5,541 people don’t know what to do with their life

logo.gif It’s past midnight. I was about to go to sleep, but then I saw something shocking on 43 Things… keep reading to find out what it was.

So, I was listening to the radio today when I heard that someone had shot 8 people dead in a shopping mall. He injured another 7. And he killed himself.

He left a suicide note for his relatives. “I wanted to go out with a bang.” Does that strike you?

There have been many times in my life when I’d been sad, disappointed, or embarrassed. But I have never been to the point where I’d seriously consider taking the life of another person, let alone 8 people. How could someone do such a terrible thing?

You might think that the death penalty is the only way to deal with people like this. A random act of violence on innocent bystanders. What else could prove the value of human life? And yet he didn’t value his own life enough to keep it, probably killing himself even before the police arrived.

Are you familiar with “43 Things”? It’s a website where people post what they want to do. Here’s one of the biggest ones on the home page, as of this writing:

“decide what the hell I would like to do with the rest of my life”

Read that one more time. 5,541 people want to “decide what the hell” to do with their lives. This is astonishing to me. With such a desire being so popular, perhaps the suicidal killer is not so unusual.

Now, I’m not saying these five thousand people are mentally insane and would ever consider violence. But when you have nothing to live for, what can you hope for? So many people are searching for an answer. And it continues to baffle me how people can rationally think that atheism is the answer.

The Bible has stood the test of time, lasting well over 1,000 years despite persecution and organized efforts against it. It has been proven to be perfectly historically accurate in all cases where it’s feasible to do so. When you read it, you can tell it’s all from the same book, even though it was written by many different “authors” over a wide timespan. It continues to be the best-selling book of all time. How can you not heed its contents?

On the radio I heard a preacher explain that at one point, people thought the Bible must be false because writing didn’t exist during the time of Moses. Now, I’m no historian, but this is fascinating to me. Some people actually believed that because no writing existed that long ago, that the scriptures must be false. Later archaeological evidence proved them wrong: there was indeed writing. And there is not been a single archaeological find that disproves anything that the Bible has stated to be fact.

There’s no getting around it. The Bible is the real deal, and people need it (just as the Bible said they would).

4 Responses to “5,541 people don’t know what to do with their life”

  1. TJ says:

    “It has been proven to be perfectly historically accurate in all cases where it’s feasible to do so.”

    There’s something unsettling about this sentence, and I’m not sure what it is. But let’s assume, in any case, that we agree the Bible is historically accurate. Does it therefore become a book to live one’s life by? A history textbook is also historically accurate, generally, but no one finds solace and meaning (in the “what is the meaning of life?” sense) in textbooks, do they?

    Does the Bible even answer the question? Which book of the Bible tells me what the hell to do with my life? What to major in, what type of jobs to seek out after I graduate, who to marry?

    Also, I think you’re mischaracterizing atheism a little bit. I wouldn’t call it an “answer” to anything. It’s more like the assertion that the answers don’t seem to lie in religion.

    • Elliot Lee says:

      1. Nope, I don’t think the Bible’s historicity alone is what makes it a book to live by.

      2. Yes, the Bible as a whole explains the importance and purpose of life. Of course, with free will, we’re all welcome to select our own majors, etc.

      3. Okay, so where do the answers lie?

  2. katy says:

    The answer probably lies in answering questions such where did I come from, and why am I here? Religion in fact does answer those questions. Atheism only has one place to turn to, and that is man himself. Let’s not forget that humanism is a religion.

  3. If you really are so depressed and sad, kill yourself. Why make those other people suffer? Why make their families suffer? The only reason you would do something like that is if you were seriously ill (mentally).

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