“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heavens and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” (Acts 17:24).
This unique concept that the real, living God chips away the unnecessary and distracting elements of worldly conventional normalcy from the life-scripts of people called and chosen to follow Him…who respond through free-will choice to His overtures of love to pick up our cross and follow Him…in terms of establishing the existence of God, of His character, of determining our intrinsic value and worth, and producing the reality of a walk of faith as a solid and unshakable worldview…is enormous beyond measure.
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, 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 are chipped-off and removed by God the master sculptor…reveals in each case a diverse portrait.
The reason this has application in our worldview as Christians is that we observe this same phenomenon in the natural world.
There is discontinuity in the characteristics between birds, fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals, for example. What enables taxonomists to classify birds as a group…feathers, the avian lung system, and relatively larger sized brains to body mass…the things that birds have…also means that birds do not have characteristics that distinctly separate fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals into their respective groupings. Birds not only share some common characteristics with other main groups, but also lack characteristics that each of these groups possess.
One of the reasons that Darwinian macroevolution does not make sense as an explanation for the vast diversity of life…is itself this vast diversity of life. The materialistic philosophy of naturalism cannot see the forest because the trees are in the way.
In Darwinian macroevolution the concept of common descent is central. According to Darwin, if nature makes no great leaps of innovating change, but proceeds through innumerable, small, transitional intermediate phases over long periods of time…unobservable and undetectable to the human eye…then it follows that some of the differentiating discontinuities between some of the main groups and subgroups should still be in the uncompleted phases and thus be visually short of their fully developed future capacity.
According to Darwinism as an explanation for the diversity of life…some living things should be visually apparent as current works-in-progress towards some future finished ideal. This would be analogous to 100 blocks of marble all at various intermediate percentages of completion towards busts of famous people…and all currently indistinguishable due to lack of fine details. The amount of waste material removed by the sculptor is critical to the completion of the final product.
The point I want to make here is that we do not see numerous blocks of living creatures in any numbers that clearly appear clumped together in general groups having closely related characteristics…as a result of being in the preliminary phase short of their fully developed future outcome. There are 100 birds that are clearly indistinguishable in their body architectures and lifestyle habits…all in a preliminary phase waiting for their future random inputs of information and genetic transformation to become something different and discontinuous with their current “gang of 100.” The same can be said of fish or reptiles or insects or mammals.
The observable fact of nature that every living creature we see in nature is fully developed and capable of survival and reproduction…with built-in genetic variation to be able to adapt to changing environments…should tell us that there is a transcendent intelligent designer behind nature that at some time in the past input the information into every living creature…and that this is the true explanation for the diversity of life.
A biblical truth having enormous apologetic evidence for the divine origin of the Bible is that a person cannot be Abraham and be anything else. The life-script for Abraham is exclusive. We cannot be Abraham and he cannot be us. Likewise, we cannot be Joseph in the Old Testament, or Moses, or David, or Ruth, or Esther. God will not make us into anyone or anything other than ourselves and our own unique calling. God does not make fish with feathered wings that can fly. God does not make compose lions that are part leopards and part cheetahs.
We cannot have everything because we cannot be everything. When Jesus says to take up our cross and follow Him…this means that the divine sculptor will chip-off the superfluous and unnecessary in our life-scripts…creating a distinctively unique masterpiece unique in its details apart from anyone else…not marble busts that all look indistinguishably the same because they are incomplete…according to the limits imposed by worldly conventional normalcy.