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The Absurdity of Life Without God

July 12, 2017

 

 

The ocean always makes me feel small, but I felt even smaller the last time I visited. That’s because I was reading a chapter called, “The absurdity of life without God”.

 

After reminding me that I will die in relatively short order, the author went on to speak of the death of the entire human race, and indeed, the universe:

 

“The universe is expanding and the galaxies are growing farther and farther apart. As it does so, it grows colder and colder, and its energy is used up. Eventually all the stars will burn out, and all matter will collapse into dead stars and black holes. There will be no light at all; there will be no heat; there will be no life; only the galaxies, ever expanding into the endless darkness and the cold recess of space—a universe in ruins… there is no escape. There is no hope.” [i]

 

The conclusion of this Christian author is that if God does not exist, life is absurd. It has no meaning because you and I are as mortal as mosquitos—a flash in the cosmic frying pan. Life has no purpose because our existence is a freak accident. No one exists to tell us why we exist. In the words of Sartre, “man is adrift in a boat without a rudder on an endless sea”.

 

The thinking man is left with only despair, boredom, and anxiety, so he convinces himself that somehow he “matters” in a vast and accidental universe.

 

Now back to my oceanside musings.

 

As I read these words about the absurdity of life without God, I decided to switch from my Kindle App to my Notepad app, where I electronically scrawled the following poem, a poem about man’s senseless striving for importance in a supposedly godless world:

 

I’M IMPORTANT BECAUSE

 

“I’m important!

Just look at my impact!"

Shouted the drop of rain

That splashed into the ocean.

 

“Gulp,” said the ocean.

 

“I’m important!

Just look at my experiences!”

Shouted the drop of melted ice

That trekked from glacial peaks.

 

“Gulp,” said the ocean.

 

“I’m important!

Just look at my heritage!”

Shouted the drop of falling tear

That trickled, hung, and dripped.

 

“Gulp,” said the ocean.

 

Then it opened its mouth again,

this time to speak:

“I’m important—

Because I am bigger than all of you!”

 

Then all the drops stopped talking.

 

And the Universe laughed.

 

 

 

[i] Craig, William Lane. Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books. Third Edition, 2008. Pg. 72.

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