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Discuss: How to Make Sense of Life

In this week’s Saturday Session, Dr. Vince Vitale, RZIM’s Regional Director for the Americas and Director of the Zacharias Institute, poses an uncomfortable question: “Can we handle the truth?” Vince makes the case that now, more than ever before, we are confused and in fear of the truth. Spend some time with Vince this weekend as he guides us towards a way of handling and embracing truth.

It is our knowledge of the start, the finish, the objective, and the rules of the game that provide us with the freedom to play it and enjoy it in a meaningful way. If you don’t have the answers to those four fundamental questions, all you can do on the field is pretend, and hope no one notices that you have no idea what you’re doing or why you’re doing it.

Why have we become afraid of truth? …Experience has taught us that truth leads to disagreement, and the fear is that once you disagree, that is going to start you on a trajectory that leads to the devaluing of the person that you disagree with, and then to intolerance, and then to extremism, and then to violence, and ultimately to terrorism.

We live in a miraculous world, and there is no getting around that fact.

But, for all people to be equally valuable, there has to be something about all people, every single person, that is equally true.

He loves us with grace, which is exactly the same for every single person on this planet. And there is absolutely nothing that we can do to earn it, and there is absolutely nothing we can do to lose it.

Are you a random collection of genetic letters, or are you a poem that was carefully and intentionally crafted by God Himself?

“If the resurrection is true, then what that means for you is that if it comes to a point in your life where it seems like there is no hope, if it comes to a point in your life where it seems like even death is inevitable and there’s no way to escape it…well, death is not the end. There’s more. There’s hope no matter what.” - Nabeel Qureshi

Are we from nothing, by nothing, and for nothing, as Quentin Smith put it, the philosopher, or are we from someone, by someone, and for someone?

Make it Personal

  • Who are you giving your life for in order to be able to communicate the truth to them?

  • Of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny, which do you find most difficult to communicate? Why do you think that is?

  • How does your perception of your ordinary activities shift when you recognize that “you are a poem that was carefully and intentionally crafted by God Himself?” How might we communicate that to the world around us?