Galatians 1:11, 12- I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
I went to see the latest Star Trek movie a few weeks ago. I guess I’ve seen most of them, though I blame that on my wife who is the real Sci-Fi fan in the house. But she is not alone. The movie industry makes lots of money giving us images of possibilities beyond our normal experience. As wonderful as the world around us is, we crave more options, more potential, even greater extremes. I’ve heard it called the search for transcendence. We live in a world of near infinite breadth and depth and yet we long for something still beyond. It’s as if we were wired to reach out, at least with our minds, to an unknown place or way of being that calls to us from….where? Paul and Jesus and Christianity claim to connect us with a transcendent reality- transcendent yet imminent (beyond our complete understanding yet close to the core of our being). The old slogan from the X Files was “the truth is out there.” The good news of the gospel is that the truth that is out there has come in here. If there is a greater reality, more than just matter in various combinations moving through time, wouldn’t you want to connect with it? It might be even better than Star Trek. How will you confront your spiritual need for something more this week?