There are different worldviews and opinions about what path we need to take in order to reach a state of abundant life. By abundant life, I’m not just referring to a life of riches or wealth. Neither am I referring to a life that is lived in excess. Rather, I’m referring to a complete life that is not lacking in any department. A wholesome life. A rounded life. A content life. The blessed life. I conducted a small study of different worldviews and I’ve summarised their different approaches to attaining a state of abundant life.
Materialism says, “Buy your way out”. Politicians say, “Legislate your way through”. The military says, “Conquer all opposition”. Philosophy says, “Think it through”. Science says “Prove it to me”. Celebrity says, “Fame will get you there”. Vanity says, “Look the part”. Power says, “Take it from the weak”. Islam says, “Mohammed is the final prophet”. Buddhism says “Awaken your soul”. Tolerance says, “We can all get along”. Hinduism says, “Karma determines the cycle of life”. Feminism says, “Our power lies in our gender”. Chauvisnists say, “Women were made to serve us”. Atheism says, “There is no God”. Agnostics say, “God’s existence or non-existence cannot be proven”. Industrialism says, “Work work work”. Communism says “Equality at all costs”. Democracy says, “Majority carries the vote”. Capitalism says, “Maximise your profits”. Racism says, “We were not created equal”.
There are many more worldviews circulating the globe today but dare I say they have all failed in providing the pathway to a complete and wholesome life or what the bible calls an abundant life. In one way or another, they have all fallen short. These concepts borrow fragments of truth from the one true solution to life’s ills.
The world may have so much to say about how to live an abundant life but God says that “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Him”. In Jesus lies the answer to all of life’s problems. When we don’t know which way to turn, He is our Way. When we are faced with the lies and deception dangled at us by the world, He is our Truth. When life doesn’t seem worth living anymore, He is our Life.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). – John 10:10