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Why are we here?

“It’s one of life’s great mysteries isn’t it? Why are we here? I mean, are we the product of some cosmic coincidence, or is there really a God watching everything? You know, with a plan for us and stuff. I don’t know, but it keeps me up at night.”

Ok, seriously though, why do we even exist at all. I know everyone has their own ideas including myself, religious or not, but can you put that idea or belief to the test? The test being why are we here, what is the reason we exist at all. And if you believe god created us, why does he exist. Similarly, if the big bang created everything, why and for what reason or purpose? I am rather curios to hear everyone else’s answer to this question.


Closing Statement from A Few Good Men

I think its clear below that we all have differing opinions on why we are here. I am very glad to see so much interest and discussion about this and I personally have expanded my own thoughts as to why we are here. I hope that everyone who's commented has also considered some of the differing view points too. Will there ever be a widely excepted answer to this question? Someday perhaps but I think for now, what each of us believe to be true is as good as knowing the actual answer. Thanks for your comments!

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  • Jan 3 2013: Every human on earth is a child of God. We have a spirit and a body. The spirit comes from God, our body comes from our earthly parents. Before the earth was here we lived with God as spirits. In order for us to learn and grow God created an imperfect, hard world. I don't know if He used evolution to create it, maybe He did. But we came here to this place where we have to struggle, where we have pain and joy and family and death and disease and everything else imaginable. This life is like school. We can choose to learn from our experiences or not. We are free to choose the road that leads back to God or not. He wants us to return to Him and ultimately become like Him, and for that purpose has called prophets and established a church to show us that way. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to make that way possible. He is willing to help us through this life, and loves each one of us, but will never force us one way or the other. That would defeat the purpose of coming here.
    • Jan 4 2013: Dear Scot,

      Like I said, you go on your own journey while I go on mine, because as you have seen in so many debates be it in TedTalks or some where else, people will not agree.

      What I do know is, I am living my life the way I have been programmed to do, just like the ants, the bees etc and I am impacting other peoples lives positively and that is what matters most to me.

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