Prime reality is where it all starts. It is the foundation to the existence of everything else. Unless you have a concept or understanding of the beginning, how can you explain what comes next? The explanation becomes the basis of everything else you believe.
What is the nature of external reality, that is, the world around us?
Understanding external reality helps one know where they fit into the world. Or do they just see themselves apart from it? It helps us determine if we have responsibilities to our world.
Is there chaos or order? My response to these questions determines how I relate to this world.
Determining what a human being is helps decide what kind of value I place on them. Will a person value human life from conception? What about the elderly or dying? If I am created by God, I will put more importance on my worth. If I am just a highly complex machine (Sire, 2009) where does compassion, kindness and love come in?
It is important to ask ourselves the questions of what happens when we die? If I just fade out of existence, then my meaning for everyday life might lose its value.
I remember when I was a teenager my life felt useless. Everything felt pointless. When I began a relationship with Jesus Christ and knew what he planned for me now and after death, my focus on this life changed.
Why is it possible to know anything at all?
Knowing brings surety. Without it how will we know if the sun will come up tomorrow? When I plant that apple seed, will an apple tree come forth? Without knowledge there is chaos. Another aspect is people need to know where knowledge comes from. Do they believe they were given intelligence from God, or if it is just physical? Do I have thoughts because I have a brain and it ends there?
How do we know what is right and wrong?
I wish more people asked themselves this question. It seems so many are ignoring ethics and just making it up as they go. Without some set of rules or guidelines, people run amuck. The Bible says, In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. (Judges 21:25 NIV) The people had no king to give edicts, so they just did what they wanted. No rules of right and wrong bring chaos.
Without seeing the meaning of human history, our focus narrows to what I do while I live. We might throw up our hands and declare as Solomon did, Meaningless, Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 1:2). But when we find meaning in human history, we determine how we interact with others. We see a purpose to everything that has happened and what will happen after we are gone. As believers, we look at Gods purpose.