Along with my fellow CMI speakers, I find I am constantly prodding audiences to ponder the questions, “Why death and suffering?” and “If this world is God’s creation, why does evil exist?” Theologians and philosophers have long scratched their heads and searched their hearts in attempts to provide satisfying answers. Something intrinsic to our human nature has caused millions throughout history to wonder, “Where did I come from? Why am I here? What happens to me when I die?” Today, professing atheists tell us that we now know the answers to our origins, life’s meaning, and even our destiny—albeit one that is devastatingly bleak, devoid of an eternal hope. I sometimes quote my colleague in CMI-Australia, Carl Wieland—once an atheist himself:

“If Darwin was right, there is no ultimate meaning or purpose to life except what we choose. You are born, you suffer, you die—that’s it. Perhaps, if you’re lucky, you may get recycled as organic manure—but beyond that, you’re just a number that happened to come up in the great casino of the universe.”

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