“As St. Anselm saw, God is by definition the greatest conceivable being and therefore the highest Good. Indeed, He is not merely perfectly good; He is the locus and paradigm of moral value. God’s own holy and loving nature supplies the absolute standard against which all actions are measured. He is by nature loving, generous, faithful, kind, and so forth.” – William Lane Craig, (Opening statement from his debate with Sam Harris)
“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” Ecc 2:11
The writer of Ecclesiastes looked over his accomplishments; the effort, toil, and work, and what was his appraisal?: that everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained.
For millenia, man has looked for the meaning of his existence. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a rock star. I wanted to stand on a stage and sing my songs for thousands of people. I wanted all of the notoriety and riches that came with it. Was that my meaning or purpose? Or was that just a goal. Your goal in life can be hitting 40 home runs in the major leagues or it can be having the beautiful wife or success in your career. But, I believe, meaning or purpose in life is having a loving relationship with the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Therefore, if there is no God, then there is no true or objective meaning in life. Philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus have argued that if God does not exist then life is absurd. But instead of using this as an argument for the existence of God, what do the conclude? That life really is absurd.
The absurdity of life without God may not prove that God exists, but it does show that the question of God’s existence is the most important question a person seeking meaning can ask.