“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” (2 Pet. 1:19)
There is no numerical valuation for an intermediate, transitional quantity of purpose, meaning, or direction. These realities are not quantifiable. But we can say that materials particles…beach sand, ocean saltwater, an apple…have zero cognitive self-awareness or reasoning capacity and therefore have no destiny-shaping autonomy. There is no such thing as faulty, wayward, misguided, or morally deficient material particles making wrong choices or taking independent actions good or bad.
If it is acknowledged that the narrative stories of faith in the Bible contain purpose and meaning, then atheism and agnosticism are essentially defunct. If there is genuine, recognizable purpose in the universe, then the natural moral law that governs all right behavior exists, and the God who either crafted the natural moral law or who ascribes to it also exists.
Once purpose, meaning, and direction guided by intelligent foresight exist…this must then be explained…and the philosophies of naturalism and scientific materialism are incapable of doing this with any degree of commonsense plausibility.
What complicates this beyond repair for the atheist is the presence of the cross of Christ ingeniously contained within the positive stories of faith recorded in the Bible starting with Abraham…front-loaded and fully functional…saturated with purpose…over four thousand years ago. No conceivable mechanism using random-chance, morally ignorant and neutral material particles could ever manufacture a scenario with the beauty, depth, and purpose of a life-script crafted for the benefit of a large number of other people and for the central participant in each unique storyline, that proceeds entirely contrary to worldly conventional normalcy.
The divine Son of God Jesus sacrificing His own life on the cross to satisfy the demands of justice according to the highest standards of the natural moral law, while at the same time procuring our release through faith in Him as Savior from the obviously life-destroying, ill-effects of sin…is so far outside the creative capacity of bland and clueless material particles that if this issue was not so eternally decisive in its importantance…the plausibility of the atheistic philosophy of naturalism would be laughable.
In an earlier post I said that what makes a journey of faith hard is also what makes it great. In the case of Jesus Christ the Son of God, mankind needed a Savior. Jesus the Son of God incarnated into a human body could have enjoyed Himself sailing the Greek Isles. But instead the life and ministry of Jesus runs totally contrary to worldly conventional aspirations and normalcy. Jesus fulfills every aspect of His own Sermon on the Mount…but at great personal cost…the cost of the cross…for our benefit. Only a brilliantly imaginative, transcendent God could compose such a purpose-directed life-script.
This reality soars far above the capacity of material particles to self-manufacture through any imaginable contrivance of random chance mechanisms.
The gospel message exists in the human consciousness. It did not just originate by itself out of nowhere. It has a powerful backstory in the Old Testament leading up to the cross of Calvary, and a complex and fascinating history throughout the church age leading up to today. The existence of a brilliant, Intelligent Designer God is the correct explanation for this remarkable reality…not neutrally bland, material particles in an unguided, random-chance universe.