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Jesus and The Ultimate Question May 31, 2015

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Never… never again will we wake up in the morning and think, “Who am I?”. “What is my purpose in life?”. “Does it really, cosmically speaking, matter if I don’t get up and go to work?”

For today we will finally learn, once and for all, the plain and simple answer to all these nagging little problems of Life, the Universe, and Everything!

May 25th was International Towel Day and fans of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy may recognize the quote as representatives of a group of ‘pan-dimensional beings’ approach their giant supercomputer and await the answer to the Ultimate question. They and others might enjoy this further extract from the radio script. Those who already know the answer might like to skip to the end where I talk a bit more about the question. (In 2015, May 24th was Pentecost)

LOONQUAWL:
Deep Thought prepares to speak.

DEEP THOUGHT:
[Coughs]Good evening.

PHOUCHG:
Good evening oh Deep Thought, er, er, do you have umm…

DEEP THOUGHT:
An answer for you?

LOONQUAWL:
yes.

DEEP THOUGHT:
Yes, I have.

LOONQUAWL:
There really is one?

DEEP THOUGHT:
There really is one.

PHOUCHG:
To everything? To the great question of Life… the Universe… and Everything?

DEEP THOUGHT:
Yes.

LOONQUAWL:
And are you ready to give it to us?

DEEP THOUGHT:
I am.

LOONQUAWL:
Now?

DEEP THOUGHT:
Now.

LOONQUAWL:
Wo-ow.

DEEP THOUGHT:
Though I don’t think you’re going to like it.

LOONQUAWL:
It doesn’t matter, we must know it!

DEEP THOUGHT:
Now?

LOONQUAWL:
Yes now.

DEEP THOUGHT:
Alright.

PHOUCHG:
Well?

DEEP THOUGHT:
You’re really not going to like it.

LOONQUAWL:
Tell us!

DEEP THOUGHT:
Alright. The answer to everything…

LOONQUAWL:
Yes?

DEEP THOUGHT:
Life, the Universe, and Everything…

PHOUCHG:
Yes?

DEEP THOUGHT:
Is…

LOONQUAWL:
Yes?

DEEP THOUGHT:
Is……

PHOUCHG:
Yes?

LOONQUAWL:
Yes?

DEEP THOUGHT:
Forty-two.

LOONQUAWL:
We’re going to get lynched you know that.

DEEP THOUGHT:
It was a tough assignment.

PHOUCHG:
Forty-two?

LOONQUAWL:
Forty-two?

DEEP THOUGHT:
I think the problem such as it was, was too broadly based. You never actually stated what the question was.

PHOUCHG:
B- b- but it was the Ultimate question, the question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

DEEP THOUGHT:
Exactly. Now that you know that the answer to the Ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is forty-two, all you need to do now is find out what the Ultimate Question is.

LOONQUAWL:
Er…

PHOUCHG:
Er…

LOONQUAWL:
Alright. Can you please tell us the Question.

PHOUCHG:
Alright.

DEEP THOUGHT:
The Ultimate Question?

LOONQUAWL:
Yes.

DEEP THOUGHT:
Of Life… the Universe…

PHOUCHG:
…and Everything.

DEEP THOUGHT:
…and Everything?

LOONQUAWL:
Yes.

DEEP THOUGHT:
Tricky…

LOONQUAWL:
But can you do it?

DEEP THOUGHT:
[Pause] No.

extract of script from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
http://www.clivebanks.co.uk/THHGTTG/THHGTTGradio4.htm

what was the Question?The problem is indeed that in looking for big anwers people don’t always stop to think about the big questions. For example “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” has for many people been a very useful answer to questions asked by a bunch of people in America and around the world and forms a key part of a highly successful tract “Four Spiritual Laws” written by American Evangelist Bill Bright in 1952. The tract has now been translated into over 110 languages.

It fit quite well with the felt needs of many people at the time who were feeling fairly secure in terms of many of their physical needs but were feeling less secure in terms of their need for love and purpose.

The thing is, some people have different felt needs and start with very different questions.

Ultimately I believe the answer is still Jesus, and believe that very good questions and answers are to be found in the Bible, interestingly enough encapsulated quite well in Psalm 42

I spoke recently on the topic of “Jesus is the answer. What was the question again?” but didn’t mention Douglas Adams, Deep Thought, or even Psalm 42. I did mention the Four Spiritual Laws, cat and dog theology and an old joke about squirrels, and talked quite a bit about what Jesus said and did.

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