Jean Paul Sartre wanted to be remembered fighting for causes of humanity around the world. This is quite ironic because he and his cohorts espoused existentialism, a philosophy which can affirm no other reality other than self-existence and self-affirmation.
Our modern world, without even knowing the profundities of philosophy, has basically adopted the existentialist outlook. But people largely haven’t caught on to helping others. You see, if all you can really know is between your ears, then you can live for yourself, please yourself, serve yourself, because you don’t even know if others exist, much less God.
The Bible is antithetical to all this non-sense. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. — 1 Cor. 10:24 NIV. If you exist, you DON’T exist for yourself but for others.
When I was in high school, my teachers indoctrinated me with existentialist teaching. It troubled me. As a youngster, I still didn’t have depth or perspective to see through the veneer of sophisticated arguments. I’m glad I held on to Jesus through the years.
Not so, many friends. The onslaught of teaching evolution, Marxism, existentialism and the like was the fusillade they didn’t survive. Those authors and teachers pointed students to a “reality” void of any purpose other than self-actualization.
Christianity does many wonderous things for you and to you. But eventually you are to mature and join Christ’s work in helping others. When you get to that point, you will discover the greatest happiness humanity can know: the satisfaction of serving God and people. Stop focusing on your self.
Excellent post. For me, true faith is all about “help the least among you.” Thank you for a well written piece that challenges us to come out of our smallness and into the largeness of God’s love through serving others!
Thanks for the affirmation. As they say in Spanish: El que no vive para servir, no sirve para vivir. It is untranslateable. Do you know Spanish, per chance?
I agraee – buying a new car might bring a moment of happiness, but such ‘happiness’ is fleeting. Really the greatest happiness and longest lasting joyful feeling comes from helping or serving others. Like watching someone you helped teach how to do a front kick (I have a black belt and help teach after my day job 🙂 at a martial arts school) – break their first board during their first belt testing – something they thought they could not do, but you helped them realize/teach them they could.
I agree with what you say: helping people do something that they previously could not do. It is a great satsifaction!
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Ah, the concept of what’s ‘good’ and what’s ‘right’ often troubled me; and I have a tendency to simply not do anything. A very timely reminder.
Thank you, but above all, thank God for you.
Thanks for your sincerity. I can understand people who search. I can’t understand people who scoff. I’m with you! I really like your work! Keep it up! It makes the Bible attractive to all eyes, even those who don’t know Christ yet. Kind regards, Mike Ashcraft
Very good post. Good reminder for us all. Thanks!
Thank you for the wonderful post and thanks for liking my blog! Blessings always!
Very, very true. I deal with the fallout from the lie of existentialism in people every day.
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