Originally Posted by ThomasL
We are here to grow,experience and create. Please don't put words in my mouth about God not caring about us as his love for all life is infinite and eternal. I simply mean that God is not concerned about our beliefs because beliefs having nothing to do with the soul. They are of the mind. What we think is real here is one big illusion. Another reason we are here is because we chose to be. Earth is a place where you can have all kinds of experiences.
Well, your philosophy on the meaning and purpose of life is nothing like Christianity's, but is very similar to what the average person on the street would say when asked the question.
You know, one of the things that struck me as so profound initially about the Catholic Church was the answer to the question "Why are we here?" My entire life, every single person I met would give an answer similar to what Thomas said above - that it's all about "experiences" and "growing" or some other such emphemeral, vague answer. I even gave the same answer myself when I was not Catholic.
When I first heard the Catholic Church's definition of why we are here (this is literally page one of the catechism) it hit me like a ton of bricks. You ready?We are here to know, love, and serve God in this life so that we may be happy with Him in Heaven in the next.
Short. Simple. Doable.
No mystical ramblings about stuff I didn't understand - just a very simple set of instructions.
Know Him, love Him, and serve Him.
And as the Church says, you cannot love
Whom you do not know
, and you cannot serve
Whom you do not love
Hence, the whole reason for the existence of the catechism - so you can know
Him. Why would you follow His laws if you do not understand why He made them? You wouldn't. But the more you know about Him, the more you love His law and want to serve Him by obeying. That's how it works.