what is the purpose of living knowing thatyou would die at the end?what is the purpose of living knowing thatyou would die at the end?

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larrygates eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The very essence of most religions is that there is life after death. A large number of religions attempt to answer the question of what happens after we die. Neanderthal man buried his dead with ceremony, indicating belief in some form of afterlife. Buddhists and Hindus believe in reincarnation before one enters Nirvana, orMocksha. Christians believe they will be resurrected into a new body. They cite the resurrection of Christ from the dead as justification for this belief.

Religion then offers comfort, and the belief that there is more than just this vale of tears.  For Christians, it is perhaps best expressed by Paul of Tarsus in I Corinthians 15:

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, thefirstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a number of ways to answer this.

First, most religions believe that we do not actually die at the end, at least not permanently.  In these beliefs, we live forever with God.  Since mortal life is not the end, we do not need to worry that it is pointless.

Another way to answer this is to think of other things that we do that also end.  We eat delicious meals simply to enjoy them.  We play games even though we know that the game will end.  We read books knowing that they will end.  The point is that we do these things because the process of doing them is enjoyable.  The same can be said for life.  You could argue that the purpose of living is to enjoy the time you have, regardless of what happens at the end.

So, you can look at it from a religious or a non-religious point of view.  Either way, life has purpose.

jillyfish | Student

Why would life suddenly have a purpose if you lived forever? Can you imagine singing God's praises in heaven for the whole of eternity?

Imagine this... Once a every million years, you can remove one grain of sand from the Sahara. After trillions and trillions of years, when you have finally removed the tens of thousands of square miles of sand from the Sahara desert, you will still not have made the slightest dent in the amount of time left in eternity. And you must sing the Lord's praises for eternity.

miragempro | Student

My friend, Allam Kardec knows? he held the doctrine that spirit, herein Brazil it is well developed and has 7 million followers, believe in reincarnation, as a way to evolve, like a school, which is when studying for years, and going up step by step .

sweetzgarima | Student

we are born in this world for some or the other purpose...
you should find the reason behind your presence and be optimistic in life..!

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