One of these points is in the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:11 where it says “For it must needs be that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither good nor bad”. There is opposition in all of us. There is the light of Christ that is within us and there is the temptations of the flesh. 2 Nephi continues, “Wherefore all things must needs be a compound in one”. In verse 12 he goes on to say that without this opposition in all things “there would have been no purpose in its creation”. Please keep this in the back of your mind as being part of the test. We must have choices and the freedom to make choices in order to choose God over …show more content…
The two words are somewhat synonymous, but there are explicit differences between them. Having meaning in your life is a part of the overall purpose.
The question is not really “What is the meaning of life?” It is “What can I do to provide meaning to the lives of others?” Asking what the meaning of life is for us becomes a self-centered pursuit. Finding out what is needed from us is a Christ-centered pursuit. This is much like John Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. This is how we provide meaning to our own lives.
I think that C. S. Lewis explains this very well. In ‘Mere Christianity’ he wrote that we start out as an ‘ordinary self’, which we know in our religion as ‘natural man’, or an ‘enemy of God’. That natural man or ‘enemy of God’ discovers morality, or what is good for society. We find things that are within our desires and interests that go against the good of society and realize that we must delete those from our life. We also find things that are good for society that are not among our desires to perform, and realize that we must add them. Because our starting point is self, or the natural man, we are going to become upset at some point at the amount of sacrifice that goes into being part of society. You will either develop a martyr syndrome or give up being part of society if self is your focal point. Christ says to lose yourself to gain eternal life. The true love of Christ