“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For…”

Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For? C.S. Lewis, Bono and the Argument from Desire via crossexamined.org

by Ted Wright

For better or worse I was a child of the 80’s, and during that time a new rock band came on the scene that changed pop music, both in Britain, America and eventually the world. I immediately loved their sound as soon as I heard it. Their style was unique, and the lyrics had a real message. Their songs resonated much deeper than the typical pop tunes being played on the radio. That band was U2 from Dublin Ireland.

In May of 1987 the band released their 5th studio album titled “The Joshua Tree.” The second track on that album is a “gospel-esque” song that producer Danny Lanois encouraged Bono to write.[1] The song is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The song has been acclaimed by many critics and publications as one of the greatest songs of all time.[2]

What makes this song so unique and timeless? Sure it’s Bono’s excellent vocals, Adam Clayton’s chilled-out bass, and the Edge’s astral guitar licks, but I believe that it is also something more, something much deeper. The song touches on a truth that is embedded in all people – a deep sense of longing and desire for something that this present world cannot fully satisfy. Here is the second refrain.
“I have kissed honey lips

Felt the healing in her finger tips

It burned like fire

(I was) burning inside her.
I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.”
The song is written in the style of a gospel-lament which has it roots in the Psalms, the Lamentations of Jeremiah and later, African-American Spirituals. So, what is the singer lamenting?

He is lamenting that no matter what he tries or what he does, ultimate satisfaction isn’t found in this world. His satisfaction must come from somewhere else. He was made for something else, for somewhere else, or perhaps for someone else. He is a pilgrim and a sojourner on this earth, “just a passing through.”

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis articulates an argument for the existence of God based on our dissatisfactions as well as our deepest desire, which sounds a lot like the lyrics of U2’s song. I would even argue that the core idea is the virtually the same.

Lewis’s argument goes like this:

…A baby feels hunger; well there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world[3]

Philosopher Peter Kreeft has done us a great service and re-formulated Lewis’s argument from desire into a syllogism that might be a little easier to follow.

Every natural innate desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire
But there exists in us a desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.
Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.
This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”[4]

Premise 1 – Every natural desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire

The key here is that every natural desire has a corresponding reality. The implication is that there is a distinction between two kinds of desires – natural desires and artificial desires. Everyone has natural desires, like the desire for water, food, sleep, friendship (companionship), etc…, but we also have desires for things that are artificial, or conditioned by society – like the desire to be famous, or the desire to possess superpowers (like one of the Avengers), or the desire to own a Ferrari.

However, with the artificial desires we don’t recognize a condition called “Ferrari-lessness” which corresponds to, say a natural desire like the desire for water (thirst), or for food (hunger).

Premise 2 – But there exists a desire in us which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.

This premise is existentially true, and either one senses it or not. It can’t be forced. It may be pointed out, however, that even though one might not sense a desire for God, it doesn’t mean that the desire is non-existent, just buried under the concerns, the worries and the busyness of life.

The Southern novelist Walker Percy commenting on “the search” in his classic novel The Moviegoer (1961) touches on this idea:

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be on to something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Something is missing, so we despair. Indeed, as Thoreau writes, “…most men live lives of quiet desperation” (Civil Disobedience & other Essays), or like mythical, Greek Sisyphus, we “feel” the futility and the endless drudgery of work & life and deeply sense that there must be “something more.”

If God is the ultimate source of joy and fellowship, then nothing but Him and Him alone (& life with Him forever) will satisfy the heart of every person.

This truth has been articulated by many different voices throughout history.

“For He [God] has set eternity in the hearts of men…” – King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

“Thou, O Lord hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee” – St. Augustine (The Confessions)

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” – Blaise Pascal (Pensees)

“Not to be onto something is to be in despair” – Walker Percy (The Moviegoer)

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” – U2 (Bono)

Peter Kreeft brilliantly summarizes premise 2 this way:

The second premise requires only honest introspection. If someone defies it and says, “I am perfectly happy playing with mud pies, sports cars, or money, or sex, or power,” we can only ask, “Are you really?” But we can only appeal, we cannot compel… Even the atheist Jean-Paul Sartre admitted that “there comes a time when one asks, even of Shakespeare, even of Beethoven, ‘Is that all there is?’”[5]

Premise 3 – Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.

Premise 4 – This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”

Admittedly, the conclusion of this argument is not an “air-tight” case for the God of the Bible, but it is certainly a stepping stone. When the argument from desire is placed alongside of other arguments for God’s existence, such as the cosmological argument, and the teleological argument, then I think it makes a pretty compelling case worthy of serious consideration.

Kreeft says, “What it proves is an unknown X, but an unknown whose direction, so to speak, is known. This X is more: more beauty, more desirability, more awesomeness, more joy.”[6]

Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. ~ C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, pg. 42)

Truth, Goodness & Beauty

It may be that beauty, and our desire for infinite beauty and truth and goodness is where we feel the unfulfilled longing[7] the most, as Kreeft brilliantly explains:

There are three things that will never die: truth, goodness and beauty. These are three things that we all need, and need absolutely, and know we need absolutely. Our minds want not only some truth and some falsehood, but all truth, without limit. Our wills want not only some good and some evil, but all good, without limit. Our desires, imaginations, feelings or hearts just want not just some beauty and some ugliness, but all beauty without limit.

For these are three things that we will never get bored with, and never will, for all eternity, because they are three attributes of God, and therefore all God’s creation: three transcendental or absolutely universal principles of all reality. …Truth, goodness and beauty are ‘patches of Godlight’ here in the ‘Shadowlands.’ Their home is Yonder.[8]

Christianity teaches that the only way to truly KNOW God is through Jesus Christ who came to reveal Him for Who He truly is.

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3)

Will You Answer The Call To Run On The Wall?

Daily Manna

armor-troy-332x190“They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. ” – Nehemiah‬ ‭4:17

In the time of Nehemiah the wall that surrounded Jerusalem had breaches, for it had been broken down by it’s enemy’s relentless attacks. So Nehemiah orders and oversees it’s repair. Upon hearing of this, Israel’s enemies became very angry and determined to prevent this great work through lies, deceit, slanders, the sending of false prophecies, and all out war. So Nehemiah, determined not to allow the enemy to stop God’s work, ordered that every workman of the Lord work with one hand and bare a weapon of war in the other hand.

Those laboring in the Lords…

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Peace Tonight.

Lying in bed tonight I snuggled with my Chihuahua, Bella. She is a gift from God Almighty. Looking into her big, brown eyes tonight I was at ease. This was one of the few moments in my life where I didn’t feel the condemnation of the enemy. I was so relaxed thanks to Lord Jesus who gave me His peace tonight. It was so odd to not have the tensions and strains upon me as I normally do. Bella was actually still and took a brief nap. Praises to Father God for dogs! They are like stuffed animals or teddy bears for comfort, but they actually respond to us in love! Jesus will be here to pick up His Bride any moment now. How amazing it will be to no longer face the daily accusations of the devil! Just peace…the Presence of Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ… Doubt, worries, and fears will be no more.

Micah 7:7 (KJV)

“Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”


Eviction Notice!

From Brother Scotty Levesque

“America’s Gift to God!”

The United States has a gift for God and its not a song, praise, hymn, but rather its an Eviction notice . WE have declared as a nation in our laws and actions across the land we want God to get out. First we took God out of the Schools , then out of the work places , now millions in our land want Him out of everything. This nation was clearly founded upon God and His Principles.
There was a time when God and His Word was welcomed during that time we did not have school shootings or rape on school grounds taking place . God brings order and the belief in following Him and His Word brings Hope . Giving God a move out or Eviction Notice has put our nation in a downward spiral. I don’t care what anybody on Facebook thinks or anywhere across the world thinks but Homosexuality and being a Transgendered person directly defies God and His order of creation . When i was in High School it was very rare to see a lot of promotion of Homosexuality . i scratch my head and stand in awe at what has happened how now almost every T.V. show airing has to embrace this in a character. The World Heralds Bruce Jenner
but He’s a sad example of what happens when a man spirals to the point of turning himself into whats not even natural.
We all read about Rome and other wicked societies but we have surpassed them . Transgendered is not in the Bible because such wickedness was not even recorded mankind had not become that perverse yet. It is recorded in God’s Word that he made them Male and female and God saw that it was good. Somehow we have seemed to foolishly believe God messed up and we were made to be something different. Christians across the world to see the seriousness of this sin and not defend or embrace it in any way whatsoever.
Homosexuality stops the creation itself for 2 man or 2 women can not make a baby . Transgendered says we are the creator and we are meant to be different then what we are .
Jesus did die for all Sins and this stuff can be forgiven but to believe you can live in these conditions and be right with God is an outright lie from Hell. The nation is lulling its self to sleep as False Ministers marry Same sex Couples and preach out of the same Bible that condemns it. The prophetic time clock of Judgment is clicking wars are on the horizon.. Open Satanic worship has arrived as well and is growing that’s one of the last signs of Judgment before God wipes out a nation How can a Nation that is giving God an Eviction notice expect Him to defend it.
I’m even afraid to see whats next what other sins will we embrace how wicked will we become . Until we see whats really going on we won’t realize how serious this is first it’s bathrooms soon it will be everything. Some say your old fashioned step up to whats going on now . I say to them no thanks id rather be old fashioned and stick to The Origin of creation then to make a man whos a 1/2 man and woman a hero and as for me and my house We will serve the Lord!

I Know Who You Are

“Who You Are” by JJ Heller

All she wanted, was a baby to hold,
and she’s still waiting, at forty-one years old,
her life feels like a tragedy,
and its driving her down to her knees
she says “I don’t know, I don’t know what your doing, but I know who you are.”

It was after midnight, when he answered the phone,
the doctor said his daughter, was never coming home,
sometimes life doesn’t make any sense, of war and pain
and accident, he’s praying “I don’t know, I don’t know what your doing, but I know who you are.”

You are the fathers heart, and a love that’s wild,
and you know what it’s like to lose, yeah you know what
it’s like to lose, what it’s like to lose a child,

Sometimes I don’t know, I don’t know what your doing,
I don’t know, I don’t know what your doing, but I know who you are.

What Love Really Means

“What Love Really Means”  by JJ Heller

He cries in the corner where nobody sees
He’s the kid with the story
No one would believe
He prays every night
“Dear God won’t you please
Could you send someone here
Who will love me?”

Who will love me for me
Not for what I have done
Or what I will become
Who will love me for me
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love
What love really means

Her office is shrinking a little each day
She’s the woman whose husband has run away
She’ll go to the gym after working today
Maybe if she was thinner
Then he would’ve stayed
And she says…
Who will love me for me
Not for what I have done
Or what I will become
Who will love me for me
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love
What love really means
What love really means

He’s waiting to die as he sits all alone
He’s a man in a cell who regrets what he’s done
He utters a cry from the depths of his soul
“Oh Lord, forgive me, I want to go home”

Then he heard a voice somewhere deep inside
And it said,
“I know you’ve murdered and I know you’ve lied
And I have watched you suffer all of your life
And now that you’ll listen I’ll, I’ll tell you that I…”

I will love you for you
Not for what you have done
Or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love
The love that you never knew
Love you for you
Not for what you have done
Or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love
The love that you never knew

Change Me.

“Only Love Remains”  by JJ Heller

Scenes of you come rushing through
You are breaking me down
So break me into pieces
That will grow in the ground
I know that I deserve to die
For the murder in my heart
So be gentle with me Jesus
As you tear me apart

Please kill the liar
Kill the thief in me
You know that I am tired of their cruelty
Breathe into my spirit
Breathe into my veins
Until only love remains

You burn away the ropes that bind
And hold me to the earth
The fire only leaves behind whatever is of worth
I begin to see reality
For the first time in my life
I know that I’m a shadow
But I’m dancing in your light

Teach me to be humble
Call me from the grave
Show me how to walk with you upon the waves
Breathe into my spirit
Breathe into my veins
Until only love remains

URGENT, America!

Via Brother Scotty Levesque

All around this nation False Prophets and candy coated preachers are saying there will be a National Revival in America . This may shock some of you and some may disagree but I stand as a watchman and tell you this day . There will be no National Revival in America . God is going to save many people as He is calling His prodigal sons and daughters home. There will be others but the space of grace is getting more closed by the second . The coming of the Lord is a heart beat away . The wickedness of America has reached the patience of the God of heaven. It’s not a question of if we will be judged its a question of when . WE will answer for over 60 million abortions, for the mocking of the sacredness of marriage , for the mocking of the defiance of creation itself saying we are not a man or a woman . The witness of how Millions every day reach for a bottle a needle to satisfy there desires. A witness against the Church who preaches that all this is habitats and will not call it sin . A Witness against our nation how we have made Sports People more important then God’s people. Making many of them idols .How the Football Games have become more important then gathering together in His houses experiencing the presence of God.
A witness against our murders and rapes and violence of killing people over the color of there skin and of the gangs that reign violence all over the nation thinking foolishly that God does not see all things !
A witness against how we have begun to align ourselves against Israel and make them give up there sacred God given land . Woe unto us for coming against the apple of God’s eye .
A witness against us of how everyday millions view pornography and fill themselves with satanic music of all sorts that speak against the word of God . A witness against us How our universities have become party pits and places where they explain away everything Godly. A witness against us how we have reversed the Word of God to make it say what we want to adjust it to fit our lifestyles .
A witness against us how our mouths are filled with profanity and millions curse everyday the only name that can save them .
A witness against us how we have forgotten the poor and widows and walk by people in need . A witness against us of how we put into office the very men and woman that oppose the laws of God .
One of the most serious witness against us the recent embracing of satanic worship from the image of Kahlil on the empire state building, the satanic statue embracing children in Detroit. The welcoming of the satanic bible in our schools yet banning The only truth God’s Word. The latest erecting the gate of the temple of Baal the very place where they offered children sacrifice on . Then they lit up red recently embracing a satanic day when they did such things . It’s time to get our houses in order

A witness against us how we have taken things holy like the rainbow covenant and have embraced it as a symbol of filth and impurity .

Sodom and Gomorrah had no Bible had no Christian radio stations had no internet , no Christian television but they did have homosexuality, violence, Pride , idolatry , and great wickedness. They had a lot less light then we had yet God destroyed them . The Word of God warned us not to follow there wicked ways . Yet we have gone beyond just following it we have surpassed it .

2 Peter 2:5-7King James Version (KJV)

5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an en sample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

I did not write this for an amen or a shout I wrote it because I feel it’s what God is saying . Weather you choose to believe it or not is not important to me what is however though is the blood of this nation won’t be on my hands ! I feel the coming of the Lord will be soon He’s speaking to His bride across the world with visions dreams etc . The midnight cry is coming go get your Children it’s time . Luke warm Christians get right Tonight you may not have tomorrow !

Grace Is Expired.

Nuclear holocaust. If you don’t COME NOW to God through Jesus Christ you will not be ready to escape what is about to take place between the United States and Russia. I don’t know what the survival rate is with this, but what I do know that Nuclear war is clearly guaranteed. Seek Jesus today. We’re not promised another second. Jesus is taking those that are His away from the looming nightmare. You may say that this is drastic, but I assure you it is real. Get ready, you were warned beforehand.

 Romans 10:9

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.



Fresh Manna in King James Version.  Be encouraged in Jesus’ Name!

2 Corinthians 4:17

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Psalm 50:15 

15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.


Psalm 61:2

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.


Isaiah 41:10

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.


Deuteronomy 31:8

And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Psalm 34:10

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.


Hebrews 10:23

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)


Philippians 4:13

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.


Psalm 62:1-2

62 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.


2 Corinthians 4:16

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 2:14

14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.







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