A Self-Evident Eternity Surrounds Us
Philosophy can't answer the questions of death and eternity and neither can science at this point. Science will never be able to tell us the purpose of life. It is a theological matter. There is a God or there isn't. There is an answer. After all the fact exists that the same thing happens to all of us when we die. It is not an arbitrary thing according to our personal whims or any undefined individual belief systems. How do you find that answer?
The earth's recorded written history is only around 6000 years old. Why isn't it 100,000 years old or millions of years old? How old is the past after all? Some scientific theories speculate that the cosmic horizon is some 13.8 billion years ago and so began the universe as we know it. It is just theory and speculation however.
Where do we begin to contemplate eternity? To what do we compare it? Can you imagine a ping pong ball in the ocean. This doesn't even begin to compare to the earth in the infinite cosmos where it floats. We are chained by gravitational forces that we can't see to a sun that gives us life in a finely balanced environment. This is in a galaxy so large and surrounded by a sea of galaxies we can scarcely comprehend.
Archaeologists speculate as to the development of humans, but they don't really know. After all, they are only digging on a single planet in a universe so vast it is less than a child in a sand box.
Some scientists tell us that the process of formation of the earth is hundreds of millions, if not billions, of years old. How is it that we only came to a state of being able to write sufficiently to record our history six millennia ago? Do they suppose that any have unlocked the mysteries of the universe in the last two hundred years?
How long time had gone on before I was born and how long would it go after I die? It was obvious to me that eternity was all around us. This life is a subset of that eternity, a mortal journey surrounded by an infinite past and endless future. If there is a God over all this, what is he like?
If choices and actions do not find meaning in the eternity all around us, are we not missing an important part of the equation of life? Can we even begin to develop a full purpose without this knowledge?
Our minuscule planet is in a solar system in a galaxy free floating in an endless sea of galaxies traveling at 1.2 million miles an hour. They are so far away from each other, it will be billions of years before we would approach another.
I didn't even begin to ask myself, "what if my space travels were for a trillion miles or a hundred trillion or a billion trillion?" It didn't cross my mind to think of what had happened a hundred trillion or billion trillion years ago.
Most of the speculating scientists have some eight to twelve years of post secondary education, and only a few decades of experience. They don't use trillions in their theories when contemplating the unending nature of space and eternity. How can the elements of creation not be timeless? Matter cannot be created or destroyed. Creation exnihilo or out of nothing is a theory of faulty theoly not scientists.
People factor out death and live life in a fog of limiting views, pursuing routines that preoccupy their every moment. The bubbles of metal, wood and glass, of cars, planes and buildings that we live in give us a false sense of power and security that is more temporary than we know.
If the heavens are in fact endless then the only theological conclusion that makes sense is that God's creations are also endless.
The philosophical conclusions of theologians have been that for all of eternity God did nothing and then apparently on a whim, about 6000 years ago decided to create people. The age and creation of the universe and this planet are debated among scientists and orthodox theologians inconclusively in their respective fields.
Theological scholars in contemplating the existence of a divine being have looked to their own imaginations. Because they had a book that said there was a creator over this vastness they needed to find a way to fit some of the descriptions. In their limited visions they have developed a one planet creator with limited ability to create and save souls. This being they say cannot create after its own kind as this would somehow introduce conflict. How could this be if God is love?
Is God really a being like the deity of creedal sectarian scholars? Was the natural order of the heavens a single incorporeal intelligence enjoying a solitary existence for eons of eternity?
If we are the result of God living and creating in his image, even that of the natural family for all eternity why would scholars think it just started six thousand years ago? Why would Christian scholars put limits on God saying he does not bring salvation to his children on worlds without end in an endless universe.
They limit God's power to create and they also limit his love and salvation to a finite system of saving souls. They claim that he is incapable of producing after his own kind. The gender pronoun his is used because that is what scripture attributes to God. Their doctrinal conclusions however contradict this as they claim God is actually genderless, celibate and single. An eternal bachelor of sorts.
The orthodox concept of salvation consists of a limited number of souls that will praise and worship a being that should by all rights need no praise or worship. Many more are condemned they say to an eternal torment in hell. Such assignment was only possible after they were created. What kind of being would do that?
In 1820 a seeker of truth, a young man named Joseph Smith wanted to know which religious denomination was correct. Confused by the myriad of Bible based denominations, philosophies and divisive contentions of then current Christianity, he decides to resolve his confusion by turning to prayer. Here is the story.
God gave him understanding and revelations that any person can study and then follow the pattern of turning to God for answers. We only seek to teach those that are looking for truth.
A second witness of Christ was given. A companion to the first. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. It confirms the testimony of the Bible and clarifies that errors that have developed from uninspired scholars.
It is a course of neverending love between actual people, exalted and glorious beings capable of giving life forever and creating endlessly.