Friday, December 7, 2012

Yet another reason Catholics believe the purpose of life is to seek and find God

Yet another reason Catholics believe the purpose of life is to seek and find God. We’ve looked at how we’re designed as opposed to being caused by random chance. Part of this design is that we desire things. We desire to breathe which is good because otherwise we’d suffocate. We desire to eat and thank goodness or we may starve. All of these desires we have are good things; they should guide us to do good things.

The problem with these desires is we can’t permanently satisfy them. We eat but we get hungry again, we drink but we get thirsty, we sleep but we get tired, and we achieve some goal we think will make us happy and before too long we’re dissatisfied again. For some reason we just can’t stay content.

Considering that we’re designed by an intelligent and good God then maybe there’s a reason for this. Maybe we’re supposed to be this way. Maybe we should be learning a lesson from our inability to be satisfied with things of this world. Maybe there’s a reason Jesus says “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (Jn 6:35). Maybe the reason we’re made with desires we just can’t satisfy is they’re pointing us to something more.

We believe that God created us with these desires so we could see the futility of this world. As reasonable beings it should only be a matter of time before we get frustrated that nothing here can satisfy us and the logical response is to look beyond this world. Eventually, we’re intended to reach the point where St. Augustine said “my heart is restless until it rests in you, my Lord”.

When we realize this then the aimless wandering through life is put to an end. When we realize that the only thing that can satisfy us is beyond this world then reason demands that we live beyond this world. The satisfaction of our desires isn’t to “do” anything but enter into God’s rest (Mt 11:28-30). Life can be seen simply as a classroom to teach us this lesson; we’re designed to desire our Creator so seek after him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength and when you find him then your desires will be satisfied.

That we were designed with desires only God’s presence can satisfy is yet another reason Catholics believe the purpose of our lives is to seek and find God.

No comments: