“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” (Ps. 115:3)
From The Christian Church in the Last Days
The fact that our natural world is orderly and intelligible leads to our ability to study phenomenon to the outer reaches of the cosmos and to the smallest microscopic world of living cells. The fact that we possess the intellect, judgment, and cognitive skills to understand moral issues opens up the potential for the discovery of right and wrong through God-composed adventures of faith.
These two concepts…intelligent design of the natural world and the active participation of God in the lives of contemporary Christians through biblical-quality journeys of faith…are coalescing into complementary supporting revelations into the openness of God’s invitation to know Him through His creation and His participation in our lives. This confirms from two entirely different directions that we do indeed live on a privileged planet designed and created for a purpose.
Our unique location as Spirit-born Christians in this broken world is the equivalent experiential platform for making discoveries in the world of absolute morality that closely parallels the discovery by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards that the factors in our natural world both support complex life and provide an optimum platform for scientific investigation.
God did not create evil, but He is so brilliantly imaginative that he can take flawed and imperfect people like Abraham and Paul, and craft them through unique life-scripts into spiritual sons of God who can understand and appreciate the aspects of truth and righteousness, at the same deep level as we are now beginning to scientifically understand the superb craftsmanship behind the workings of our physical world. A biblical journey of faith following Jesus Christ through the cross, invites us to discover the eternal workings of righteousness, holiness, and faith in the areas of character and truth, in the same way that God invites mankind to discover Him through the accessibility and intelligibility of the natural world.
If God does not in actuality and in reality speak to Abraham to leave Haran and travel to Canaan, then the story of Abraham is merely a flat, conventionally bland tale in antiquity of a person going from one location to another. If the conversion and ministry of Paul is interpreted through a humanistic lens alone, without the supernatural participation of Jesus Christ crafting Paul into a world-class apostle of the faith, then what is the value of what Paul has to say to us about surrendering and yielding our lives to the leading of Jesus Christ? Jeremiah 31:31-34 calls for believers to personally know God from the least to the greatest. This claim is absurd if God does not exist in actuality, but the larger point is that this concept lies outside of human imaginative origination. What is our frame of reference for inventing the idea we can get to know personally the living God if in reality He does not exist? No one would or could invent the narrative stories of faith in the Bible. How or why would someone invent the idea of knowing God personally through a journey of faith if such a journey of faith would quickly be dispelled by the non-participation of a non-existent God?
One of the key points of the Bible that validates its supernatural content is that God does actually call people to know Him personally in every century of human history. God skillfully maneuvers events and circumstances in a humanly unimaginable way so that people reach the point where they recognize their need for God’s help in the midst of their calling, brought into clear investigative focus through faith and trust.
The logical extension of the revolutionary discovery that many of the factors that support complex life in the universe are also the same factors that set up an observational platform optimum for conducting scientific investigation of the natural world is the recognition of an intelligent designer of enormous foresight and cleverness. This in turn validates and confirms the significance of a biblical journey of faith from an entirely new direction.
If we can comprehend the craftsmanship of God through an understanding of the intricate workings of our natural world, we can also begin to appreciate the brilliance of the totally unconventional apprenticeship program of Joseph’s training to become governor of Egypt, or David’s challenging character growth route to the kingship of Israel. We can begin to appreciate the unimaginably creative foresight in refashioning the forgiving grace extended to Paul on his way to Damascus, into the evangelical missionary gospel message of love-filled grace preached through Paul to the idol-worshipping, polytheistic Gentiles in the first-century Greco-Roman world.