Purpose and Meaning in Life, Part 3

The Bible tells us that God lives in a timeless reality…meaning that as an intelligent designer He has an infinity of time to work with using premeditated foresight.  The body-plan lifestyles of each life-form are not progressive in a macroevolutionary sense, in the fossil record or as seen in today’s living world.  We do not observe infinitesimally small, incremental gradations in the body-plan life-scripts of living creatures evolving into new innovations, now or in the historical past.  We do not see some isolated group of Darwin’s finches on an outer island in the Galapagos archipelago with characteristics half-way in transition toward becoming a hybrid finch/duck, acting half like a finch and half like a duck.  We do not see an isolated group of lions in East Africa, utilizing a new-found top-speed of 70 mph in short sprints to run down Thompson’s gazelles in addition to their normal prey of zebras and water buffalo.

There is discontinuity (vast differences) between every living creature and plant because each as a creative, innovative invention stands as a unique whole….unlike anything else…in its body-plan architecture combined with its unique, coherently integrated lifestyle program for existence.  Yet also because of the vast quantity of diversity in the living world, there are many shared physical and lifestyle characteristics which make up the basis for the altogether human enterprise of classification and taxonomy.

In short, God gets the physical and lifestyle programs of each and every discontinuous living creature just right the first time (with some inbuilt variation in the genetic DNA to allow for microevolutionary adaptation to changing habitat) because He is timeless…and perfect…and we are not.

That God has a unique plan…a program…for each one of us is the reality of purpose and meaning that corresponds to the unique and discontinuous programs of each and every living creature we see in the natural world. This is why it is not odd or out of place to include a discussion of the body-plan life-scripts clearly seen in the living world, within a book highlighting “dangerous” faith contained in the liberated, unconventionally free-thinking, biblical narrative stories of faith…each likewise consisting of a highly complex arrangement of information invented out of the imaginatively creative mind of God.

The concept that God’s program is better than our program is the main theme of the Bible…the central tenet of the story of Abraham the father of faith…and therefore the core of Judaism.  It is the deadly lethal issue at the heart of the conflict…our plans or God’s plans…that leads Jesus Christ to the cross on Calvary Hill and to Resurrection morning for our salvation…that is the core of Christianity.  And it curiously…in the context of distinct body-plans and life-scripts clearly apparent in the natural living world…also splits apart intelligent design and common descent…as incompatible…in the creation/evolution debate.

The radically sophisticated and innovative message of the Bible is that each and every person has a unique program…a God-composed life-script…that is better than anything we can imagine through autonomous self-rulership according to worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.

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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