Is life without God meaningless?

Can one live a purposeful life without believing in a supernatural being that gives meaning? Does life make sense even if it doesn’t go on after that? This is what the third episode of the Tagpost podcast “Geitreich” is all about.

Bernadette Lang, principal of the Home Academy, Loreto Catholic Fellowship’s Discipleship School, thinks this is possible: “I believe that as long as you seek the truth, you can live a meaningful life. I believe that every human can recognize the elements as real. If a person realizes Once something is good and follow this path, I believe this is a useful activity that does not automatically correlate with an explicit commitment. I think it becomes difficult when you simply don’t want to grow in knowledge. And I do have this general skepticism of our time: that many people simply don’t have problems Meanwhile, Bernadette Lang asserts: “The moment I realize that there is someone who loves me, my life a lot becomes clearer.”

Love is the meaning of life

For Valerie Schonen, who accompanied Reverend Franciscus von Posselager of the Emmanuel Society for a year as part of the German Bishops Conference project “Valerie and the Priest,” life makes sense even without God: “Sensitivity comes from trying to find your purpose, live your ideals, live your values, on An example to stand up for justice. It begins with a family celebration where you sit next to your 90-year-old grandmother and hand her a coffee and then proceeds to the refugee initiative you are involved in, for example.” A place in society is also for Bernadette a fundamental sense of human existence. “Personally, I feel like I’m receiving that from God. So it’s kind of a solo show that I think you can only identify with if you know who you are.”

For both Bernadette and Valerie, the meaning of life is ultimately love. “Now I would say – and this has grown more and more over the years – that the meaning of life is love,” sums up Valerie. But whether one sees a reference to something supernatural is a matter of interpretation: “You get to the point where you have to decide: If I see this sunset, do I see something divine in love between two people—or God—or just not?”

For Bernadette, love is also the meaning of life, but there is one fundamental difference: “I will then go on to say that the meaning is devotion in its deepest form. I notice that when I give up, it is a moment that is meaningful to me. I think it is a deep longing that is ingrained in people. And that Longing then refers to a being that we can also call God.” Death. So it seems to me that love has this desire for something longer, something to last. A person known to serve others is still praised for serving them centuries later. So it seems to me that with love comes a certain dimension of eternity.”

Faith in God is a choice

But Valerie also says that belief in God is ultimately a decision: “When we were on World Youth Day, I asked Francis: How do you feel, what do you feel, what do you feel? Then he said, We are here in the crowd and I feel God. Then I asked him, “How do you feel, How’s he with this god?” Whatever he described next, that feeling as we stood among thousands of people and sang about peace, I just felt it and thought it was so wonderful. So I realized at some point that Francis and I feel nothing different at all, but I I see something different from a rational decision.”

The conversation between the persuasive Christian and the agnostic shows that people can have the same opinions and yet come to different conclusions. But this does not rule out belief in the truth.

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