Who are we? What are we? How did we get here?
The Bible appropriately begins by declaring, “In the beginning, God created…” We cannot understand who or what we are without first knowing that we were created by God. If we remove God from the picture, then our lives have no meaning. R. C. Sproul explains:
The meaning of our lives is at stake. Our dignity is on the line. If human beings are considered alone, apart from relationship to God, then they remain alone and insignificant. If we are not creatures made by and related to God, we are cosmic accidents. Our origin is insignificant and our destiny is equally insignificant. If we emerge from the slime by accident and finally disintegrate into a void or abyss of nothingness, then we live our lives between two poles of absolute meaninglessness. We are peeled zeroes, stripped naked of dignity and worth.
To assign dignity to a human being temporarily, that is, between the poles of a meaningless origin and a meaningless destiny, is to indulge ourselves in pure unvarnished sentiment. We tease ourselves with self-delusion.
- Sproul, R.C. Essential Truths of the Christian Faith. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992. pp. 128.