Unlimited: The Only Life That Satisfies
Nov 5, 2018 1319
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind (John 1:4).
If we believe that God exists, then we can also predict that, apart from him, humanity will have a restless desire for something more. Pascal wrote of how, “There is a god-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, and only God can fill it.” C.S. Lewis said it like this,
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food… If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
Many atheists have also recognised the existence of a restless, unfulfilled desire for something more. For example, the atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell acknowledged that: “The centre of me is always and eternally a terrible pain – a curious wild pain – a searching for something beyond what the world contains.”
Our secular culture is relentless in its failed pursuit of fulfillment apart from God. All of this points to the truth of the ancient words:
This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3).
Only in Christ can you find true life; anything else is worthless. – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: On the one hand, there is the restless yearning for meaning and identity that those without God in their lives experience. On the other hand, the passionate desire to know Christ more, and to experience his presence, that those who know his love all experience. Which one of those two desires are you experiencing? What is it that you pray for? Could that be a clue?