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Grail, the ring, the Force, and a recording contract. A meaningful quest involves powerful leaders like Aslan and even reluctant heroes like Frodo Baggins, Luke Skywalker, and Ryan Seacrest as they form relationships and endure trials in the course of their journey. Of course, at the end of the day, these famous quests may inspire us, they may give us hope and provide a pattern for our own quests, but they aren’t real. Only a small number of people will ever seriously compete on American Idol. There’s no such thing as the ring. Neither Narnia nor Middle Earth exists. Even the cup of Christ, which may have been real at one time, exists now only as a symbol for something else. In fact, that’s what all of these legendary symbols are: pointers to something much greater, such as fame and fortune, and a power in the universe that is not available to mere mortals—unless the mere mortals are willing to go on an adventurous journey to find it. In fact, this power, much more than fame or fortune, is something every person longs for. It’s the connection to something that seems unattainable because it offers the promise of an extraordinary life of harmony and peace, above and beyond the evil, suffering, pain, and boredom this ordinary mortal life has to offer. And you know what? It’s a longing that God has put in our hearts. As wise King Solomon writes, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This is why it’s not just the goal of the quest that matters, but the connection our quest gives us to something or someone incredibly meaningful. But in order for the object of any quest to be meaningful, it must be real and it must be attainable. Rings and Grails and the Force don’t count. Becoming the next American Idol isn’t realistic. But making a connection to and having a relationship with the greatest Force, the greatest Power, and the greatest Person in the universe can be a reality for one very simple reason: God is real and He wants to have a relationship with you. Don’t you find it interesting that some of these famous quests focus on objects that are symbols for God, or at least in some way point to God? That’s why some of these quest stories, like The Odyssey and The Holy Grail, have endured for centuries, while the others 15

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GodQuest Non Fiction Book  

By Sean McDowell and Stan Jantz In this life, theres nothing more challenging, more adventurous than going on a search for truth and for som...

GodQuest Non Fiction Book  

By Sean McDowell and Stan Jantz In this life, theres nothing more challenging, more adventurous than going on a search for truth and for som...