Sixth, and finally, many people working in building construction would say: “Is there any other way than the reactive mode? Of course we will get out there and start the work and then deal with any problems as they arise. We don’t have the time to spend sitting around figuring out what might go wrong.”
Many people think the most economical approach in terms of time investment is found in the reactive mode alone.
But the proactive and reactive modes are not subtly nuanced “differences without a distinction.” In human life-choices they are as fundamentally opposed as can be at the broad, worldview level. If we are living our lives in the reactive mode in response to whatever comes our way, we will make little progress.
There is nothing random about the life of Jesus. Yes, Jesus is daily responding to situations as they occur. But Jesus is never operating in the blind, trial-and-error, random chance search strategy of the response mode. In John 5:19 Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
The miraculous works of Jesus are anything but random. In John chapter nine the story is told of the healing of a blind man. The disciples ask Jesus: “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (Jn. 9:2). The non-random explanation by Jesus, incomprehensible to human understanding now, is: “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (Jn. 9:3). If in the future we can ask this man in heaven, looking back, if it was worth his previous suffering on earth as a blind man…to be a participant in manifesting the works of God recorded in the gospel of John for untold millions of people to read…my guess is he would say yes…yes it was worth being blind for a period of time so that the miraculous works of God through Jesus might be recorded in the New Testament gospels.
When Jesus stands before Pilate responding to Pilate’s assertion that he has the power to crucify or to release Jesus, Jesus refutes the randomness inherent in this statement by answering: “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…” (Jn. 19:11).
There is absolutely nothing random about the proclamation of Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth: “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Lk. 4:21), boldly, clearly, and confidently connecting Himself to the messianic prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-2.
A God-composed journey of faith life-script, and a journey of self-reliance apart from God, are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Darwinian macroevolution promotes the idea of responding to chance events in life in the reactive mode…leading nowhere. The biblical narrative stories of faith tell us that God has unique life-plans for each of us that are steeped in purpose, meaning, and direction. The competing issues at stake here are enormous…they are not superficial, not minor, not inconsequential, and not random…but rather located at the fundamental point of the meaning of life itself.
One goal of this chapter is to try to dispel the notion that atheists own science. Science belongs to everyone…to all thinking persons…theists and atheists alike.
If after 500 years of the modern scientific quest to rid mankind of superstition, folklore, magic, witchcraft, and “old-wives tales”…if this effort reveals unmistakable patterns of complex information arranged to create living creatures, which clearly points towards design by intelligent agency by means currently outside of our understanding…then our worldview philosophy will simply have to change and adapt to include this new reality…as it has numerous times over the last 500 years.