That's why every one of us when we grow up, seek to find our purpose in life. We were created like that! The day you left school or college you had to take one of the most important decisions of your life, namely, 'what am I going to do with my life in order to live happily?!'
There is an empty and unfulfilled vacuum in every person's life until we have found our purpose! God created us like that, and unless we earnestly seek to find our purpose in life, we will die unfulfilled!
How sad to see scores of people across all walks of life - rich and poor, young and old - living unfulfilled lives on the ash-heap of broken dreams. People are grabbing at every stalk of straw in their search for fulfillment. Some revert to alcohol, drugs, pornography, sex and crime, while others try more respectable alternatives such as music, sport, psychology, work, the internet or money - just to find that none of these things in itself can produce real fulfillment and happiness!
Fulfillment and happiness always go hand in hand with purpose.
Unless you find your purpose, you will never find true fulfilment and happiness in life! You will die an unfulfilled person! The question that follows is, how do you know what your purpose in life is?
Before we answer this question, you should ask, who determines your purpose? Your parents? Your ancestors? Your class? Your education? Yourself? The answer to this question holds the key to the discovery of your purpose!
I have good news for you! Discovering your purpose is not going to be hard at all, because your purpose was determined by your Creator!
God has a glorious purpose and plan of abundance and happiness for your life!
Hi there! It's me again, Elmer Grobler. You may be wondering, what is qualifying me to teach you anything about discovering your purpose and a happy life ... Well, let me be frank with you - many years of failure and living without purpose! Basically, you have two choices - you can learn yourself and in all probability make all the same mistakes I made, ending up with the multitudes of others on the ash-heap of an unfulfilled life; or you can learn from me and avoid all the heartaches and pain. I recommend the last, but the choice is yours.
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How do I know that the Bible is the truth?
Although there are many more, I am going to give you only ten reasons why I believe that the Bible is the true and infallible Word of God:
1. The first and foremost reason is because God, the Creator of heaven and earth, was revealed to me through its pages. Nobody told me that the God of the Bible was the true God - this was a revelation! This revelation was not only a mental revelation, but a spiritual revelation to such an extend that to this very day I have a personal and intimate spiritual relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. (If you have a problem with the idea that "God can have a Son" - follow this link.)
2. The second reason is that nobody in the world who has ever searched for the truth with an open and honest heart and mind, have ever failed to find the truth of God in the Bible! Millions of people have found it over the centuries and millions of people are finding it at present! This is the reason why some religions prohibit their followers from reading the Bible, because they know that a huge danger exists that they may lose them! If you are really looking for the truth, read the Bible alongside your own sacred writings - and decide for yourself! Christians have no problem if their followers read other religion's sacred writings - the truth will prevail! The Bible has no competition - it is in a class of its own!
3. The third reason is the miracle of its compilation. The Bible is not the fruit of only one prophet. If the Bible was written by only one prophet, it's authority could have been challenged. The Bible was written over a period of 1400 to 1800 years by more than 40 different authors, containing 66 books, 1189 chapters and 31,240 verses - consisting of one coherent message, beginning with creation in Genesis chapter 1 and ending with consummation in Revelation chapter 22 - each book and chapter forming a vital part of the coherent whole, without a single contradiction in its context. What do you think the chances are that a book written by 40 authors over a period of 1800 years would produce such a result?
4. The Bible was finally compiled in 387 AD and has to this day been accepted by the entire Christian church world wide as the inspired Word of God without any division! It is also the greatest selling Book in history and the Book that has been translated into the greatest number of languages in the world. It is the only sacred writing that can be read by the majority of the world population - and will within a short number of years be the ONLY book in the world to be translated into all 6,900 languages of the world!
5. The Bible has no barriers. Millions of people are discovering the truth of the Bible across the globe in every country of the world. The message of the Bible has no national, cultural, class, language, racial, or political boundaries. It is God's Word for every person, of every nation, culture, tribe and tongue through all the ages!
6. The Bible reveals God's true purpose in creation and His true purpose and plan for every one of His creatures. The Bible also reveals the reason for the state of this world. It not only contains God's perfect solution for the social problems of this world, but above all contains the only and perfect plan of restoration from the fall. The Bible is the only book in the world that provides a solution to the problem of sin and the fall, and offers assurance of salvation for everyone who believes!
7. The New Testament of the Bible reveals the history of Jesus Christ, God the Son, the Saviour of the world, His crucifixion, His resurrection from the grave and His ascension into heaven. These are indisputable facts that were witnessed by multitudes. While many people over the centuries have attempted to disprove these facts - none have succeeded! While there is overwhelming evidence to prove these facts historically correct, nobody have ever succeeded to prove them wrong! At best critics have succeeded to spread unreliable rumours that are believed by some who have no courage to face the truth!
8. The 'Prophet' of the Bible is the only 'prophet' of any faith with an empty grave! The graves of all other prophets are occupied with dead bones! If it can be proved that Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, Christianity will die! If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, the Christian faith is worthless! However, if the resurrection of Jesus Christ is true - that changes everything! Millions of people around the world are coming to the indisputable conclusion that Jesus Christ really is alive and reveals Himself alive to every single person who seeks Him in truth!!
9. The Bible is the ultimate source of all progress, advancement, development, prosperity and liberty in the world. The political systems of democracy, freedom of choice, education and free enterprise are inherited from Biblical principles. Where the Bible is honoured, there is progress and development! Where the Bible is absent or suppressed, there is regression, poverty and bondage. That's the reason why 53% of the world's income belongs to 33% of the world's Christian population.
10. Christianity cannot be killed, because it is built on the eternal principles of the Bible. The more Christians that are killed the more the Church grows! "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." This was proved in China where little more than 60 years ago, in 1949, there were less than 4 million Christians after all foreign missionaries were expelled and Christians brutally persecuted by a most repressive communist regime. Today China has the largest Christian population in the world, having exceeded the 100 million mark, and growing!
Are you searching for the truth? I want to guide you in a short and simple, but systematic manner through the truths of the Bible in such a way that you will discover God's truth and purpose for your life!
One of the great truths I discovered when I found God's truth and purpose for my own life, was that I possess spiritual power and authority through prayer. I discovered that I can influence and change people's lives and the world for the better through prayer. In fact I learned that God changes the world and establishes His Kingdom on earth through the prayers of His children. You can too when you discover the truth of the Bible!
So, while we guide you through an exploration of the central truths of the Bible, we would like to pray for you that you will find God's truth and purpose for your life.
Having experienced something of the power of prayer, my own greatest need is for Christians to pray for me! The greatest gift anyone can give me is to pray for me! We herewith offer to pray for you, and if you have the faintest idea of the value of this offer, you will grab it with both hands! It's free!
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If you reject or ignore this invitation you may continue to live in spiritual and emotional poverty and darkness, in which case you will probably die for the sake of a lie; or you may decide that you want to discover the truth of God and how you can be what God made you to be and how you can fulfill God's purpose for your life, today! This could undoubtedly be the most important decision you have ever made and will ever make in your entire life! I beg you, for your own sake and benefit, do not consider this invitation lightly!
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It astonishes me that intelligent people can believe this! It is the more astonishing that millions of people prefer to believe this in spite of an overwhelming amount of evidence to the contrary. I want to tell you the truth! Your great-great grandfather and grandmother were Adam and Eve. You were created in the image of God! You were created to be a child of God in order to be part of the family of God, in exactly the same way a child born unto you is born in your image and part of your family!
If you were a king, what does that make your children? Princes and princesses, not so? Well, this may shock you, but you were created to be a prince and princess of God, the Creator of the universe, and His Kingdom! Dear friend, if you are a member of the human race (homo sapiens) you are a descendant of the Royal Family - not just any royal family - THE Royal Family. The 'blood' of God the Creator of the universe is 'running through your veins'!
This purpose and plan firstly includes your relationship with Him and your spiritual well-being. However, it also includes your marriage and family life, your job and occupation, your finances, your home, yes even your sport and recreation. God's plan and purpose for your life is perfect and you are guaranteed to find perfect fulfillment and happiness therein. In fact, this is the only place where you will find perfect fulfillment and happiness. The pinnacle of fulfillment and happiness is to be found only in the centre of God's purpose and plan for your life!
If this is so, why then do so few people find their God-given purpose in life? The answer is primarily two-fold:
2. An unreliable source of truth
Many people in this world are simply ignorant of the truth, They simply don't know any better for a number of reasons. The reasons for this ignorance are really irrelevant. What is important is that the truth are made known to everyone - and that is our purpose with this program.
2. An Unreliable Source of Truth
Many people sincerely believe they know the truth and have all the right answers - but their source is unreliable, and they don't know it! How will we know that our source of truth is reliable? What is a reliable source of truth? How will you know the truth? More than 9,000,000 people are searching for the phrase "what is truth" just on Google every month!
As a young man I also searched for the truth. Although I was brought up in a Christian home, I rebelled against Christianity as a teenager and refused to accept the Bible as the truth. At the age of 26 I began searching for the truth. I refused to speak to any Christian and avoided contact with Christians at any cost, because I was brought up in a Christian home and wanted to avoid what I perceived to be Christian indoctrination.
However, an inner conflict raged within me and I began searching for the truth by reading various books and articles - anything but Christian!
My soul was dark, without a ray of light. One day I came to breaking point and I just drove off in my motorcar to nowhere. While I was driving I came under the conviction of my sin. I suddenly realised that I was running away from God, and for the first time in my life I spoke to God as if He was alive and real! I confessed that I was running away from Him and I asked Him for forgiveness. Nobody spoke to me and I did not even read anything that pointed me in the right direction, but a miracle happened. Suddenly the light of God shined into the dungeon of my soul, my darkness was lifted and I was free!
Without anybody telling me, I suddenly realised who God was! Jesus Christ was revealed to me as God the Son, God revealed to humanity in a human body, and I accepted Him as my Lord and Saviour. I was born again by the Spirit of God and my life was changed completely. I started reading the Bible and through its pages the God of heaven, Creator of heaven and earth, was revealed to me as a living reality. This was no indoctrination or educational exercise! This was a supernatural revelation!
After three years I went through a serious crisis in my life and this shook my faith to it's roots. I could not understand why God could allow such a destructive thing to happen to me and I began doubting God. Once again I began doubting the source of what I had believed as the truth, and I stopped reading the Bible. For seven years I lived a back-slidden life until God in His immeasurable mercy, once again revealed Himself to me. I once again surrendered my life fully to Him and He restored my faith. Once again He revealed Himself to me through the pages of the Bible - and I have since been living a victorious Christian life for more than 25 years! I have discovered my purpose and found assurance of salvation, peace, fulfilment and happiness that surpasses all human understanding!
I have since met hundreds other, and know of millions of Christians world wide who have found the same assurance of salvation, peace, fulfilment and happiness that surpasses all human understanding - with the Bible as the foundation of their faith. However, experience alone is not sufficient evidence that the Bible is the truth!
In order to understand your purpose, you must first understand who you are! Have you ever tried to build your family tree on Ancestry.Com? Some people discovered that they are descended from a poor or working class, while others discovered they are descended from a royal ancestry. Have you ever heard the story of someone who was living in poverty, later to discover that he or she was actually a descendant of a royal and rich family? There are many stories like that, but the tragedy of our day is that billions of people in this world are living in physical, spiritual and emotional poverty because they don't know who they are!
Do you know who you are? Do you really know from whom you descend? Millions of people around the world believe that their great-great grandfather was a monkey. In South Africa we have a world heritage site called the "Cradle Of Humanity". Some people believe this was the origin of humanity. Some time ago I visited the Maropeng museum at the so-called "Cradle Of Humanity" and took these photos there.