What is life? Does this sound like a strange question to you?
Do all living things move? Do they all eat and breathe? Even though we all seem to know what is meant by saying something is “alive”, it’s not very easy to describe what “life” is. Even biologists have a tough time describing what life is! But after many years of studying living things, biologists have determined that all living things do share some things in common:
1) Living things need to take in energy
2) Living things get rid of waste
3) Living things grow and develop
4) Living things respond to their environment
5) Living things reproduce and pass their traits onto their offspring
Therefore, in order for something to be considered to “have life” as we know it, it must possess these characteristics.
But is that “Life”? I mean, just because a living thing possesses these characteristics, is that thing experiencing LIFE?
I do not know anything about the individual who posed this question but perhaps he/she was asking another underlying question: What is the Meaning of Life?
“The meaning of life constitutes a philosophical question concerning the purpose and significance of life or existence in general. This concept can be expressed through a variety of related questions, such as Why are we here?, What is life all about?, and What is the meaning of it all? It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history. There have been a large number of answers to these questions from many different culteral and ideological backgrounds.
The meaning of life is deeply mixed with the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, consciousness, and happiness, and touches on many other issues, such as symbolic meaning, ontology, vlaue, purpose, ethics, good and evel, free will, conceptions of God, the existence of God, the soul, and the afterlife. Scientific contributions are more indirect; by describing the empirical facts about the universe, science provides some context and sets parameters for conversations on related topics. An alternative, human-centric, and not a cosmic/religious approach is the question “What is the meaning of my life?” The value of the question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with the achievement of ultimate reality, or a feeling of oneness, or a feeling of sacredness.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life
Now, I know I’m not a theologian, or a scientific scholar but I think I have the answer to “What is Life?” It’s simple, it’s basic, it’s all encompassing….it’s not a “what” question…it’s a “Who” question.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus is LIFE. Without Him there is no life. He is Creator (John 1:1); He upholds all things by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3); In Him all things consist (Colossians 1:17).
Without Him we walk in spiritual darkness and we are eternally separated from God (Romans 6:23), but Jesus has, through His death and resurrection, given us a way to come to the Father, because all those who come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, may come to the Father. Jesus is the ONLY WAY to God.
Jesus is not only LIFE today He is LIFE for eternity.
If you are living but have never experienced “Life” to the fullest, come to the One who is “the way, the truth and the life”.
Come to Jesus.