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Why is there suffering in the world?
If there is a Creator, why does this Creator let bad things happen?
What is the purpose of life?
Why are we here and what is it all for, and where are we going?
Is there life after death?
Is there some way to know more about this Creator?
It’s not really surprising or extraordinary to expect that the One who created this universe would give some guidance in such matters, since the Creator has provided a means to satisfy every need that we have, both physical and emotional. We feel hunger and need nutrients to sustain us, and all the means to provide those nutrients are there. We thirst, and there is drink, we need clothes and the means exists to protect ourselves from the elements, and so on. We also need companionship, love and support and we have parents and families and live in societies that fulfil those needs. It makes sense that the One who has provided for all of these needs would also provide the answers to such deep, pressing and important issues.
In fact, in some ways those deeper questions are even more important than the physical and emotional issues, since they define our very reason for being. Evidence shows that when people have no clear and convincing direction and purpose in life as individuals and societies, they become profoundly dissatisfied, confused and unhappy. So the need to know why we are here and where we are going and what this is all for, is as important to us as food, drink and sex!