WHAT, REALLY, IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
Always among all of the ancient peoples, there were priests. Perhaps they did not start their careers as priests, but they became priests, nevertheless. Sitting around a fire at night, contemplating the stars or perhaps offering wise counsel to their fellows, certain people become respected through their wisdom and advice. Or perhaps looking into the the future and wondering about the coming season’s prosperity, and calculating the moon phases and star crossings, gave them a certain skill for helping their people prepare for the proper times for sowing and planting.
Some people became priests merely because they could see the futility of pursuing any other occupation since wealth and power are temporary while infinite time and space are immortal. And against infinite time and the temporary nature of Life, what other help does Mankind have other than that from the gods? And what better way to understand Eternity and to help the People than to be a priest? Modern scientists may scoff as they are being shoveled into their graves, but the ancient people discovered something amazing about a life devoted to realization of godhead. The discoverers of these mysteries were the priests who maintained the temples of the gods. And the beneficiaries of these mysteries were the People, themselves, who devoted their love and their lives to the gods.
Beneath the starry skies, beneath the brilliant sun, upon the wide and beautiful Earth, the ancient Sumerians asked the question: “What is the purpose of Life?” And they realized the answer: “The purpose of Life, is to serve God.” And when they worked together toward that purpose, Life became abundant and joyful to them. It was truly a wonderful mystery that such was so.
One of the great discoveries of the Sumerians was that every man and woman could attain an actual realization of God. Certainly, they prayed and made sacrifice to their deities, but they also received solace in return. Like any modern religious person who feels good and holy through their daily genuflexions and prayers, so too did the Sumerians feel the bliss and confidence that comes to those who fulfill their duties in the service of God. No atheist or agnostic can understand the peaceful bliss that is experienced when certainty of God enters a person’s heart.