"Star Trek 1--The Movie", is sort of a parable in which the good ship Enterprise and its good Captain Kirk and usual crew go out and find out what this strange alien spaceship is that's approaching Earth, whether it's friendly or hostile and what to do about it. They find out that it's a very big, powerful, complicated spaceship of some kind which was somehow accidentally created by the Voyager 6 space probe which was sent out from Earth to collect information, all it could find out. It looks to me like it apparently collected too much information! (Techi: It collected so much information that it got confused!) Then it became sort of a living thing which was becoming curious as to why it had been created and why it was doing this and what it was and who created it, and it wanted to find its creator. So it was headed back to Earth to find its creator.
It's like saying that the space probe, created by NASA, had gone out into space and learned so much that it was able to create this tremendous spaceship, and now it was headed back to Earth because it wanted to get acquainted with its creator. It wanted to find out why it had been created and get some answers. This is the general gist of the story.
But the implied parabolic meaning to this movie is that Man has been created, placed here on the Earth by his Creator. And he's been created with a natural desire to find and know his Creator and to be joined to Him, which of course we know is God. And this is, of course, true, that's why God made us.
In a sense we're like machines, only we're human, flesh, much more complicated than any machines. We are self-reproducing machines, and we not only have knowledge and logic, which is a mere collection of facts etc., but the Lord has also given us human emotion and feelings, most of all love, which lifts us far above any other type of creation, machine, animal or whatever, although even animals can understand love. It turns out science has found out that even plants can understand love. It seems like everything seems to feel love and human emotion. And of course God has put in Man's heart the eternal desire to find God and know God and love God, his Creator.
So Man is always searching for the Lord, and the Lord is searching for Man. But Man has to find Him God's way or he's not going to find Him! And the way that we find the Lord is through His Spirit, which is in a sense His Communicator. God is available to Man, and God wants Man to find Him and know Him, but he has to be willing to turn on his receiver, and desire God and be hungry for God and be willing to listen to God's communications, most of all God's Word. What is a word? It's a communication, right? So God's Word is Whom? (Maria: Jesus!) Jesus and His Spirit is God's way of communicating with Man through His Word. And His principal Word or His principal Communication to show Man what He's like is Jesus!
So God has made a way for Man to know his Creator, and He has made that the only way--"the Way, the Truth and the Life"--and there's no other mediator or communicator except the Man Christ Jesus.--Jn.14:16; 1Tim.2:5. So God has made it that if you want to know God, you have to go through Jesus, you have to find Christ, you have to listen to Him, you have to listen to His Word. His communication is Jesus, and you have to find God that way. There's no other way to find God because there is no other God and no other representation or Word of God except Jesus, get it?
And sensible, sensitive, emotional, honest men who really want to find the Lord will find Him, God has promised that. Jesus Himself said that He filleth the hungry heart and "if you seek Me you'll find Me"!--Mat.5:6, 7:7; Luk.1:53. If any person really seeks to want to find the Lord and communicate with Him, will the Lord see to it that he finds Him somehow? (Maria: Yes!) And a lot of them have found us first, the Lord led them to us. There are many many testimonies in our Family of people who were out trying to find God and trying to seek a reason for their existence, a meaning to their life, "What's it all about? Who am I? What am I here for?" and all that. So if they seek Him, they'll find Him, right? "That they may know Me, Whom to know is Life Eternal!"--Jn.17:3.--Salvation!
The Lord has said for us to seek Him and we'll find Him, because He wants to be found! He has sent His Word to communicate with us, Jesus, to reveal Himself to us in the form of His Son, to show us what He's like.--Jn.1:14. God is like Jesus, and the only way that you can know what God is like and find Him is through Jesus. That's His Word, His Communication, His Message, His Answer. Man is sending out signals to try to find God, and if he will listen, he'll hear God's answers. The Lord will lead him, the Lord will speak to him, the Lord will lead him to somebody who knows the Word and who knows Jesus and who can tell him about Jesus, and that's us!
So Man, the creation of God, is seeking his Creator. A lot of them don't know it, they don't realise it, they don't know exactly what they're looking for, they don't know what they're seeking, Who they're seeking, but they just want to know who they are, what they're here for, what's their meaning, what's their purpose in life, "Why are we here, why were we created, who created us?" etc.
Well, that's the marvellous, wonderful thing about us, we know! We know the answers, isn't that wonderful? We have the answers to what Man is looking for, the reason for his existence, the meaning to his life, why he's here, why he was created!
The whole story is right in the Bible and if they'd just read the Bible they'd find out! It's all there, just exactly how the World was created and what for and by Whom and how we were put here and for what and the whole thing, leading right up to the story of Jesus, how God's Son finally came to reveal God to us to show us what God is like. So that Jesus, therefore, is His Word, His Communication, His Message. Jesus is saying, "I am!"--Jn.8:58. He's the Great I Am! In other words, "I am God, I'm God's Son, I'm His Communication, I'm here to show you what God is like, I'm His Message!" Isn't that what Jesus is? He's God's Word, God's Message!
We would have never known what God was like, but through God sending Jesus, He made a Picture of Himself, in a sense, to show us what He's like. And He has given us that Story and He's given us that Message to spread throughout the whole World and tell Man Who He is, what He is, what He's like, and that He loves us, and that He does want to be joined to us and with us, and He wants us to join Him!
It's sort of an illustration of Man's heartcry for his Creator, how Man hungers for his Creator, the One Who made him, and to find out why he was made and what he's here for, what's the purpose in his life. Jesus can tell us all of that, and He tells us all of that right in the Bible. Even the Old Testament says, "This is the whole duty of Man, to glorify God and keep His commandments."--Ecc.12:13. In other words, to thank God for creating him and to obey God. And we know that His commandments are all summed up in one commandment--Love!--Mat.22:37-40.
I was raised in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois, served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974, and became a full-time missionary for Christ living 40 years in Japan, 3.5 years in Russia, and a few months in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China where I also served the King of Kings, Jesus, as an Ambassador for His Kingdom.
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