The Meaning of Life Essay

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While discussing the Quran in class we started to go over certain teachings and how they relate to other literary works. The agreement was made that such writings evolved around the same theme, which is the purpose and meaning of an individual’s life and the duties they are responsible for. Through these discussions it only makes sense for us to ask "What is the meaning of life?", if in fact one believes that life was created for a reason. If life simply evolved on Earth by accident, if we just happen to be here, then life cannot have any meaning. Life can only have meaning if it was created for a purpose. If there is no Creator, then there can be no meaning of life. If a person was to find some random scribbles on a piece of paper, and ask what they mean, then we would be asking what the person meant who wrote them. Scribbles only mean something if they were made for a reason. If we found out that the scribbles were just drawn at random then we would cease to look for meaning in them. In the stories we have read up to this point in class, most deal with either fictitious characters seeking out a greater purpose to their life, or non-fictitious characters, such as the Prophet Mohammed or one of the disciples of Christ, doing their best to guide others down a path which could lead them to the purpose for which they were pre-destined for. In the Quran Allah makes the statement that, “I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship me and me alone” (Quran 51:56). In the New Testament of the Bible, Matthew writes that Jesus told his followers to “seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added onto you” (Matthew 6:33). In both instances the writer is suggesting that the purpose of one’s life is to worship and revere the God of the universe. In doing this, one must first come to the belief that there is in

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