“For since the creation of the world, His attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” -Romans 1:20
In my science, I have been leaning about the human brain. Something I found very interesting is that man’s brain asks four basic kinds of questions. These are self-worth, origins, life-purpose, and destiny. The more I thought about these questions, the more it made me wonder why God created our brain to ask ourselves these four simple questions. And why, of all the questions we could have asked, these specific ones? Before I address these questions, I am going to point out an interesting fact. First off, many different answers have been created for these questions. Truth is an absolute though and therefore only one answer can be correct. What should we do to decide which ones are true and which ones are false? There are many different ways to gain answers to these questions. However, as a Christian there are two that exceed them all:
1. See if it lines up with what the Bible says. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” This is one of the most important ways to check the answers others give us. If they don’t line up with what God says in His Word, then they aren’t valid answers.
2. Pray. Talk to God about your questions. Ask Him to show you what is true. Jesus is truth (John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”) and wants to lead you in truth. If you are seeking truth, the best place to look is Jesus.
Now that we know where to look for truth, we can go back to my first question. Why these four questions? If you haven’t already noticed, the only way to answer these questions is through God. Through these questions, God has given us cravings that can only be fulfilled by Him. He gave us those specific questions because He knew that apart from Him, they cannot be answered. All mankind has an inner longing for God. People will try to come up with answers that replace God, but without Him, they remain unanswered and the craving in them remains unsatisfied. That is why so many people who have not found Jesus spend their whole life trying to find material happiness to fill the craving, but only find emptiness. When we accept Jesus into our lives, our answers for those questions change from those of our own choosing, to our identity in Christ. They turn from questions that once made us empty, to ones that fill the craving in us.
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” The four questions in our brain point to Jesus. It is proof that there is a God and that He is the only one who can satisfy our craving. I’ll end this post with a quote from Blaise Pascal, “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in a man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around Him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words, by God Himself.”