Existentialism is one of the major worldviews that could form one’s freedom to incorporate the standards of life with a balanced religious belief. Existentialism creates one’s personal choice with the freedom of finding meaning in life, irrespective of its usefulness to either Christians or Atheists. Hence, existentialism allows a person to use its assumptions to look for meaningful things in life. With these assumptions of existentialism, the present paper would like to stress how such worldview can be analyzed and criticized and how it is useful in connection to Jesus as a distinguishing mark in the world of Christians.
BASIC SUMMARY OF THE WORLDVIEW
Existentialism has five major tenets. The first theme emphasizes the importance of how existence must be preceded with essence. Thus, a person could contribute his own self and actions in his existence to this world. The second theme would depend on a person’s inappropriate reasons and decisions. This could mean that an existentialist would not force himself or herself to think of ways to arrive at more complex ideas because one has the will of doing so. The third major tenet is the existentialism’s use of freedom, which contradicts the determinism of behavior. This notion tells that a person should not be manifested and controlled with the stimulating rewards for the behavior because one has a will and freedom to do things without conditions. The subsequent theme highlights subjectivity as a person’s search for a philosophical veracity. Hence, a person must find meaning in life with one’s personal immanence of mind and feelings instead of referring to one’s own and others’ objectives. Such factor leads to the last tenet – people should live well according to their desires, needs and wants that would give them freedom leading to positivity and happiness. FLAWS OF EXISTENTIALISM: A CRITIQUE The belief system in existentialism disregards God as the man’s focus in search for meaning in life. Man intends to search oneself without highlighting the major importance of God’s omnipresence.3 There are certain contradictions to existentialism such as the quietism of despair which refers to one’s incapacity to react on the scriptural laws.4 Such objection refers to how one could be ineffective because one could have the tendency to be passive in moderating his life. This could prevent a person from improving something within him or her, because one tends to overindulge his or her freedom. Extensive objection tells that existentialism is unsoundly morbid in tolerating evil deeds as one’s freedom is abused. Moreover, existentialism can be criticized phenomenologically and objectively, as social connectedness to others is disregarded with the worldview’s overemphasis on individualism. Ultimately, existentialism is criticized due to its moral degradation eliminating the ethical values of one’s belief system. Hence, the uttermost question of these contradictions lies in one’s inability to compensate for absence of answers to what is good or bad and what is right or wrong. EXISTENTIAL SHARING OF JESUS CHRIST The worldview of existentialism should disclose the life of Jesus as means of how he existed in this world as people knew him in his time. Existentialism