The spiritual danger zone of the way of the cross that is the path to the discovery of “all truth,” using just the right blend of crisis, tension, and resolution, requires a stable natural world environment in order to function properly.
Scientific discovery of the correct workings of the larger universe never demoted mankind to a lesser or insignificant status. The relative importance of mankind in the scheme of things is determined by the care the Intelligent Designer God took in creating our habitat.
The scientifically discovered fact that the earth orbits around the sun in a small solar system located in the outer third of our massive spiral galaxy called the Milky Way, amongst billions of other similar galaxies in a universe of unimaginable size and scope, merely tells us that to discover reality in the natural world we sometimes have to dig deeper than mere phenomenal observation at a glance. That the earth fully rotates once every twenty-four hours, giving the phenomenal appearance that the sun orbits the earth, tells us that appearances at first glance can be deceiving.
We now know that the earth’s position within our solar system is in what is referred to as the “Goldilocks zone” of being in just the right distance from the sun to support liquid water…one of the essential ingredients to allow for the existence of complex life. This is but one of about twenty complex and extremely fine-tuned relationships regarding the unique positioning and physical aspects of our planet earth, which far surpasses in value the incorrect and archaic thinking 500 years ago that the earth is the center of the universe, initially based upon phenomenal observation alone.
It was the technical invention of the telescope, and some original thinking by the Polish astronomer Copernicus, that eventually led to correcting our wrong assumptions about the cosmos. It is this unsurpassed quality of the arrangement of all of the intricate factors making complex life like ourselves possible that validates mankind’s high value, which we now understand much better today through the advances of scientific research.
From the Christian viewpoint, the same God who created the laws that govern the mass and motion of non-living objects like stars and planets in the cosmos also created equally precise journeys of faith. Both were in operation and brilliantly functioning thousands of years before we understood either one correctly.
The magnificent orderliness of complex information that goes into the workings of the material particles of our physical world, as large as spiral galaxies and as small as microscopic living cells, is a music-like variation upon a theme of the same precisely ordered, complex, intelligible information that explores the morals and values of life in God-composed journeys of faith as recorded in the Bible.
God creates journey of faith life-scripts without prior collaboration from humans, but He does not set them in motion then depart the scene. The Holy Spirit is active in leading Spirit-born people into “all truth” according to precise game-plans. Jesus invites us to take up our cross and to follow Him within the dynamic action of Holy Spirit led life-events and circumstances.
We have access to the mind of God through God-composed journey of faith life-scripts, both in the Bible and in our own walks of faith following Jesus. This is supernatural and the direct opposite of the philosophy of naturalism.
All the hairs of our heads are numbered, meaning that God knows everything about us (Lk. 12:7). A sparrow will not fall to the ground without God’s knowledge, telling us that He cares about the seemingly smallest, inconsequential things (Mt. 10:30).