LIFE DEFINED?

Limitations of Human Understanding - Part Three...

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LIFE DEFINED?

BLOG POST #48

 John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

John 14: 6  “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life…”

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die

In John chapter 1, Jesus is introduced as the Word of God with life in Himself. In John chapter 14, Jesus tell his disciples that He is the life. In John chapter 11, Jesus tells Martha before resurrecting her brother Lazarus that He is the life and the resurrection. In these verses we see that Jesus does not simply provide life independent of Himself, He is life.

Food for thought: The limitations of our modern definitions of ‘life’ is discussed in the Scientific American article discussing “Innovation in Biology”:

“Biologists long ago became convinced that it is not useful to define life. The trouble with any such definition is that one can always construct a model that satisfies the definition, yet clearly is not alive. And of course we do not ever measure life. We can measure many of its manifestations accurately; and we combine those with others that we observe, but perhaps cannot measure, to make up our concept of what it means to be alive. The life itself is neither observed nor measured. It is a summary of and judgment upon our measurements and observations. What biologist do about life is to recognize it.” Scientific American, September 1958, p. 113

I am in the middle of reading ‘Disciplines Of The Spirit’ by Howard Thurman. In the book, the author talks about life this way:

“.. to say that this is a living universe is to say that life itself is alive and that this aliveness expresses itself always in seeking - yes, in goal-seeking. Here the expression is not metaphysically or even morally teleological but connotes, rather, the fact that in the effort of any particular from of life to sustain itself, it does so with reference to ends, at its own level. To state this in another way one may say that life seeks to fulfill itself, that is, to “live itself out.”” Disciplines of The Spirit, Howard Thurman, p. 15.

Last Thought: Taste and see that Jesus is awesome ( meaning: inspiring awe).