Mysteries and the Big Search

Since mankind was created and on this Earth, the “Big Search” for knowledge, truth and understanding has been going on. What is out there? What is beyond that tree or around that turn? I see something in the distance, but what is it and what is beyond it? Man has always asked important questions.

Sailors wondered, is the world flat? If I sail too far, will I sail off the edge? Mountaineers have wondered, what is it like on the top of that mountain? Can I make it to the top? What is on the other side of the mountain? Adam and Eve wondered what would happen if they ate the apple from the forbidden tree; what if they ignored God’s instructions? What would they know if they had all the knowledge of good and evil?

Mythology is filled with the inventions and explanations for what mankind saw around them. Stories such as, “someone” had to create the world: The Egyptians thought “Ra” created the world; so they made him the sun god with the head of a falcon who commanded the sky, the Earth and the underworld. The Greeks thought “Hades”, the shadowy lord of the underworld, the god of death because even death depends on life…nothing can continue without it. The Greeks also thought the original creator of mankind was “Prometheus” (a Titan, a race of giants), that he fashioned the first man in the image of the gods, using clay and water taken from Panopeus in Phocis (central Greece). Since creation was all a general mystery, it was simple for a philosopher or ruler to rise up with charisma, exhibit power over the common folk, and show that they alone had all the answers. The people didn’t understand what they saw or heard; they didn’t understand the questions being asked so they had no choice but to buy into the answers being given.

As it turns out, people do have the thirst for the Big Search. Though, we see through a glass darkly. We see partial truths, and we distort our view by prejudice and laziness. Throughout history philosophers, poets, architects, artists, musicians, and writers have sensed much more energy “out there” and a common tie to each other. The German word, “zeitgeist”, meaning roughly, “the spirit of the time”, implies there are certain ideas in the air at certain times (“Reading the Mind of God”, page 31). These “ideas”, or “energy”, can be seen manifested in every human endeavor; such as art, music, literature and even in science. It is all about the Big Search for what is out there.

Everything is Meaningless, Except with…

I find it interesting that at the time the Ecclesiastes was written, containing these words in the first chapter: “What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever…No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.” (verses 3,4 and 11); that we are living in the same times. Don’t you see this all around you? Don’t you sense this in your own life? As an architect who worries over the smallest details, when I fly over a city and look down on all the ticky-tacky boxes, I wonder what is the fight all worth?

We live at a time, not much different from the time of Ecclesiastes when much seems so meaningless. The news reporters fabricate crisis after crisis to gain viewership, the weather reports warn of calamity that rarely materializes…oh how we MUST watch the weather! Global warming will destroy the planet even though there has been no warming for 20 years…but some back room computer model says so. [garbage in, garbage out] The government causes problem after problem and then says we are the ones to fix the problem, just give us more money! Education needs more money while wisdom and common sense decline at an alarming rate.

All this is happening as the culture strives to eliminate God in every possible way and form.

Don’t you see that it is ONLY with God that there is ANY meaning in life? This was true at King Solomon’s time and it is true for us today. You can fight it all you want, but you will only be jousting at windmills! The more you remove God the more unhappy you will become. You will be dead inside. There will be no life inside you as you toil at work day after day. “All things are wearisome” (Ecc 1:8). Everything will offend someone as we are seeing in every news cast on every day of the year; and no matter how you try to control people…you cannot control everything. Only Jesus is THE way, THE truth and THE life! Without Jesus, there is no life, only dryness & death and a meaningless existence. You live, you die! Why don’t you ask this question of those fighting against God…What is life about? Why am I here? You will not get a good answer because they have eyes but cannot see. They are dead inside.

We are here to glorify God, that’s it. The more we glorify God, the happier we will be and the more meaning we will have in this life as we serve the risen LORD, Jesus the Christ.