The Search for the Meaning of Life

On Sunday I preached a sermon at our church for our friendship Sunday. It was an evangelistic sermon exploring what it meant for the logos to become flesh and dwell among us.

Post-sermon, there were some things that I wish I had encountered or thought about during my preparation. One was a comment I received after the sermon that the Star Wars concept of ‘The Force‘ inhabits a similar place in today’s cultural thought to what logos and tao did in their respective cultural settings.

Another was the quote that turned up from Einstein in his letter about God. Einstein describes God as follows:

Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious.

Which perfectly sums up how science, just like philosophy and religion, run up against its limits and find that there is something they can’t discover, whether it is unnamed, as in science’s quote, or given a title such as the force, logos, or tao (even though the tao is also technically nameless). The gospel tells us that this, being elusive, subtle, intangible and inexplicable became a human and lived among us as Jesus of Nazareth.

While we were setting out on the search for the meaning of life, the answer himself came to find us.