But are we? Are we made to be happy? [...]why are we so perpetually in search of it [...] what are we missing that will consummate it?
I wish Adam would get with the program and post again. I'm half joking and three-fifths serious because his previous post really intrigued me. So I am going to gank his stream of ideas.
My thoughts center on the word happy in the Bible. In the Greek the word is makarios. Depending on the translation the word is used differently
Blessed (makarios) are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matt. 5:9 TNIV)
But the word makarios also means happy
Happy (makarios) are the peacemakers -- because they shall be called Sons of God. (Matt 5:9 YLT)
Even in the Hebrew, (like Psalm 1:1 and 119:1) the word esher often translated as blessed also means happy
I do not interpret happy and blessed to be the same thing. In my modern translation (even though I'm so post-modern...haha) this is the definition
happy=state of mind, like being in a good mood.
blessed=state of being, like having money.
If happy=blessed how does that change our pursuit of happiness?
(By the way the end of the movie Pursuit of Happyness.... terrible ending)