The Importance of a Journey of Faith 2

Non-supernatural interpretations of the biblical record based upon the presupposition of naturalism can then no longer be considered “scientific” because science itself is discovering empirical data that supports a reality in the natural world that can only be explained by the existence of a transcendent intelligent designer.

If Lucifer attempts to undermine the credibility of the Bible through radically skeptical, unbelieving social science critics basing their methodology on a philosophical naturalism that presupposes at the outset that a supernatural God does not exist, this indirectly identifies for Christians which specific issues spiritual opposition considers important enough to attack.

By attempting to connect the philosophy of naturalism (that the natural world is all there is) to empirical science, to subtly confer validity and authority upon the philosophy of naturalism, Lucifer runs the associated risk of identifying for Christianity one of the key eternal issues of truth.

If Lucifer attacks the credibility of the Bible, with the goal to remove faith and trust in the historical reliability of the narrative stories of faith recorded in the Bible, Lucifer thereby in essence reveals one of the key poker-hand cards he is holding.

In the last-days, Lucifer through the Antichrist will be maneuvered into placing all of his cards on the table (2 Thes. 2:3).

When Lucifer voices…through the mouths of radical, skeptical, unbelieving, liberal scholars…that the characters in the Old Testament are not real people because they perform supernatural feats, or that the miracle stories in the New Testament are not real because they are supernatural and thus suspect according to “modern” naturalistic thinking, Lucifer unwittingly identifies what really matters and is of central importance in the Bible.

If the aim of deception and spiritual opposition is to flatten and level out the supernatural from the Bible, this then tells us that the supernatural participation of Jesus Christ in our lives through a living and vibrant adventure of faith, patterned for us in the Bible, is of the extreme utmost importance.

A journey of faith, as portrayed in the Bible, is the God-ordained process of establishing the context for individualized events and circumstances in this world whereby God can relate to us on a personal basis.

This divinely initiated revelation started with the calling of Abraham to leave Haran and go to Canaan.  As Abraham journeyed toward Canaan, he left behind his Haran-based plans in favor of the new plans of God for his life.  This established a new context for God to create a relationship with Abraham.  This is a supernatural experience at its core.

Modern-day “watchmen on the wall” must shout this out clearly to Christendom in warning of approaching enemies to our faith.

Born-again Christians experience the supernatural reality of God at the time of their conversion.  Spirit-born Christians know that Jesus Christ is risen and alive today.  The question of the existence of the supernatural is not an issue for spiritually born-again Christians.

Because Jesus is both the Son of God and the Eternal Word of God (Jn. 1:1-14), right living and correct interpretation of the Bible go together.  The promise is that the Holy Spirit will “guide” the Christian disciple into all truth (Jn. 16:13), the implication being that the discovery of genuine truth will come through a combination of the study of scripture and actual guided life experience.

The radically liberal, skeptical approach of scrubbing the supernatural out of the Bible, according to naturalistic presuppositions, produces a faulty theological equation that will consistently pump out the wrong conclusions.

This approach to biblical interpretation can never be thoroughly or comprehensively correct, because in scrubbing away the supernatural out of the Bible, this also scrubs away the key biblical element of a supernaturally composed and guided journey of faith…portrayed in the lives of faith in the Bible.

A flattened, worldly conventional, leveled playing-field approach to interpreting the Bible marginalizes Jesus as the Word of God from the scriptures, because it views all supernatural and human interaction recorded in the biblical narrative stories as mere legend and myth.

A skeptical, humanistic interpretation views the Bible as not based in reality…but in mere human imaginative, literary invention.  Skeptical unbelief will homogenize the supernatural resurrection of Jesus out of reality, removing the redeeming salvation of the cross and the resurrection out of the reach of rational human experience.

The key question here is who is more qualified to make the determination as to the reality of God…the Spirit-born Christian who knows Jesus personally through a walk of faith, or the unbelieving skeptic having an advanced degree in sociology, anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, or history?

A central issue which is at stake here in the discovery of empirical evidence supporting intelligent design…surfacing today in the secular field of the natural sciences…is the clear identification and refutation of the philosophy of naturalism as the archenemy of the genuineness of the Bible and the biblical journey-of-faith experience.

This is occurring at a critical time in human redemptive history.  A journey of faith through the cross is the effective antidote to radical, skeptical unbelief in our modern age.

The arguably defensible component of supernaturalism contained within a biblical journey of faith, thanks in part to the complementary scientific evidence supporting intelligent design, is now a doubly-strong solvent.  This double-strength solvent can be used to dissolve the spiritually corrosive and destructive teaching of radical liberal theology, in our last-days evangelical outreach to the world.

The challenging environment of the upcoming end-times period… elevates the age-old biblical concept of picking up our cross and following Jesus to a level of importance like never before in history.  It is critical that Christians begin now to become rooted and grounded in their faith through a God-composed and orchestrated adventure-of-faith, built on the rock-solid foundation of a scriptural understanding of walking through the narrow gate of Matthew 7:13-14.

This narrow gate begins at the foot of the cross.

The Christian in the last-days needs to recognize that a biblical journey of faith is the diametric opposite of a spiritualized, New-Age, individually internalized experience that we dream up within our minds and project outward onto our own invented imaginary god.

The journey of faith concept portrayed through a God participating actively in the lives of the people of faith recorded in the Bible, is beyond the reach of human imagination and invention…because it lies outside of our conventional everyday experience.

A journey of faith following Jesus Christ is beyond our human capacity to unilaterally orchestrate within our lives.  It is at the opposite end of the spectrum from self-directed religious works leading to self-realization.

The addition of the one true God into our lives, bringing His own unique ideas as to the optimum direction we should be going in, by definition will get our vision raised above the conventionally horizontal.

Author: Barton Jahn

I worked in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have eight Christian books self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on more books on building construction.

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