Originally Posted by Mr Muck McFold
I suffer from depression, and to cut a long story short, life sucks or at least I cant personally find any meaning to it, nothing that I would describe as fulfilling.
Maybe my mind has taken a skewed view of the world due to my depression but I wish there was a God I could believe in and maybe give me meaning to my life, but I cant fool myself and pretend that there is.
Getting back to the OP
McFold this is certainly one of the greatest questions for humanity. It delves far beyond the intellectual into heart of existentialism (where I believe the heart & mind unify).
Your post certainly resonates with me and drives me past mere argumentation and I feel genuine concern for you!!!...as well as many others here. (To be honest I skipped many pages of this thread).
Nevertheless, to be to the point I don't think there is any meaning to life in the absolute sense without God!
I have heard that Christians have been heavily criticized for this view of atheism: which I find rather astonishing.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus & Bertrand Russell were brilliant atheists that very forthcoming with their Nihilism. Without going into too much detail of their lives their work has been quite gloomy & some cases very macabre.
Your inquiry strikes a chord with me personally and I too suffer with depression. When I had rejected God for a brief time I clearly remember looking out of a window and facing a nothingness, a grim darkness. No other religion seemed to answer the question of existence.
New Commandment Rule 10 (as published in "The God Delusion"(p299)):
St. Paul said the same to the Church of Thessalonica:
Test everything hold fast on to the good (1Thes. 5: 21 NKJV).
This is common ground point we all hold on to at Two Plus Two
Needless to say, if God exists there is purpose, meaning, and true good. This does not make his existence true.
Ravi Zacarias wrote "The reality is that if religion is to be treated with intellectual respect, then it must stand the test of truth, regardless of the mood of the day
(italics mine,p ix "Jesus Among Other Gods").
Arguments, evidence, reason helped me to come back to God.
Keep searching!!! Question, question, question