the meaning of life, on this earth, for all of us

“larry hall – ganaraska think tank” (apparently a regular commenter on NYTimes blogs) wrote to us with an important revelation. The subject line was “deadline theology”—one of our rotating taglines on KtB. I guess that sparked something in him.

Again another attempt to provide a map to salvation when we have already achieved it.
It is my view-not necessarily guided by the devine-that we, in all our theological study, miss the point of, “where are we and why are we here”.
We are in a state of God’s grace, whatever that might mean, therefore we will remain untainted by sin.
Life, the experience of concious living, comprises about a 70 year period separated from all eternity. It begins through the so-called original sin and ends in what we fear most – death.
We are here in a concious existance created by God for the purpose of introducing us to the bad. (sin), as opposed to the good, represented by most of the eternity of everlasing life.
God – in his wisdom and in his simplicity, places us, as concious beings in a world that sees sin present like a disease, spreading and infecting everyone. Herein is the meaning.
Before physical birth the spirit that becomes man is pure and unititiated in the “bad”.
In this world this spirit is exposed and thus learns a lesson that is essential to moving on.
I’m not sure the man-spirit is required to learn how to overcome the sin that God has placed before him. I doubt it.
So there we have it – the 70 year earthly exposure to sin – giving us the eternal balance of good and bad, those mystic qualities so much a part of our legends.
Thats the meaning of life, on this earth, for all of us, based on the evolution of our specie from the most primitive form to our evolvement into a creature able to learn the vital lesson of existance on this earth.
What a remarkable story –
Larry Hall   Ganaraska think tank

Remarkable indeed! But, wait, what was the meaning of life again?

Nathan Schneider is an editor of Killing the Buddha and writes about religion, reason, and violence for a variety of publications. He is also a founding editor of Waging Nonviolence. His first two books, published by University of California Press in 2013, are God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. Visit his website at The Row Boat.