Theologian and Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard is considered to be the creator of existentialism. If you have ever thought about the meaning of life, your purpose in life or why you exist; then you have been dabbling in existentialist philosophy. I think we have all asked these questions a time or two. I am not sure whether I agree with all existentialism but I do believe in this quote by Soren Kierkegaard –
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”
While I do believe that we do need to visit our past and learn from our experiences; living there until God takes us home is missing out on what God wants for us. If we are always looking at what was – we cannot see the beauty that is or may be forthcoming. The past is not the best way to the future and God wants us to live life fully, gathering information, loving God and loving one another as Jesus taught us. God does not want us to get “stuck” in our past because doing so brings sadness and futility. But living life, learning along the way allows us to live life fully even as we walk away from life here on earth and towards life with Him in eternity.
What do you think about Soren Kierkegaard’s quote? Do you believe or not believe in existentialism? Does and can it include God? Please share your thoughts and join in the conversation.
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