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The Meaning of Life

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Alexander
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Salvador Dali painted Jesus on a hypercube cross to show that as the God-Man, Jesus came from outside the box of time and space.

Persistence of Memory

In my youth I loved the paintings of Salvador Dali as being “trippy” and cool. Now that I am in the Autumn of my life, I understand that Dali was a very deep thinker who kept abreast of physics. He understood the theories, at least to a limited extent, of particle physics. Those famous paintings of watches dripping like they are melting are making the statement that time is relative and fluid.

Dali is called a surrealist painter. Surrealism means above or beyond realism. Dali’s paintings illustrate the world beyond our 5 senses that science was discovering through new instruments. As a Spaniard I believe he was a Catholic and the painting of Christ on the cross above shows he thought deeply about God. I have added a hypercube which is a 2 dimensional drawing of a 4 dimensional concept. The comparison shows that the cross Dali painted is the hypercube in cross form with Jesus suspended in space. The statement Dali is making is that Jesus, as God who became a man, left eternity which is without time or space and entered the space time continuum so that we through the cross can also join God in eternity leaving the space time continuum.  Dali in this painting is making a profound theological statement!

The Plan of God

God wants a family. This is well known to all believers in Christ. God made us in His image. This is also well known to all believers. But who questions, “Why the creation? Why not make us as spirits exactly like God Himself? What is his purpose in making the universe?”  Why the physical world?  To answer these questions we need to understand the power of God.

God is unique in that He is the only being who can think outside the box.  Before He created anything there is God alone.  There is no time nor space. There are no other living beings, and He exists with no beginning nor end in what we understood to be the Trinity of Himself.   Even though He is three different people within Himself, He is one being.  He is not material, but Spirit.  He is His own box.  But God is able to think outside the box of Himself.

Now consider the nature of God.

  • He calls Himself Yahweh, which means I AM, or I exist.   He has no beginning nor end, yet He creates  beginnings and ends.
  • He views Himself in the masculine yet imagines the feminine.
  • He is Life yet he creates death.  I do not mean the death that is called His and our enemy, but death that is used in regeneration.
  • He is Truth yet He knows lies.
  • He never slumbers nor sleeps Himself, yet he put Adam to sleep and gave all creatures sleep.
  • He has no need to eat, yet created creatures that need food.
  •  He is Eternal without time, yet He created time.
  • He is a Spirit, yet He created a material world.
  • He is Life-Form yet he created a vast multitude of life forms different than Himself, except mankind which is in His own image.
  • He is alone in the trinity of His being, yet He could conceive having children and a family.  He understood reproduction of Himself.

The Box of the Universe

Before making His children, the Lord created an environment for His children to dwell within. This universe was good. It was created in a symbiotic ecology wherein all things are mutually beneficial. And even though we live in The Fallen World, that symbiotic ecology remains today.   The universe was created as a vast cosmic creation that pales the imagination of man yet is dwarfed by the majesty of its Creator. This environment provides the springboard for mankind to expand his thinking, which is ultimately intended to open his imagination to outside the box, which is God Himself. The vastness of the universe is the first step in man’s training to see beyond himself and to realize how big God is in his scope, intelligence and power.  The goal of the Lord is for man to become as Him in His ability to think outside the box of himself.

Free Will The Wild Card

The Lord had no interest in creating a machine. He wants life. That means all living beings had to be both independent from God while dependent upon God. In other words, He wants an interdependent relation with His creatures. That meant they had to be given free will. Watchman Nee has said in his “Spiritual Man” that our will is the essence of our lives.  It is what makes us living beings.  Our will is made in the image of God, too.  God chose to believe in our existence.  He went outside the box of Himself in creating us as living wills separate from His.  When Adam and Eve chose death, they proved that they were alive. A machine can only do what it is programmed and designed to do. But living beings can choose to go astray. Choosing death was the first act of man to think outside the box, although it put mankind into a smaller box.

He made this vast and complex box for us to live in called the universe through whose laws of creation we are bound.   There is nothing we can imagine that goes beyond the laws of creation.  Everything we do as mankind is limited by the laws of the world. The universe is the box that we have been put in, and we can not think out side the box of this  universe.  All our fiction, sci-fi and technological dreams are still bound by the parameters of the universe.

Whereas we are bound to the box of the universe in our thinking.   And with the Fall of mankind a world system limited to the senses and selfish  desire of the flesh puts us into an even smaller box within the box of the universe.  This is what Jesus, who is Yahweh-Shua, that is,  I Am Salvation, came to deliver us from.  Jesus came to give us abundant life.  That does not mean just breaking out of the smaller box of the world system, but going beyond the confines of this universe!

Free will also holds true for the angelic creatures that the Lord created before He created mankind.  Angels have free wills, too. They are not robots or machines but living beings.  While I do not believe that God intended the angels to think outside the box, He anticipated it and accounted for it in His creation.    Lucifer thought outside the box of Truth and invented the Lie.  Jesus said that when Satan lies he speaks on his own since he is the father of lies (John 8:44). However, since they are spirits only there is no chance that they can turn back. Once they lie, they become lie and can not speak the truth, even though they know the Truth.  Angels, are only spirit, making them somewhat one dimensional, thus are completely holy or completely corrupt.  There is no redemption for them, thus the lake of fire was prepared for them (Matt. 25:41).

The Flesh

We were created in the box of the universe, and Satan with his lies put us into a smaller box of the world and the flesh. Before The Fall Adam was tested by God to see if he could think outside the box. When the animals were brought before Adam, he saw past the flesh and saw the spirit of each creature and said what they were. The Bible does not say that he made up names for the animals.

(Gen 2:19) And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

“Whatsoever Adam called”  them does not mean he made up names, it means he correctly called them what God called them. In other words, he repeated the same word that God spoke to create them.  Adam saw beyond the flesh and saw into the spirit and passed the test.  Adam also realized that none of those creatures were suitable for him as a mate, so God created the woman from his side. When he awoke, his first words were bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh (Gen. 2:23), indicating that he saw past the flesh with Eve and saw her spirit and knew it was from his own.

But The Fall put them into a smaller box.  They could no longer see into the spirit but could only see the flesh, thus saw that they were naked (Gen. 3:7). Mankind became superficial and could only think  materially making us carnally minded.  Our wills became selfish seeking only our own welfare, and no other.  Our thinking became bound to the box of the natural world.

Satan became the role model for the world.  Mankind continued to think outside the box.  However, instead of expanding his thinking into the glory that God intended, mankind twisted his thinking into perversion and all manner of sin.  Instead of building upon God’s work, mankind twisted and destroyed life.

The Lord’s death and resurrection frees us from natural thinking and gives us the mind of Christ so we can think spiritually (1 Cor. 2:14-16), which is the first step out of the box of the natural universe.  He gives us freedom from  the flesh through our being crucified with him by faith (Gal. 2:20) and the new birth (John 3:3).

The World System

While we are essentially self-centred in the fallen nature, mankind can still see the benefit of mutual agreement and labor for selfish gain. The world system was not a conscious creation of man, although I believe it is consciously encouraged by Satan. Our standard for thinking became our selves and others. Natural thinking of the individual became group-think of the masses which is foolish thinking (2 Cor. 10:12). We cared more about what others thought than what we know in our heart.   Consequently we are surrounded by influences of natural thinking, of which we are encouraged not to conform ourselves, but rather to transform ourselves by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2).

The necessities of life become a powerful influence encouraging carnal and worldly thinking. We all need to eat, have shelter, be protected from harm, and clothed upon.  We all want pleasure  and ease.  These are needs and desires given to us by God that are part of the box of life in this universe that He wants us to see beyond.  God knows our needs before we have needs (Matt. 6:8), but without knowing God, the natural man seeks to meet his own needs through the world system of other people.

Our world shrinks even smaller as we labor by the sweat of our brow in a 9-5 job that sinks us into daily routines and ruts.  Our understanding of what we think we need shrinks to the basest of desires and appetites.

The Straight Jacket of Organized Religion

We all retain our free will even when we receive the new birth. We can choose to sin again, and we do, either out of ignorance or unchanged heart desires. When Yahweh gave Israel the Mosaic Covenant, He gave them a straight jacket that put them into deeper bondage. Israel did not see the straight jacket. Instead they saw it as a path of freedom. But their path of freedom was not freedom in God, but freedom for more selfishness, which was the straight jacket of the law (Rom. 3:20).

Satan understood the stumbling block of the law and sought as quickly as he could to wrap it around the new born church after the resurrection of Christ. The body of Christ resisted for several centuries, but succumbed to natural thinking in passing personal responsibility off to what is called the pastoral office and living under the law.

Jesus as Our Role Model

Jesus lived in this world under the same conditions as the rest of us, with the exception of having no sin Himself. As far as we know, up until his public ministry at the age of 30, he lived under the laws of creation and the Mosaic Covenant.   Jesus lived in the box of creation and the box of organized religion.  But the time came for him to show what it meant to live outside the box.   He spoke the Truth of God and demonstrated the power of God.  The miracles of Christ are many,  and these are just a few examples.

  • He turned water into wine (John 2:7-9)
  • Gave sight to man born blind (John 9:1-7)
  • Healed lepers of their leprosy (Luke 17:11-19)
  • Fed the multitudes (Matt 15:32 and Mark 8:1)
  • Walked on water (Matt 14:25; Mark 6:48; John 6:15)
  • Controlled the weather (Matt 8:23; Mark 4:37; Luke 8:22)
  • Raised people from the dead (Matt 9:23; Mark 5:23; Luke 8:41 John 11:38-44)

His ultimate miracle that overcame the laws of creation was His own resurrection from the dead  (John 21:1-14).  Death is the greatest boundary of the box of creation that Jesus went outside.  Jesus did not just think outside the box, He acted outside the box.  He is our example of living.   God wants His children to be as He is.  The meaning of life is to realize and live outside the box.  The intention of God is for mankind to join Him in further building  and expanding  the glory of His creation.   Regrettably the vast majority of His children are like the wicked and slothful servant who buried his talent (Matt. 25: 24-27).   Some  (myself included) have tasted the heavenly powers (Heb. 6:4 & 5), but have not walked in the fullness of it.  A very few  people such as Smith Wigglesworth, John Lake, and Katherine Kuhlman have walked in the power of God more extensively.

The Meaning of Life is for us, the children of God, to learn how to think and live outside the box as God does.  God told Adam to have dominion over the planet before The Fall (Gen. 1:26).  It is His desire that we join Him in improving the Creation.  He does not put the same requirements on everyone.   In the story of the servant who buried his treasure, the Lord did not berate the one who had two talents for not making as much as the one with 5 talents.  We won’t all walk in the miraculous power of God, but we all can expand our horizons.  We remain in this fallen world because it still serves as an environment for us to think outside the box.  Do you have a 9 to 5 job? Perhaps the Lord wants you to be an entrepreneur.  Have you tasted the power of God?  Perhaps the Lord wants you to walk in the miraculous.  Jesus only did what the Father directed him, but Jesus asked the Father what He wanted him to do, too.   Increase meaning in your life. Think outside the box.  Try something new.

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