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The Four Vital Questions of Life: Origins, Meaning, Morality and Destiny

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Children from 2 nd – 6 th grade are dismissed for Children’s Church at this time!

4 Central Questions of Life:

4 Central Questions of Life Origins Meaning Morality Destiny “Where did I come from?” “What happens after this life?” “What is the meaning of life?” “How do I determine right from wrong?”

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World View

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Origins “Where did I come from?” Meaning “What is the meaning of life?” Morality “How do I determine right from wrong?” Destiny “What happens after this life?”

Origins Where did I come from?:

Origins Where did I come from ? Dependency Parents, Grandparents—Ancestors water, oxygen, food, trees,

Origins Where did I come from?:

Origins Where did I come from ? What is the independent cause from which all dependence comes from?

Origins Where did I come from?:

Origins Where did I come from ? “We’re quite happy with our Big Bang description of cosmic origins. But actually, the Big Bang accounts for what happened only after the beginning. The beginning itself, and especially what happened before , remains the biggest mystery of all. Why? Because our universe is the only known example of a universe in the universe.” Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Origins Where did I come from?:

Origins Where did I come from ? NATURAL SUPERNATURAL   ILLUSION OR…

…maybe we came from the Easter Bunny?:

…maybe we came from the Easter Bunny?

Origins Where did I come from?:

Origins Where did I come from ? NATURAL - We were formed by random, purposeless and natural, (perhaps eternal) material or force. SUPERNATURAL - We were created on purpose by a personal, eternal being. ILLUSION - We do not really exist; its all an illusion.

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Natural? Supernatural? God?

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Meaning “What is the meaning of life?”

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Meaning “What is the meaning of life?” Survival of the fittest?

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Meaning “What is the meaning of life?” Happiness?

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Meaning “What is the meaning of life?” Supernatural Experience?

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Morality “How do I determine right from wrong?”

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Morality “How do I determine right from wrong?”

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Morality “How do I determine right from wrong?”

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Morality “How do I determine right from wrong?”

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Morality “How do I determine right from wrong?” Supernatural? Higher Being or Force? God?

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Morality “How do I determine right from wrong?” God

Destiny What happens after this life?:

Destiny What happens after this life? Reincarnation Oneness with the Universe Become God Reward or Punishment based on behavior Non-existence

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Matthew 19:4 And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female …" Origins

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John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. Meaning

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Matthew 16:26 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Meaning

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Matthew 10:39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. Meaning

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Matthew 22:36-40 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37 And He said to him, ‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. Morality

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Matthew 22:36-40 39 The second is like it, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." Morality

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John 14:2-6 2 "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. Destiny

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John 14:2-6 4 And you know the way where I am going ." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me ." Destiny

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Origins Meaning Morality Destiny

The Resurrection:

The Resurrection

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