" More consequence for thought and action follow the affirmation or denial of God than from answering other basic question. They follow for those who regard the question as answerable only by faith or only by reason, and even for those who insit upon suspending judgment entirely".-------Great books of the western world, volume 2, p. 543.
Life is real and has meaning and purpose. God is the sources of life and without Him, there is no life. To get this life, He need to be involved . ( Genesis 3 : 22 - 24 ). And the Lord God said, " Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil ; and now, lest he put forth his hand , and take also the tree of life , and eat, and live forever.; Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from where he was taken . So He drove out man ; and place at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.
Which means, to seek life without God is like chasing wind. Even King Solomon who thought his worldly wisdom God has given could lead him to find real life. But he found the " shadow of life ." He became disappointed and sorrowful and said all lead to emptiness, " vanity "
Human beings were created to live and enjoy life, and not to suffer and die, so all of us in one way the other are looking for life. We do everything in this life in order to live and enjoy life. But Jesus said," it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." ( Matthew 4 : 4 ) So one may ask, where is this LIFE ? who owes it ? where can I find it ? what should I do to obtain it ?
Naturally, what King Solomon '' the great philosopher " was saying was true, but the truth don't exit in the natural. There is always " wonder and mystery". The search for meaning and purpose. An encounter with the the BIG QUESTIONS,of which all of us are facing today, even the world super powers ( The United States ) So you see,we all philosophize. Yes, that is true, So what is the mark of a great person ? One who is a great thinker, one who is a great lover, and one who is a great doer. All these things make up a great person, according to our philosophy professor Dr. Naugle of Dallas Baptist University,USA.
And this is what King Solomon said, after searching for life and could not found it. " And further by these, my son, be admonished ; of making many books there is no end ; and much study is aawarenessof the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter ; Fear God and keep His commandment for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether iit begood, or whether it be evil.
Searching for God is a great wisdom and knowledge and He is the source of the real life. And He is the one who gives life. In theory, knowledge of good and evil are equal but they are opposite. Unless it comes into light ( ppractice) before one can identify them. They are twins brothers. We all came to meet the languages and words we are spoken them. These words are not ours, and speaking thus not means that we understood their meanings, but God understands them all. He is the King of the uuniverse; Hear what King Solomon is saying here ( Eccl., 8 : 17 ) " Then I behold all the work of God , that a man can not find out the work that is done under the sun : because a man labour to seek it out , yet he shall not find it : Yea further a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not able to find it ". One may ask ,if we can not find it , why should we still labour ourselves to learn. You see, the word university comes from the word universe, but not all the univer! sities has professors who profess God. When learning a course or even the bible and we are not introduce to the object, or the spirit of it, that thing will rule you. And you will become a slave of it. But we were created to rule and to have dominion. ( Genesis 1 : 26 ) And this happened to King Solomon. He did not applied the spiritual principle to look for the real life which Adam lost in the garden of Eden. It was hidden from him. SO he became slave to the opposite of life, which is death. Life became meaningless to him , because death has got nothing good for mankind.This is what he is saying " vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities ; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun ? One generation passeth away, and another cometh ; but the earth abideth forever".
Infact, if one could look at our Nation today. One could see that, the old generation has failed us both politically and religiously. And these are the two set of peoples who are leading the Nation and crucifying the truth. But " ( for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds ; ) casting down imaginations , and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God , and bringing into captivity every thought to obedience of Christ". ( 2nd Corinthians 10 : 4 -5 )
To me, life is a journey. A journey all of us have to make, whether we like it or not. And faith is the driving force which is taking us to our destination ( The promise land ) " THE HIDDEN TREASURE " I have found it.
For African's sake will I not hold my peace , and for Ghana's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. ( Isaiah 62 : 1 ) From : Rev Paulius Owuraku Amoa-Kodie ( International Regeneration Project "Isaiah 62") Dallas Baptist University, USA. Views expressed by the author(s) do not necessarily reflect those of GhanaHomePage.