In the quest for a theistic Intelligent Design approach in science to establish purpose in our reality, the logical follow-up question is: what is the underlying purpose of finding purpose in the natural world? It appears that a God-composed adventure of faith life-script…as invented in the Bible…is and was the answer all along.
But the opposition of self-seeking autonomy…the central internal debate that is the universal pull of humanism…proudly conquering our destiny entirely on our own…works hard to protect self-rulership seemingly at all costs…even at the unfathomably high cost of our eternal welfare.
The grand irony here is that the novel simplicity of the truth of the gospel message was and is right in front of us all the time. The life-changing discovery of the existence of the kingdom of God, with all of its priceless benefits…salvation, eternal life, restoration of our relationship with God, and access into our true destinies through God-composed adventures of faith…really is like the parable of the man who finds a treasure hid in a field, who hides that treasure, and with joy then goes and sells all that he has to buy that one field (Mt. 13:44).
We do not have anything of value in terms of good works to bring to our salvation. Jesus Christ paid in full our debt of sin on the cross of Calvary. But the one thing we can bring to God in sacrifice at our new birth salvation experience is our will-and-way. The one thing we can bring is ourselves…and the curious yet most liberating thing about the true gospel message is that this means not in part…but all. Jesus Christ wants us to give all of ourselves to Him…as our valuable contribution to our faith-journey.
Following the Law alone…the Torah…the Ten Commandments and the Old Testament ordinances…carries the very real risk of falling back into self-autonomy…of creating our own rationalized ways of measuring up to our own standards for judging our performance. But a biblical-quality journey of faith, divinely crafted out of the mind of God, offers no such option for wiggle-room manipulation on our part…because a God-composed journey of faith has a definite life-script storyline…a plotline…with a premeditated, end-point outcome having a pathway of intended events and circumstances that Jesus described in His Sermon on the Mount as the “narrow gate” (Mt. 7:13-14).
In other words, if we have the whole program in the form of the 613 Mosaic laws of the Old Testament…if the entirety of the information package of our religious experience is in our possession…we then have the ability to tweak and to adjust the more difficult elements to suit ourselves. But a biblical-quality, God-composed journey of faith that is revealed to us incrementally as we travel along our faith-journey…does not always allow us to see too far ahead and thus tempt us to give-up along the way because the path gets narrow, steep, and seemingly “dangerous” to our conventionally limited way of thinking.
This is a part of the incredible genius of God-composed journeys of faith as recorded in the Bible…as guiding templates of instruction for our own journeys of faith.
While Moses and the Israelites were in their wilderness journey they were collectively as a group all experiencing an adventure of faith…momentarily bereft of their own individual plans and schemes…and as a result of their shared common goal of recapturing their Promised Land of Canaan…they had no other worldly conventional choice than to give all of themselves to God. It was their learned-faith in God in the hardships of the desert wilderness that enabled them to go on to conquer their promised homeland. It was learned-faith in the middle of an adventure of faith that enabled the Israelites to eventually capture their destiny…through faith in God, new-found confidence in themselves, and uplifting adherence to a divine set of laws and rules.
Even though from time to time, overcoming faith pops up in the numerous deliverances during the period of the judges in Israel, during the reigns of godly kings, and during the times of prophets like Samuel, Ezra, and Nehemiah, yet the Jews over time fell back into following the Law exclusively and forgot about their divinely sanctioned, universal access to the adventures of faith patterned in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, and David.
It is much easier in terms of our self-willed, humanistic bent to follow laws, rules, and religious practices that we can conveniently tweak, manipulate, and interpret to suit ourselves, than it is to step out into the unknown of a risky journey of faith not of our own making… that has a divinely crafted storyline of definite trajectory, direction, and intention…that cannot be toyed with.
We see this in the biblical narrative stories of faith in both the Old and New Testaments.