The Delicate Balance between Belief and Unbelief 2

What should jump-out at us…is that after 160 years of the most intensive scientific research of the natural world…for answers regarding the fundamental reality of purpose and meaning in the universe…that in the scientific field of studying biological life…we have reached a philosophical/interpretation stand-off in which the raw empirical facts…on their own…can point neutrally in either of the two directions of creation or evolution…resolved only at this late stage in the debate…at this mature point in the Scientific Revolution…by our worldview bias of theism or atheism.

One contention of this book is that this stalemate between two polar opposite views…of fiat creation by an intelligent designer God…or random-chance, evolutionary, step-by-step assemblage by accident through entirely naturalistic means…is by the deliberate intention and premeditated foresight of God.

The introduction of the innovative concept in 1859 in Darwin’s The Origin of Species…asserts that the source for the origin of species and the diversity of life could be a blind, mindless, unguided, indifferent, random-chance, trial-and-error process of small, cumulative, incremental accidents…spread-out over such long periods of time that these changes would be unnoticeable and unobservable during one human lifetime.

That this innovative Darwinian concept…after years of scientific investigation…was destined eventually to run head-on into a philosophical stalemate over the empirical facts producing two polar opposite viewpoints…itself makes the deeply profound case that naturalistic materialism could never be the source-of-origin for this incompatible dichotomy of contrasting viewpoints…intelligently designed fiat creation versus the macroevolution of common descent…as far apart as is imaginable…which surprisingly introduces the new concept of the transcendent existence and quality of a delicate balance between belief and unbelief.

Darwinists look at the anatomical and molecular similarities between the other primates as a group…apes, chimpanzees, and the wide assortment of varied monkeys…and human beings…and see only common descent.

I look at the other primates and human beings…and see a gulf as wide as the Grand Canyon…in terms of the capacity for intellectual and moral reasoning…in terms of unique and different lifestyle habits…that is unbridgeable by the current Darwinian narrative.

This little-known and possibly new concept…that I have termed the delicate balance between belief and unbelief…has been in operation for thousands of years…keeping the open-option available in the decision-making zone regarding the direction of our lives…to be able to choose the route of autonomous individualism…of going our own way in self-sovereignty apart from God…of sitting on the thrones of our lives as junior gods…which is the root of a viable atheism…is the root of the worldview philosophy of humanism…and is the root of a worldly compromised “religious” faith.

These unresolvable differences of opinion at the nuts-and-bolts level in the creation/evolution debate…after 160 years arbitrated only by own worldview bias…exhibits a stalemate that itself pushes-out into the open the correct yet partially hidden answer…waiting to be identified and discovered by humans…that this finely-balanced stalemate could not possibly be the product of a fundamental reality based upon the naturalistic materialism approach that by definition is limited to admitting as valid only that which we can observe, measure, and quantify.

The intricate complexity of arranging hundreds of trillions of different cell-types to create an African elephant…the quantity of the highly specified, instructional information content of DNA that constructs proteins inside living cells…the 40-plus finely-tuned constants contained in the mathematical equations of physics that enables complex life like ourselves to exist in our universe…and the 20-plus conditions regarding our planet earth that make it habitable for the diverse ecologies that define this earth as a privileged planet…these are general arguments…conclusions drawn and inferred from the scientific fact-based evidence…that renders absurd the notion that design should be excluded from the calculus…in the broader search for answers to the fundamental reality of the purpose of our existence.

But for the Darwinists…the nuts-and-bolts evidence that supports their view of common descent…is based upon the same fossil record, the relational similarities between organisms, embryology, vestigial structures, biogeography, and molecular evidence.

There is an ancient question in Christianity: “Why doesn’t God write in large, fiery-flaming letters in the sky that He is the real God…and to worship only Him?”

A similarly profound question can be asked: “Why didn’t Jesus in the first week following His resurrection…walk down the middle of Main Street in Jerusalem and straight into the Temple…demonstrating as objective empirical evidence that He is the divine Son of God, the Messiah, and the Passover Lamb of God atoning sacrifice for mankind’s sins?”

From the Christian viewpoint…the appearances of the resurrected Jesus were finely-tuned and balanced to empower and fuel the rock-solid conviction of the apostles to testify courageously of their eye-witness accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ…to appear to just enough number of people after His resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-8)…to plant the seeds for the explosive growth of Christianity in the first-century in our modern era.

Yet at the same time the resurrection appearances of Jesus were calculated and moderated…finely-tuned and balanced…so as to leave open the option for the Pharisees, Sadducees, lawyers, scribes, and many of the common people in Israel to continue to exercise unbelief in Jesus as their messiah…to brilliantly confine and limit faith in Jesus Christ as King and Savior…to the personal relationship zone of free-will choice to enter into a journey of faith as patterned by the biblical narrative stories of faith.

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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