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   It’s a gray, drippy Sabbath (Saturday, not Sunday) morning, early enough to be parked in a large empty lot before everything in the mall opens up. The dry, double-toasted cinnamon crunch bagel and the mug of Panera Dark Roast were delicious. My refill, in a paper cup, is within arm’s reach. Why am I here?

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   Simply to think and start on my second cup.

   The parking lot is mine. A half mile ahead, over a marshy waste, cars and trucks whiz by in both directions. An occasional vehicle comes or goes on a side street perpendicular to the traffic I am watching.

   There are hundreds of daily plans, or patterns at work, calling for a timely arrival. Each driver would be annoyed if I somehow got in his path and impeded progress. I wonder if they know why they’re going as well as where. Is theirs an everyday pattern, perhaps modified by the weekend? How long have they done this? How long will they continue? Or how long they may be able to travel anywhere?

   I take another sip of my coffee.

   Where will my car take me next and why? And what is my plan? Where should my body and all that houses go? What do I truly know about myself–for sure? About what can I convince myself about myself? Let me put my religious package on the shelf–but within easy reach–and try.

   Here’s where I start: Despite strange words from some philosophers, I know I’m real.

   (1) I exist¹.

   If doubts elbow in, I pinch myself hard and, yelping, they fly away.

   Here’s what I know for sure: Before New Year’s Day in 1940 A.D. no living physical part of me existed on Planet Earth. After 2050 A.D. (and probably much sooner) once again no living part of me will exist on Planet Earth.

   In the gap from Sept. 1940 when I was born until Feb. 2015 + X when I forever “stop,” I can “do things” as a living creature on Planet Earth. In particular, I can do five other different types of things¹ besides besides just existing:  (2) I can move around. (I’m not stuck in one place like a tree.) (3) I can perceive. (That includes receiving information outside of me through my senses.) (4) I can feel. (I have emotions, hopes, fears, joys, anxieties, puzzlements, etc. (5) I can think (ponder information, store it for the future, etc.) And (6) I can choose. (If a, b, c, d, and e are the options, I can pick one, or perhaps even f or g. If you think all my choices are predetermined, I’ll pull out my random number generator and choose from that to prove you’re wrong.)

   Arguments for determinism and personal freedom exist, but I’m not going there–here².

   There’s much we can learn from the marvels of modern science. Much. But there is much that matters that’s outside of science’s box, despite the gussied-up narratives about “multiverse,” “neuroscience,” and the “Theory of Everything³.”

   There are 3 important questions every thinking person should regularly ask: (1) What is? (2) What matters? and (3) Then what should I do?ª Because our time on the planet is limited [as is our time here]. I welcome that. My following “What is?” has pointed out to my satisfaction that the Bible is much more than what many think it is. And, of course, I have a great respect for science.  As to “What matters?” let’s evaluate what we can by science. For many–not all–things that science can’t assess, let’s see what God says about them in his reliably transmitted Word. In particular, with my first cup of coffee I read:

“Jesus said to [Martha] ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never dies.’”   –John 11:25-26

   My time in the parking lot is over. Time to get myself on the road to the next place.

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   ¹ See Posts #085, #086, and #087 for more. We referred to these at “5 Axioms” (not including “movement”).

   ² This is a meditation. Cut us some slack!

   ³ This was written before the excellent, by the way, movie The Theory of Everything results for Oscars were announced.

   ª [My superscripts only go to "3."] Check Posts #100 and #246 for more.