“But Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?’” – Lk. 22:48
Considering the current “hook up” culture, it is reasonable to ask: “Does a kiss mean anything anymore?”
And yet, this is simply one example of a more fundamental divide. Do the world and the things in it have an objective meaning and purpose, or is all meaning subjectively assigned and thus relative? In other words, does anything mean… well… anything?
I have come to believe, however, that these questions ultimately lead to the Ultimate, to the question of all questions: Is there a Creator or not? For if there is a Creator who is an Intelligence, then the world is intelligible. Then things are created for a purpose, for an end, and have intrinsic meaning – for if all rational beings act for an end, then certainly the One who is Reason (Logos) and Being itself does. If there is no God, then there is no meaning. No real meaning anyway; nothing upon which you can hang your hat (or bet your life). Continue reading