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Life, the Universe, and Everything · 28 December 2019



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Have you ever wondered why we are here? Well, if you have ever read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, you know that there is a simple answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything. I will not give that answer here (so no spoiler alert necessary), but it is a simple. And even though the author had a different worldview than I do, there really is a simple answer to the question of life, the universe and everything. Well, simple but complex.


If you have ever wondered why we are even here on this seemingly insignificant planet in this seemingly insignificant solar system, in this seemingly insignificant galaxy, in this ever expanding universe, you are not alone. We all wonder at our own insignificance from time to time. We all wonder why we are here. We all wonder what it all means. Yes, we all have questions about life, the universe, and everything.


The simple answer is that it all exists to glorify God. The problem with that answer is why does God need to be glorified? Why can’t He just be? I have followed Jesus for most of my life. I work to seek God’s will for my life every day. Sometimes I even hit the mark. But I often miss. I often err. But I think I finally understand the thought that we are here to glorify God. We are here to glorify God so that others might want to have a relationship with God in the first place. Which is really the answer to why we are here. We are here to have a relationship with God. Our Creator and Redeemer.


Now I do not want to sound like I know why God created the universe and us in the first place. But I do know that He created us so that we might have direct interpersonal connection with Him. Period. That is the first and most important lesson of the Bible. Love God. We ought to love God because He first loved us. The second and nearly as important lesson of the Bible is that we should love each other. Jesus said that all the law and the prophets rest on those two commandments. And those two commandments are what God says through life, the universe, and everything.


The problem people have with this thought is that they have believed the lie. The lie I said near the beginning. In truth, we are on the most significant planet, in the most significant solar system, in the most significant galaxy, in the amazing universe. And all those amazing things are here to point us to God because each person is important. The whole universe is here to glorify God and tell us that He wants to have a personal relationship with each and every individual.


There you have it. A simple yet complex answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything. (And yes, there is much more to the story than that.)

© 2019 Michael T. Miyoshi

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