What the Hell is the Point of it All?

UPDATED – Please see the repost of this entry.

Ok, so I guess I am back to using provocative titles to get people to read my posts. I think I’m ok with with that… you’re reading this aren’t you? Ok let’s go…

In the beginning was the logos… – John 1:1

We all know there is so much more to this passage, but let’s just stop here for a second. What does this mean? Well this text goes on to explain that the Logos was the historical person Jesus Christ.

So what does this mean? Why the word logos?

Well we translate “logos” as “word” into english, but this does a disservice to what this greek term means, and especially what it meant in the culture of the day. The logos is the meaning or argument behind the word. So in the beginning was a meaning, an argument, a reason. This wasn’t a foreign concept at the time.

So again what is the logos?

Well it was used as a technical term in philosophy, beginning with Heraclitus (ca. 535–475 BC), who used the term for a principle of order and knowledge.
The Stoic philosophers identified the term with the divine animating principle pervading the Universe, and the interesting thing was… they couldn’t figure it out. They couldn’t find the logos on their own, so as far as I understand… they had basically given up looking by the time Christ had come. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logos)

So we need to grasp something here… in the beginning… before everything… there was meaning. There was a point to it all. There is a point to everything that happens in this world. This is how John starts his Gospel. And here is the amazing thing… what was the meaning? Jesus Christ. This starts to make even more sense of this other verse about Jesus:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. – Colossians 1:15

All things were created through Him, and for Him. For Him. All things. For Him. Everything… not some things, not most things… but all things. That includes me. I was made for Jesus Christ. That includes you… you were made for Jesus Christ.

Now there is so much here, but I want to highlight just 2 implications of this.

To Christians…
Any doctrine that isn’t interpreted in light of THE meaning behind all things… any doctrine that doesn’t at its absolute centre come back to the thought that the only reason anything makes any sense at all… is because of THE meaning. What is THE meaning behind all things? What is the Truth? “I am the way, and the Truth and the life.” So if our doctrine doesn’t point Christ, then throw it out. He is the litmus test. And please understand that I am not preaching at anyone here but myself, as I am so guilty of this. I am the “church kid, pastors kid” who has all these doctrines floating around without any meaning. This fact and this alone must be the rock that I stand on: In the beginning, there was a meaning and purpose for everything, and that meaning and purpose was Jesus Christ.

To Everyone else…
if you feel like there must be a meaning for you, if you ever wonder why the hell you’re even here, I challenge you to put Christ to the test. If this historical person was walking around saying stuff like, “I am truth” and “before Abraham was, I Am”, and his words have endured for thousands of years, then maybe this is something worth looking into… maybe there is meaning in life. Maybe there is meaning in suffering. Maybe it all has a purpose. Look… even our cursing is couched in the language of the Christian Religion. “What the Hell?” Again I challenge you, if someone came and said, “I am the meaning” and people actually believed him and said, “Wow, yes indeed you are…” isn’t that at least intriguing enough to look into? I think so, that’s why I’m going to keep writing… I challenge you to keep reading.

Or not…
Or just go around having your nice safe doctrines and your pat answers…
Or go on having your meaningless life.
It’s your choice.

UPDATED – Please see the repost of this entry.

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2 thoughts on “What the Hell is the Point of it All?

  1. Shortly after reading this post I read another post on another blog I follow. Interestingly, my struggle lately has been more about the purpose of the church and some dissatisfaction with the production factor. Then after reading about logos here I read this : http://bit.ly/ZH0WqX. Love how the Spirit will find whatever mediums necessary to speak, even if its blogs. Keep it up bro!

    • Thanks Sis! Praise God… I love how He will show you something, and then confirm it. This is one of the main ways he has building my faith, brick by brick. He often shows me something, and then confirms the idea in different places. I have an amazing testimony of how He did that just yesterday, but I’m saving it for another post.

      It’s like in the past 2 weeks, a switch flipped and everything started to come into focus. Stories in the Bible that I hadn’t thought about in 10 or 15 years suddenly are brought to memory, right at the time that I needed them. I’m so thankful and blessed that I was born in the home I was to get to grow up in the Word of God, because it bring such a richness to what He is doing in me right now.

      I am so blessed that He used my words to confirm something in your life that you needed… and so blessed that we are part of THE Church, and get to wonder at the Treasure of Christ together. So much of what the Bible teaches isn’t just for “you” singular, but for “YOU” plural. (One thing that the New World translation is actually good for, believe it or not, is that it shows this distinction in the Greek. No-one go read that translation please… it adds and takes away too many words I think.) So this helps us to see that so many passages are not written to ME but to US.

      What can WE say but Praise God! Let’s gather!

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