If a mortal could meet God and ask just one question, overwhelmingly considered, the question would be:
What is the meaning of my life?
We can answer this question.
However, our answer must be presented differently depending on the inquirer’s personal perceptions and truths. We would answer an atheist, an agnostic, and a religious person differently.
An atheist does not believe in the existence of God or any higher deities or entities.
An agnostic leaves the question of whether or not there is a higher power as unknown and unknowable. To an agnostic, if there is a higher power, it is beyond a human’s ability to comprehend it or to communicate with it. More honest than atheists with their human emotions and cognitive paradigms, an agnostic sees mortal life with a natural world view, juxtaposed to a religious person’s supernatural world view. With a natural world view, whatever is not understood isn’t supernatural, it just hasn’t been explained yet.
Although we will briefly summarize the Real Truth’s answer in this post, we will provide more details in our book, The Dream of Mortal Life, Understanding Human Reality—A Final Warning to the Human Race.
Although the form of the answer might be different, the product of the answer is always the same and meets the inquisitive requirements of an atheist, agnostic, and believer:
The meaning of life is the reality of the existence of the Self (believer: God) and the Self’s ability to interact in an environment where the Self’s needs are completely met and satisfied.
This is the Real Truth about the meaning of life, where life is the conscious state of an individual’s awareness of the Self.
Believers spend their entire life trying to meet and satisfy God’s needs, in spite of what each feels is their own individual wants and desires.
The atheist has defined his or her own needs and is satisfied with the quest to meet these needs.
An agnostic is trying to find out what their Self needs and desires.
Regardless, each of these three cognitive paradigms agrees that humans are conscious life forms seeking happiness.
A world popular philosopher’s colloquial statement, “je pense, donc je suis” (I think therefore I am), is appropriate here to satisfy the product of the answer for all three paradigms.
The Real Truth is: all three paradigms are correct … which makes them all wrong. (Everyone is right. Which makes everyone wrong.®)
The Real Truth needs to provide an answer that satisfies all people.
How can we do this and more easily explain that the meaning of life is the reality of the existence of the Self and the Self’s ability to interact in an environment where the Self’s needs are completely met and satisfied?
Humans exist that they might have joy. The meaning of life is to find joy.
An atheist wants to experience joy. An agnostic wants to experience joy. A believer wants to experience joy. Thus, “joy” can be defined in our answer as: the Self’s needs being completely met and satisfied.
Although our individual ways of finding joy in our lives are different, the feeling of joy is the same for all of us.
There is another word that can be used in the place of “joy”: LOVE.
The emotional feelings of love and joy are interchangeable.
Does a little child love playing with a toy, or does the child find joy in playing with a toy?
Do you love doing something, or do you find joy in doing something?
When a believer feels the “love of God,” are they filled with the “love of God” or are they filled with joy?
An atheist feels the exact same “love of God” that a believer feels.
All people experience the exact same human feelings associated with happiness … the exact same feelings that they feel when filled with joy.
There is no other purpose for human experience than to experience happiness. Everything that we do we do in search of happiness. We do what we do believing that in some way what we are doing in the moment will somehow produce more happiness in our life. We even kill each other because we hold a personal perception at the moment that the other person is somehow standing in the way of our ability to find happiness.
The meaning of mortal life upon Earth is the same as the meaning of life for any advanced human being.
We live a mortal life to have our mortal individual needs met and satisfied.
However, mortal life is intertwined with the reality that our mortal consciousness is not our actual Self, but a subpart of our Self’s highest cognitive state. This is why as mortals, we are constantly trying to find happiness but never seem to make it last for long. We are seeking the “needs of the flesh” over the “needs of the spirit.”
When a person is convinced that mortal life upon Earth is their only reality, they do everything within their power to find happiness upon Earth, only during mortality. They seek to please their mortal Self. What they accomplish during mortality is perceived as what makes them who they are forever, when in actuality, nothing that a mortal does during their life upon Earth has any lasting bearing to their immortality and eternal life. Just like we dream dreams that complete and satisfy a particular need of the moment, a mortal life is meant to satisfy and complete a particular need that our advanced Self has in the moment.
If we could convince mortals that their mortal Self is not the actual Self that they should seek to please; that they should think beyond mortality to the actuality of them being a highly advanced human, and that mortal life is simply a dream experience occurring in their higher brain; that mortal life is their Higher Self‘s attempt at finding happiness … if we could convince humans of this, then the mortal experience would change directions away from pleasing the mortal Self (the flesh) towards pleasing their True Self. Mortals could concentrate more on what their True Self wants rather than on what their mortal self wants. If we complete and satisfy the needs of our True Self, then we are causing an immortal, eternal entity to feel joy, thus adding to the meaning of life for our True Self, rather than the never-ending quest for mortal happiness that we never seem to find.
This is where the problem occurs for the Real Truth. We cannot seem to convince the believer that there is no god outside of their True Self, the atheist that they actually are God, and the agnostic that this all makes sense and is provable.
In our attempt to open the minds of early American European Christians (we refer to these people as the “Gentiles”), we incorporated this universal mortal question and its answer in the storyline of our Book of Mormon. We used allegoric representation and based the question and its answer on orthodox Christian belief:
(Referring to the Tree of Life🙂
“Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? … Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. … Yea, and the most joyous to the soul. … I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.” (See BOM, 1 Nephi 11:21-23, 25.)
For early American Christians, we attempted to make the correlation between “the love of God” and the teachings of Jesus as written in the Bible. We even gave a clue about how the world rejects the teachings of Jesus:
“And I beheld that [Jesus] went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great glory; and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and I beheld that they cast him out from among them.” (BOM, 1 Nephi 11:28)
The world “cast him out from among them.” Why? What did Jesus teach that the world didn’t like? Keep in mind that the only ones who read the Bible and believe in the stories about Jesus are the believers. The believers are the “multitudes … gathered together to hear him.” The believers are the “they [who] cast him out from among them.”
Jesus’ message was twofold: man is equal to god; and therefore, should be treated as a god. We wrote this as the “condescension of God.”
Believers cannot accept that man is god and god is man; that a god would condescend to the lowly state of a mortal man. Of this condescension, we wrote that,
“God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.” (BOM, Mosiah 15:1-5.)
We wrote this way in an attempt to satisfy all three cognitive paradigms of human consideration. Would not the atheist be satisfied knowing that all men are sons born in the flesh upon Earth and subjected to their own will (the will of the Father)?
We failed in all of our efforts to open the minds of the different paradigms of thought to the Real Truth, that our mortal brain is connected to our Higher Self‘s brain; or rather, our mortal consciousness is just a dream experience occurring in our actual, physical advanced human brain.
The relationship between your mortal Self and your advanced Self is the only relationship that matters, the only relationship that is of any worth, the only relationship that will last forever … and most importantly, the only relationship that will provide you with complete and satisfying joy, where the Self’s needs are completely met and satisfied.
All other relationships are temporary and will not last.
Consider all of the relationships you have had during your life. How many have you started? How many of those that you started has ended?
Where you entered a relationship with someone (or something) and found joy in it for a time, is it not true that you ended the relationship when it no longer provided YOU with joy?
Think of all the people with whom you thought you could not live without. Now without them, how do you live?
Think of all the relationships that once brought you joy but now bring you misery … even of all your relationships with things.
A relationship is “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.”
Think of the food you eat that brought you joy. Sugar makes you sick, but it brings you much joy when you have a relationship with it.
Think of “love” as this joy, as we have explained above.
In the English language, there is only one word that is used to describe varying degrees of the joy that we receive from someone or something: I love you! I love ice cream!
In mortal reality, the joy we receive from being with another can turn quickly to hate when we are no longer feeling any joy while with the person. And we can get sick from eating all the ice cream that we loved so much.
Every relationship that we encounter while mortal is not good for us and will eventually cause us the opposite of joy: unhappiness. Even those relationships that seem to provide us with years of enjoyment, all will eventually end during mortality.
Mortals found a way to create an animal and incorporate into the animal’s DNA the traits that the animal needed in order to “love” its human owner unconditionally and the way that made the human feel that their emotional needs were “complete and satisfied” (i.e., the meaning of life). But the death of a beloved pet brings an enormous amount of unhappiness.
If we give any real value to (seek joy in) our mortal consciousness and the relationships that we create during mortality, we will never find peace and happiness.
To find the peace and happiness (the joy … the love) that all of us seek, we must focus on the needs of our True Self … not what our mortal flesh is convinced will meet its completeness and needs, but what our True Self truly needs.
In order to know what our True Self needs, we need to first recognize that we have a True Self, that we are our True Self, and we need a correct understanding of exactly what our True Self is … who are we and why do we exist? Only upon having these questions answered can we begin to find true joy and the meaning of our life.
Do we have any scientific, empirical evidence that we each have a True Self?
The following near-death experiences are related by two very sincere and honest men who are not seeking attention or value from relating their own personal near-death experience. As you listen to each of their stories, consider the actuality that they are the same conscious entity (person) while alive upon Earth as they are when they are experiencing mortal death during their near-death experience.
As you listen to their sincerity, consider again the meaning of a relationship: “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.”
At no point during their near-death experience did either man’s True Self completely disconnect from their mortal brain.
Had their True Self disconnected entirely from their mortal dream, their True Self would have awakened from the mortal dream very similar to how mortals awaken from a regular mortal dream. Had their True Self awakened, this would have ended any perception the men would have of their mortal Self. Fully conscious in their true state, or rather “the state of not being connected” … ending the relationship with their mortal Self … the men would not have consciously perceived themselves as still being the same mortal person (man) during their near-death experience.
Since the mortal experience is an attempt of the advanced brain to interact in a mortal dream environment where the advanced Self’s needs are completely met and satisfied,* the mortal conscious thought during a near-death experience will always be:
I still have a purpose to be a mortal. I have a choice to stay in heaven or go back, and I chose to go back because I now know I have a purpose in life.
*The meaning of life is the reality of the existence of the Self and the Self’s ability to interact in an environment where the Self’s needs are completely met and satisfied.
If the person’s mortal perception of their True Self is God or Jesus, their mortal perception will not change during the near-death experience.
For all intents and purposes, a mortal near-death experience is simply a mortal’s perceptual experience of how wonderfully, vividly, descriptively, and beautifully a dream can take place in their advanced brain.
Upon hearing of a person’s near-death experience, certain elements will be the same for all those who experience it, regardless of their believer, atheist, or agnostic outlook on life: the feeling of joy, “the love of God,” the happiness that they experience IS ALWAYS EXPERIENCED EXACTLY THE SAME …
“Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. … Yea, and the most joyous to the soul!” (BOM, 1 Nephi 11:22-23)
Pay attention to what these two men say that they “felt,” … not saw, but “felt.” Pay particular attention to the man who says he heard an “authoritarian” voice, not a “loud” voice (BUT a still, small voice).
As you watch the first man’s experience, consider that he had the experience and felt the “love of God” before he was baptized and as a skeptic doubter. (Could it be that “God” was going to be mad at him for going back and reading the Bible and being baptized? God didn’t tell him to do this. God only loved him unconditionally.)
For those of you who wonder what it must have been like for Christopher to “be connected” with his True Self during the times that he was allowed and was being instructed as our True Messenger, consider that the only thing that was changed in his mortal brain was its ability to experience an enhanced near-death experience over and over again.
For this reason,
Christopher knows God, unlike any other mortal possibly could.