A left leaning, common law couple in N.Y. city, whose advice to those who struggled with depression could be summed up as, “Just do it and do it NOW!” were found dead together in a clear suicide pact.
John Littig, a 48-year-old motivational speaker, and Lynne Rosen, his 46-year-old common-law psychotherapist wife ironically hosted a radio show called, “The Pursuit of Happiness”. Besides pointing out the obvious flaw in finding meaning in your life by listening to a radio talk show, their death points out the utter futility of man driven solutions to the ultimate human question, “Why do I exist? What is my purpose in life? How can I find happiness?” These two had everything many people believe would create a great life: youth, money, freedom & fame. And yet, they found their lives so unbearable that they ended it together. The building manager discovered their lifeless bodies last Monday morning after noticing a strong, foul odor coming from their unit.
The couple was seated on the couch, holding hands and wearing plastic bags over their heads. A tube attached to a canister of helium ran into each bag and nearby were two notes, one written by each of the victims. When he was asked later what the notes said, the building manager could recall only one line from Littig’s note: “I can’t take it anymore. My wife is in too much pain.”
I want you to think about the level of desperation involved in that decision. THAT was the reality of their secret lives together: pain. anguish. self hatred. and a loneliness that simply could not be filled with all the love and spontaneity and adventure in the world. How must that feel, to have it all and all is not enough? Not even close to enough? Their death and the manner of their death tells you how it felt.
Every human being was purposely made deficient. We were made with this black hole of sucking need within us to drive us to God. Because within God IS all meaning, purpose and happiness. God knows what he made and he knows what mankind needs most- we need the answer to those questions. And the answer lies in God. This is our inner compass that helps us to fulfill our purpose- it is a gift of love, not hate. Because without God, all there is can be summed up by these people’s death. Nothing can satisfy this need except a relationship with God. And there is only one way to obtain this relationship- through Jesus. Why through Jesus? Because God wanted us to honor Jesus as much as him. Simple.
Atheists so drearily believe that when we pop out of our mother’s womb, we are fully baked- all done- good to go. From that point on, all there is to life is shoveling food in their mouths, pooping it out, talking, sleeping, having sex, popping out more meaningless & depressed human animals, moving around from place to place until the body wears out and dies. Who WOULDN’T want to end that disgusting existence as soon as possible?
If we were mere animals as atheists believe, why should it bother us that this is the end all be all of existence? Heck, why even ask the question, “WHY do I exist?” I mean, that is the easiest of all questions for an atheist to answer: “I exist because my mother and father had sex.” Period. Not difficult. And yet, so very, very unsatisfying. We humans have never been content with that explanation. That one question drives people to insane measures. Those who reject God can only begin the same journey these two began: to reach ever new heights of physical stimulation, mental stimulation and emotional stimulation- ‘Just Do IT! And do it NOW!” Some people believe that what they really need is power- enormous power over people. Some even crave worship, like Obama and Beyonce. Their sucking black hole of need is never satified- so they simply seek more and more and more. Yet, the black hole remains as empty as before. As dark and menacing as before. Without end.
Reject God and you reject the ONLY answer that can satisfy: We exist to become MORE than we were. We exist to GROW into something more than mere animal. We exist to embark on a journey with a glorious result. We exist to… exist forever- a non stop journey of development. We exist to BECOME a child of God. Human birth is the beginning of a trip. A journey. That is why it feels wrong to die. We are NOT born to die. We are born to LIVE. To live forever. This entire universe was provided lovingly by God to give us the proper surroundings in which we are to ultimately choose: God and eternal life or …. death.
Atheists choose death. At least these two had the courage to see the truth of human existence without God. There was a man who was the most intelligent man ever created. He was intelligent AND wise. At the end of his life, he wrote the following passage. His name was King Solomon:
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
3 What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
8 All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.
Wisdom Is Meaningless
12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;
what is lacking cannot be counted.
16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.