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Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House” @ https://melwild.wordpress.com
How do we know something? Do we know it when we have all the facts? Or, is there a more significant knowing? For instance, I might have all the facts about lemonade, but that doesn’t mean I know what it’s like to drink lemonade. It doesn’t describe the purpose of lemonade or why I would want to drink it in the first place.
Here are the basic facts about my wife’s chemical makeup: she’s 65% oxygen, 18.5% carbon, 9.5% hydrogen, 3.2% nitrogen, along with other trace elements. But we know that this doesn’t describe who she is in the least bit. I may even know a lot of personal data about her, but that doesn’t mean I actually know her as a person. My love for her could be described as chemical reactions in my brain and various hormones in my body, but that doesn’t really describe what love is, does it.
What’s my point? As I said here and here, facts don’t always lead us to truth…or in this case, knowledge. As others have observed, in our zeal for scientific explanation in Western culture, we seem to have reached a crisis of meaning. While science has delivered the goods on technology it has left us cold and uninspired as human beings. And it can really do no other when we look to it for life.
Now, don’t get me wrong. If I need medical treatment, or for something to be better, faster, safer, cheaper, easier, give me science and technology! But it’s not what I want when it comes to the things that really matter and give my life meaning…like love, romance, family, friendships, adventure, bliss, and a sense of purpose.
The best that technology can do in this regard is distract us when we lack those things.
A weakness is just a strength used indiscriminately. And it seems our technological prowess has made us existentially impotent.
While science can tell us how things work, it doesn’t address why they should work. Science is a good method for discovery but it cannot provide ontological meaning. It cannot explain our lives.
You see, ice-cold lemonade is meant to be enjoyed on a hot summer day. And what makes life meaningful is being with those we love. It’s found in our friendships, when we experience joy, when we’re moved by the noble, the beautiful, the sublime, or when we see compassionate self-sacrifice, when we laugh and even when we cry…as long as we don’t have to do it alone. This is the stuff of life. Science and technology can only serve these things, they cannot replace them.
One more thing. There’s something in us that wants to be part of something bigger than ourselves. And the good news is, we were born into a great transcendent mystery! One that’s unfolding before us as we traverse through time and space. It eludes our dogmatic certitudes and need to stay in control. No matter how we try to snuff it out, it ever haunts our soul.
But I like what Richard Rohr said about mystery. It’s not never knowing, it’s ever knowing. Beloved, we’ve been born for a glorious purpose; it goes ever onward, ever unfolding. And we ultimately find that purpose when we accept Christ’s invitation into His life.
11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (Eph.1:11-12 MSG)
P.S. (from bruce) If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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