Timeless Foresight Needs Explaining 2

Darwinian macroevolution assumes…by definition…zero intelligent design through foresight…no architectural and engineering design through premeditated forethought…because to allow design into the mix also invites a supernatural God into human scientific investigation…which is anathema to the materialistic worldview.

Yet the one and only area in human experience where we do exercise extremely accurate, pinpoint timeless foresight…is in the design and assembly of complex systems…in manufactured products…in computer software applications…in the construction of commercial buildings and residential houses…and in storyline scripts for movies, television, and fiction and non-fiction books…for examples.

People are by nature prolific intelligent designers…and can see ahead in time to visualize the final outcomes of human created things.

How does this square with Darwin’s tree-of-life based upon common descent…linked by an unbroken hypothetical chain of ancestors…when in-the-moment animal instinct shows no signs whatsoever of being able to go beyond the strict limitations of time…shows no capacity to step-up into the cognitive, creative freedom of timeless foresight.

Bee hives, beaver dams, and spider webs are produced by instinct…not by deliberative, free-thinking, creative contemplation.

This creates a huge gap between human beings and the rest of the natural living world…a gap that is unbridgeable by materialistic processes…by any stretch of the imagination.

Human beings can design and manufacture an automobile…a physically tangible thing… that functionally operates for years and often for hundreds of thousands of miles of driving…using the future-looking vision of timeless foresight and foreknowledge.

But a young man and woman…getting married at age 20…cannot see ten or twenty years ahead into the future…of either the husband or the wife or both…entering into extra-marital affairs…sadly and tragically ending the marriage.

We cannot foresee our kids going off to college and falling-in with the wrong crowd…becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs.

We cannot see into our future…contracting a deadly disease that takes our life before reaching the age of 40 or 50.

There is an old axiom that applies here: “If we don’t know where we are going…then any road will take us there.”

We know precisely where we want to go when we design an automobile, a new house, or a computer software application.  We know where we want to go when we start-out to write a murder mystery, biography, or technical book.

But the capacity for timeless foresight for human beings stops at a certain point…and this is another area that argues for the participation of an intelligent designer God…and for the over-the-top brilliance of creative imagination in terms of intent and impact…in the targeted crafting of the dimension of time in service to mankind.

Time as we currently know it…creates the singularly unique context for the exploration and discovery of a fuller understanding of good and evil…which would not be possible if the other two legs of the three-legged stool were added…of timeless foresight and absolute goodness.

I do not think an answer to the question of why God cannot create human beings who possess divine timeless foresight and foreknowledge…and possess the divine attribute of absolute moral perfection…exists in this present world.  This might involve the impossibly unachievable goal of creating billions of junior level, divine gods…like the impossibility of creating square circles, or one-ended sticks, or married bachelors, or making two-plus-two equal five.

But only premeditated intention…the thoughtful choice-making between multiple possible realities…could produce something as well-defined…having a targeted function…as precise as “time.”

Trial-and-error, hit-and-miss, accidental dumb-luck, fall-into-place on its own, or some form of directional self-assembly…could not plausibly be the explanation for the fine-tuned essence of time.

Time is an intelligently designed thing…a created reality for a definite purpose.

 

The biblical narrative stories of faith simply cannot happen if people possess timeless foresight.

God created time…not having the feature of divinely timeless foresight…to enable people to enter into a personal relationship with God that actualizes through highly specified events and circumstances spread-out over time…which would otherwise not be possible within the split-second durations of timeless foresight.

Hebrews 11:1 in the New Testament defines biblical faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Because God’s personal participation adds the two missing ingredients of timeless foresight and absolute goodness into the life-scripts He writes for the biblical narrative stories of faith…and for walks of faith for today’s Spirit-led Christians…this further explains the meaning of Hebrews 11:6…”But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

This incredible feature of time…purposely lacking timeless foresight…tells us something vital about the real truth about God…that He would craft time in such a way as to enable human beings to enter into the new covenant relationship with God the Creator of the universe…every believer knowing God from the least to the greatest (Jer. 31:31-34).

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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