Every year Americans spend billions of dollars gambling on the one in ten million odds they will win the lottery or some other jackpot. Today, gambling for money seems to be an ordinary part of American life. In another sense, gambling is part of existence itself—everything in life carries some degree of risk. For example, there are no guarantees in a job, marriage, health, children—or in continuation of life itself. Death alone is guaranteed to us.
Perhaps for most secularists, life is something like a casino—lots of excitement with small odds on winning in the end (or, to put it philosophically, on finding the real answers to life).
Throughout history, people have wanted to know the meaning of their lives, but most have never found it. Great philosophers and commoners alike have agonized over the answers to the deepest of personal philosophical questions: Is there a God? Who or what is He? Who are we? What is the purpose of existence? Is life an accident of nature? Where did we come from? What happens when we die? Can we be certain of the truth or is everything relative? What are the implications for a life without meaning?