We can’t do everything in life, because of the constraints of time, energy, and the physical reality that we can only be at one place at a time…but we somehow sense that we could and want to do more. The Bible says that we are created in the image of God…so we have the sense that being omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent is possible yet just out of reach.
This is one explanation for our impatient jump at the chance for the “knowledge of good and evil” during the temptation in the Garden of Eden. “Ye shall be as gods” was a half-truth too enticing to pass up. Adam and Eve could have simply answered the tempter: “there is no hurry…we will discuss this with God, and then get back to you,” and our world today would have been a different place.
The hard reality for non-divine beings who have the created capacity for moral reasoning, is that there is no easy shortcut route to an understanding of good and evil. Some amount of challenge, suffering, and hardship is required to separate the subtle issues that divide right from wrong. This is where the cross of Christ becomes the chisel that God uses to chip off the chunks of worldly conventional thinking and living, which then leads to the original and innovative, eternally fulfilling journey-of-faith walk through life with God.
Only the true and living God knows what to chip away to achieve a masterpiece portrait-in-action in our lives. This is the divinely creative genius we see in the biblical narrative stories of faith from Abraham through Paul. This is the example for new covenant believers in Jesus Christ today, who have the promise from Jeremiah 31:31:34 that all who follow God will know Him from the least to the greatest.
God, brilliantly and precisely removing the unnecessary and distracting options from our journey of faith life-scripts…is the genuine coin-of-the-realm that authenticates its divine origin. Creating both the harmony of commonly shared characteristics of the cross of Christ, and the discontinuity of the diversity of walk-of-faith storylines to match our individual abilities and callings, is the reality we see mirrored in the biblical narrative stories of faith.
The perception that the biblical narrative stories of faith, containing the cross, are unique in all of religion, philosophy, and literature is further enhanced and clarified by the discontinuities between the stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Deborah, Ruth, Samuel, Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezra, Hannah, Huldah, Peter, James, John, Barnabas, Paul, Silas, and Timothy, to name only a few. Although the theme of the cross commonly runs through each storyline, the varied portions of worldly conventional normalcy that are chipped-off and removed by God the master sculptor reveals in each case a diverse portrait.
This is one part of the biblical message of redemption and liberation from sin that validates its divine origin. This is all-important evidence for purpose and meaning in the Christian worldview.