it be like? Would it be totally different without any laws? What would the purpose of living?

Some of you would say you cannot imagine a day without God, but there are so many people who think that God is fake. The question now is, who is right? Each group can give their reasons for their opinions, but that is not solid to say that God is real or not.

Let’s just say that God is not real. My first question would be who made the trees? The oceans? The earth? The planets? The galaxies? Someone can say, “Oh, the Big Bang created everything.” Who started the Big Bang? Many people don’t want to say that God started the Big Bang because they want to prove that God does not exist.

I find it interesting to see many people are suffering from depression, and the doctors are saying it is increasing every year. Illinois just passed the law to legalize weed, and the lawmakers are saying that it will help people. I am not saying that people with deep pain should not have it, but I look at it this way: they are just making weed into the Golden Calf.

The real power is to have a relationship with our loving God. People are getting depressed because they have no purpose in life. This is so sad. Recently, I was in a chat room, and there was one person who said that they wanted to die, and everyone was continuing with their chats. The person might have been playing a joke or really wanted to die. I can’t say what was going on.

I don’t know what a day without God would be like. When I wake up in the morning, I thank God for the day, and what I will be doing that day. Ok, ok, I should have said some days when I remember. I have a purpose in life, so it keeps me busy. I hate being bored.

If you can’t imagine a day without God, maybe we should share our outlook on life with people. There are so many people out there who don’t know what to do. By sharing our lives with them, maybe they will have a purpose in life.

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  1. As a professional in the natural health arena, I have to respectfully disagree with you when it comes to legalizing marijuana. All of us have a bodily system that contain receptors for the chemicals in this plant. Marijuana is the female; hemp being the male of the species. Both contain endocannabinoids that our bodies need. These endocannabinoids adhere to receptors in our bodies with profound health effects. They have been known to aid in Alzheimer’s, Rheumatism, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, MS, Fibromyalgia, stress, depression, migraines, nausea, IBS, and a myriad of other conditions. I would not say that all of these conditions cause great pain, but are normal maladies of so many people. Granted, I am not a proponent of the THC that is in the marijuana plant, although there are some cancers that need this for treatment. The bottom line is that overall health of anyone that consumes this will be improved.

    As a parent, I have to disagree with the cause of depression having it’s source in a tattered relationship with God, or that people who suffer from this horrific disease have no purpose in life. That borders on the ridiculous. Both of my children suffer considerably from this terrible disease, and both, who are teenagers, do not miss their Sunday obligation. Saying that depression is caused by a lack of faith nullifies the fact, and this IS fact, that depression is an actual disease. It is not something that can be shaken off. It is not the result of a poor faith life, or of not having a purpose. The type of thinking that you portray as being a root cause for a mental illness is exactly what the mental health profession is trying to eradicate.

    Pronounced life stressors also greatly influence the number of those who feel the effects of depressions. The number of people who are overwhelmed by the responsibilities of life are staggering. Life is more complicated now than it has ever been. The speed at which life happens is faster than it has ever been. It is not right to conclude that all of these people do not have a faith life.

    I do agree that irresponsible marijuana use has a marked potential for harm. And I do agree that many people lack faith. But everyone cannot be lumped into the catch-all series of sentences that you have written. I know that the article was meant to cause reflection, which is always beneficial. My thoughts are to expand reflection into the generalities that you have brought forth.

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