Originally posted by JS357
As you say, "What purpose would there be without god?" is similar to "What purpose would there be without death?" Some people point to god as the answer to the apparent absurdity of life that for all our purposes and goals, only ends in death. Others say that the concept of god is an attempt to confront and defeat the prospect of death.
I think the knights confession from Bergmans existentialist masterpiece, the
Seventh seal is insightful,
Yes, I hear you.
I want knowledge, not faith, not suppositions,
but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His
hand towards me, reveal Himself and speak to
But He remains silent.
I call out to Him in the dark but no one seems
to be there.
Perhaps no one is there.
Then life is an outrageous horror. No one can
live in the face of death, knowing that all is
Most people never reflect about either death or
the futility of life.
But one day they will have to stand at that
last moment of life and look towards the
When that day comes ...
In our fear, we make an image, and that image
we call God.
You are worrying ...
Death visited me this morning. We are playing
chess together. This reprieve gives me the
chance to arrange an urgent matter.
What matter is that?
My life has been a futile pursuit, a wandering,
a great deal of talk without meaning. I feel no
bitterness or self-reproach because the lives
of most people are very much like this. But I
will use my reprieve for one meaningful deed.
Is that why you are playing chess with Death?
He is a clever opponent, but up to now I
haven't lost a single man.
How will you outwit Death in your game?
I use a combination of the bishop and the
knight which he hasn't yet discovered. In the
next move I'll shatter one of his flanks.
I'll remember that.