farside_happiness2B: It appears, at least on the surface, that happiness is relative: each person does their own thing, presumably in pursuit of what they think will help them be happy.  But before we go assuming that happiness is completely relative, let me just issue the cautioning reminder that tastes change – meaning, for example, that each person may find joy in some things where they may have believed they never would have found joy before.  Also, many things that please children cease to do so when they become young adults, things that please young adults lose their allure when they become middle-aged, and so on.  And furthermore, if there is another life after this one, how are we to know that things we enjoy now will still be found enjoyable in that life after we die?

Now God, on the other hand, presumably has His own tastes; i.e., His own version of happiness.  He does His own thing, and it gives Him happiness, which must be different to some degree from the kind we enjoy, since none of us are God and we don’t understand exactly what it is that He does to get His happiness.  Now, we may or may not care to find out more about God or His happiness, but it is this kind of “pure and true” happiness, which I will be referring to henceforth when I mention the word, and to which I allude in this

Definition.  Happiness is God’s state of existence.

It’s my belief, further, that living this kind of happiness includes a sense of purpose, as we defined before, that is simultaneously being fulfilled.  The reason I believe this will be discussed later.  Details

The gist of it is that, as we discussed once, those who pursue their own course, or “sin” (taken in this context to mean any course other than God’s prescribed one), eventually become deadened to all sin (meaning it doesn’t cause sorrow anymore), and become vegetables, meaning they have no purpose.  Sin, then, demeans or undermines our eternal purpose, and every time we commit sin, we do that much more damage both to our purpose and to the vision we have of it.

One reason I use this standard as the definition of happiness is because we can think of God’s happiness as a kind that is higher than ours, since we can’t understand it completely, and it is in this happiness that God is able to do the many things that He does, including things without our realm of understanding.  Furthermore, if God is in charge of this Universe where we have found ourselves, He must have a purpose for us, and perhaps it is for us to begin to enjoy the happiness that He has.  When, therefore, I speak of a person’s happiness, I refer to an increase in that person’s nature in being like God.

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