If God promises us an eternal life, why do we have to die in order to have eternal life? Why weren’t we created to have the perfect life in the first place? If the purpose of our life is to have perfect love between us and God and a love that would love others just as we love ourselves, it seems we could avoid a lot of pain and discomfort in this life if we could skip all this mystery about the beyond. The question becomes why didn’t God create us in an environment of perfect love?
We could have been created as robots and placed in a perfect world but God gave us free choice. God cannot create a perfect world of love for us because we have been given the freedom to “choose”- to make our own decisions about the life we live. We have to create our own life environment. Love that comes from a free choice of the will is true love. We really have no freedom unless we have the freedom to choose.
This imperfect life is filled with hardships, heartaches, sickness, joys, celebrations, and challenging lessons of self-discipline. We learn about our weaknesses, our courage and our strengths and they can be blessings in disguise. These moments ultimately lead us to our destination or purpose in life. We stumble often and fail but we must overcome obstacles and learn from them. We are also given precious gifts on our journey with the people that are placed in our life. It may be a mother, father, siblings, spouse, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents or some one who only stays for a short time. They all play a role and change our lives in ways we never could imagine.
As we age, we seem to contemplate the finality of death more than we do in our younger days. It doesn’t matter if we believe in an afterlife or not, the thoughts of death force us to examine our life. Death gives meaning to our life. It may be considered a gift to us. We want to consider our true self and what we really stand for – before it is too late. As we think of death, it gives us a free life – a reflection of our deep purpose.