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What is Life?

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Not Now Soon

Before coming to faith in Christ life to me was all about fitting in, eating, drinking and being merry. In many ways it was easy to fit in with the 'group think' however I never felt I belonged to it. Now life is about loving God and loving people which is much easier said than done. As one of only two in my extended family who have faith in Christ I hope to leave a legacy of hungering after truth rather than just accept the secular lies fed to them daily. After barely getting through school my 3 children are highly educated (dr's first class honors etc) and accomplished sportsman. Strangely enough I count it all rubbish if they miss out on eternal life. Life reconciled to my Creator after being such a wretch helps me appreciate daily all the blessings God has poured out on this nation and especially me and my family.
Posted by runner, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:20:31 AM
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thinkabit,

Think a bit. What is it that all life forms from the simplest bacteria to plants and to us humans all do in common? Don't we all spending our lives feeding?

Bacteria feed off the dead, plants make their own food, and we humans feed off other life that either make their own food or feed off those like us. We are all feeding.

And that's the reason I depict life as a feeder.

Water based because life originated in water. Some life is still tied to water; plants were the first to colonise land and adapted by making their own food from their physical environment; animals followed that could feed off the established plants; and then animals including us that could beed off both plants and animals.

And that's the reason I say water-based.

And what's driving this? Evolution, constantly surveying the environment and adapting life's cells to exist in the physical surrounds.

That's the way I see it.
Posted by Mr Opinion, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:18:42 PM
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I like that Mr Opinion
Posted by Chris Lewis, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:43:11 PM
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Chris,

My typing is a bit sloppy and I should take the time to edit things before posting but I think the point I am making is clear that I present Life in a scientific view.

I have challenged OzSpen to give a religious view of Life and engage in a debate on the scientific v the religious perspective. I doubt if he will because he has too much to lose.

The offer goes to anybody wanting to give a definition of Life from a religious view.
Posted by Mr Opinion, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 1:15:03 PM
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I don't believe there is any meaning to life, other than what you give it. I have always believed that you could do & be anything you wanted, if you wanted it enough, with the proviso that only those who have some ability will want to exceed, rather than enjoy an activity.

At school I was a pillar of society, a member of the football, cricket & debating teams, & CUO of the cadet core. I knew what I need to get a university scholarship, & did what was necessary.

After a couple of years I decided I did not want to be a General Motors engineer, & joined the Navy to learn to fly off aircraft carriers. There is nothing much to equal your first landing on an aircraft carrier. If you are a good pilot, you don't control a plane with your hands & feet, but with your feelings & mind. Sure your hands & feet are doing something, but you are unaware of it, you think what you want the plane to do, & it does it. You are flying & you feel it in your whole body. Once experienced you want more of that feeling of being part of something.

After an injury I cane out of the navy & went motor racing. Racing a car offered that same feeling of being part of something. After 6 years I won the Formula 1 feature race at Bathurst, & finish second in the Australian gold star series, our Formula One Championship. I was good, but others were better. I retired once I'd found this. I was happy to have got to my best.
Continued.
Posted by Hasbeen, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 1:20:24 PM
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Continued
I went sailing. Surfing a 40Ft yacht down a big ocean swell in a gale offers as much feeling as all the rest, I did 53,000 miles around the pacific in that yacht, & it was fantastic. Surfing a wave, or ghosting along in the light breezes of the doldrums are equally satisfying.

Then I met that woman. She was a great sailor, but wanted to be a mother, & started filling the boat up with kids. My eldest had sailed a few thousand miles by her first birthday. At 5 she wanted a pony, & a few years later I was back to horses my school boy love, & training show jumpers for that daughter. A little later the son was racing go carts. Now it was the feeling, a little nervous this one, of watching your kids show jumping & racing.

Yes for me life is all about feelings, rather than thinking. After all, we know the answer don't we? The hitchers Guide to the Galaxy told us the answer to the cosmos is 46. What more do you need?
Posted by Hasbeen, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 1:21:24 PM
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