“For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” (Isa. 14:27)
From The Christian Church in the Last Days
A flattened, worldly conventional, leveled playing-field approach to interpreting the Bible marginalizes Jesus as the Word of God from the scriptures, because it views all supernatural and human interaction recorded in the biblical narrative stories as mere legend and myth. A skeptical, humanistic interpretation views the Bible as not based in reality but in mere human imaginative, literary invention. Skeptical unbelief will homogenize the supernatural resurrection of Jesus out of reality, removing the redeeming salvation of the cross and the resurrection out of the reach of rational human experience.
The key question here is who is more qualified to make the determination as to the reality of God…the Spirit-born Christian who knows Jesus personally through a walk of faith, or the unbelieving skeptic having an advanced degree in sociology, anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, or history?
A central issue which is at stake here in the discovery of empirical evidence supporting intelligent design surfacing today in the secular field of the natural sciences is the clear identification and refutation of the philosophy of naturalism as the archenemy of the genuineness of the Bible and the biblical journey-of-faith experience. This is occurring at a critical time in human redemptive history. A journey of faith through the cross is the effective antidote to radical, skeptical unbelief in our modern age. The arguably defensible component of supernaturalism contained within a biblical journey of faith, thanks in part to the complementary scientific evidence supporting intelligent design, is now a doubly-strong solvent. This double-strength solvent can be used to dissolve the spiritually corrosive and destructive teaching of radical liberal theology, in our last-days evangelical outreach to the world.
The challenging environment of the upcoming end-times period elevates the age-old biblical concept of picking up our cross and following Jesus to a level of importance like never before in history. It is critical that Christians begin now to become rooted and grounded in their faith through a God-composed and orchestrated adventure-of-faith, built on the rock-solid foundation of a scriptural understanding of walking through the narrow gate of Matthew 7:13-14. This narrow gate begins at the foot of the cross.
The Christian in the last-days needs to recognize that a biblical journey of faith is the diametric opposite of a spiritualized, New-Age, individually internalized experience that we dream up within our minds and project outward onto our own invented imaginary god. The journey of faith concept portrayed through a God participating actively in the lives of the people of faith recorded in the Bible, is beyond the reach of human imagination and invention because it lies outside of our conventional everyday experience. A journey of faith following Jesus Christ is beyond our human capacity to unilaterally orchestrate within our lives. It is at the opposite end of the spectrum from self-directed religious works leading to self-realization. The addition of the one true God into our lives, bringing His own unique ideas as to the optimum direction we should be going in, by definition will get our vision raised above the conventionally horizontal. People living and thinking solely in the horizontal, no matter how advanced their university education, cannot gain access by their own intellect into this elevated realm of reality (John 8:43).
In my opinion, this is one of the central issues facing the modern-day Christian church as we approach the end-times. New theologies, new concepts, or new approaches are not required. The old-fashioned, tried-and-true approaches of repentance, personal dedication and commitment, listening for God’s voice in the Spirit, and surrender of our stubborn will-and-way to the higher leading of God in our lives, will produce the commendable fruits of the Spirit in character and in service to others that are unassailable and far above biased criticism based upon skeptical unbelief (Jeremiah 6:16).