It is truly a question that has been pondered for ages. I am certain that if you asked 3 people what they feel the meaning of life is, you will get 3 different answers. For me, it starts here:
The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by about 40 authors from every walk of life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, etc., in three different languages, on three different continents, over the course of approximately 1,600 years. The bible is inspired and inerrant, which means that the Bible is from God and is without error in everything it addresses.
The bible is the most amazing love letter ever written and has been given to us by God.
In it, we see God's Holiness, wisdom, truthfulness, love, goodness, faithfulness, mercy, kindness, patience, justice, righteousness, wrath, jealously and grace. He is All-knowing, All-powerful, and unchanging.
In the Bible, God explains why I am here, and what the meaning of life is. God tells us through His word who He is, so we can come to know Him and have a relationship with Him. The bible teaches me how to please God and do what is right. We can't love something that we know nothing about. That is why God tells us about Himself in the bible. He made me understand that I am a sinner and that I will never be good enough to go to heaven. Even when I compare myself to the most heinous people in history, and justify in my mind "surely God will forgive me of my sins, because I'm not nearly as bad as they are. I'm human after all and there are a lot of people who have done way worse than me. I'm a good person. A loving God will certainly be understanding and allow me in". God has made clear through His word that Heaven is a sinless place. Not one single sinner (and we all are sinners) will enter into His kingdom. Only one man in history was without sin. . .Jesus. Paul says; (Romans 6:23) "For the wages of sin is death". Death meaning an eternal separation from God in Hell. Paul goes on to say "But the gift of God is eternal LIFE through Jesus". Many people think "God's just going to forgive me", but it is an evil wicked judge that would turn a blind eye to justice. Because He is a good and just judge, He must punish sin. To satisfy justice, Jesus, God in flesh, took God's wrath and paid for all of our sins on the cross. What an amazing act of pure love. Through that act, He demonstrated His justice through punishing sin, and His mercy by forgiving the sinner. God has shown me that through His mercy and grace, I can indeed enter into His Kingdom. Me. . .an unworthy, filthy sinner has been given a way.
When Tara was a year old, I gave my life to Christ. I asked God to forgive me of all my sins and told Him that I knew I was not worthy, but that I believed. I believed that He took the punishment for my sin and God raised Him from the dead 3 days later. Now, I talk to God all the time. I thank Him, I share silly things, and I confide in Him. I let Him know when I'm hurting, scared, and angry. I question His answers to my prayers when the outcome is not what I wanted. In fact, I find myself asking "why" quite often. But I love Him. No matter what life throws at me, I know He is there. I love my children so much. I can not imagine how it would make me feel, if some day, my children turned away from me and no longer wanted to have a relationship with me. For most of my life, I did not know God, have a relationship, or want to have a relationship with Him. I can only imagine how much that must have hurt Him. I am so grateful that Jesus died on the cross for me. I am so grateful that my punishment has been paid. I'm so grateful that God, through his word, has shown me the way to heaven. I tell you that I was deceived through my own ignorance and was headed down the path of destruction and eternal damnation. I was never good enough, nor could I ever be good enough to enter God's Kingdom on my own good works, suffering, or otherwise. Jesus says: (Matthew 7:13-14) "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
The meaning of life for me is that I have found God, and I have indeed found the narrow gate which will lead to eternal life. Now we all just need to spread the good news!
Think about what "The Meaning Of Life" is to you.