The Importance of a Journey of Faith, Part 3

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”  (Job 28:28)

From The Christian Church in the Last Days

If Lucifer attempts to undermine the credibility of the Bible through radically skeptical, unbelieving social science critics basing their methodology on a philosophical naturalism that presupposes at the outset that a supernatural God does not exist, this indirectly identifies for Christians which specific issues spiritual opposition considers important enough to attack. By attempting to connect the philosophy of naturalism (that the natural world is all there is) to empirical science, to subtly confer validity and authority upon the philosophy of naturalism, Lucifer runs the associated risk of identifying for Christianity one of the key eternal issues of truth.  If Lucifer attacks the credibility of the Bible, with the goal to remove faith and trust in the historical reliability of the narrative stories of faith recorded in the Bible, Lucifer thereby in essence reveals one of the key poker-hand cards he is holding.  In the last-days, Lucifer through the Antichrist will be maneuvered into placing all of his cards on the table (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

When Lucifer voices through the mouths of radical, skeptical, unbelieving, liberal scholars that the characters in the Old Testament are not real people because they perform supernatural feats, or that the miracle stories in the New Testament are not real because they are supernatural and thus suspect according to “modern” naturalistic thinking, Lucifer unwittingly identifies what really matters and is of central importance in the Bible. If the aim of deception and spiritual opposition is to flatten and level out the supernatural from the Bible, this then tells us that the supernatural participation of Jesus Christ in our lives through a living and vibrant adventure of faith, patterned for us in the Bible, is of the extreme utmost importance.

A journey of faith, as portrayed in the Bible, is the God-ordained process of establishing the context for individualized events and circumstances in this world whereby God can relate to us on a personal basis. This divinely initiated revelation started with the calling of Abraham to leave Haran and go to Canaan.  As Abraham journeyed toward Canaan, he left behind his Haran-based plans in favor of the new plans of God for his life.  This established a new context for God to create a relationship with Abraham.  This is a supernatural experience at its core.  Modern-day “watchmen on the wall” must shout this out clearly to Christendom in warning of approaching enemies to our faith.

Born-again Christians experience the supernatural reality of God at the time of their conversion. Spirit-born Christians know that Jesus Christ is risen and alive today.  The question of the existence of the supernatural is not an issue for spiritually born-again Christians.  Because Jesus is both the Son of God and the Eternal Word of God (John 1:1-14), right living and correct interpretation of the Bible go together.  The promise is that the Holy Spirit will “guide” the Christian disciple into all truth (John 16:13), the implication being that the discovery of genuine truth will come through a combination of the study of scripture and actual guided life experience.

The radically liberal, skeptical approach of scrubbing the supernatural out of the Bible, according to naturalistic presuppositions, produces a faulty theological equation that will consistently pump out the wrong conclusions. This approach to biblical interpretation can never be thoroughly or comprehensively correct, because in scrubbing away the supernatural out of the Bible, this also scrubs away the key biblical element of a supernaturally composed and guided journey of faith portrayed in the lives of faith in the Bible.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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