Timeless Foresight Needs Explaining 2

            Biblical-quality journeys of faith need the environment of time.

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

            God created time without 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, having dimensional length.

            This would otherwise not be possible within the split-second durations of timeless foresight being dimensionless.

            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.”

            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 helps explain 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 foresight and foreknowledge tells us something vital about the real Christian life. 

            It tells us that God crafted time in such a way as to enable human beings to enter into the new covenant relationship with God the Creator of the universe, of every believer knowing God from the least to the greatest (Jer. 31:31-34).

            Finally, to round-out this discussion of timeless foresight, in the biblical record God does not have three potential back-up people lined-up to fulfill the role of Abraham to be the “father of faith,” should Abraham falter. 

            God does not have a Plan B and a Plan C person to step-in should Abraham fail in his difficult and challenging calling.

            Like the heads and tails of line-segments of an illustrated flow-chart schedule of activities having definite milestone dates, the uncertainty of trial-and-error entering into the sequence of activities in the biblical narrative stories of faith starting with Abraham to Joseph to Moses to Joshua to the Israelites in Canaan, cannot allow for any additional time to accommodate for being “behind schedule.”

            God possesses the timeless foresight to know in advance that each person of faith will succeed and fulfill their calling “on time.”

            Otherwise, the incarnation of Jesus Christ might have to occur in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th century A.D., which is nonsensical.

            Like the living organisms that enter into existence having architectural body-plans and lifestyle habits that functionally fit into their unique geological eras of biodiverse and ecological environments, the architectural body-plan and lifestyle habits of the life-script for Jesus Christ must enter into existence in first-century Israel.

            The milestone dates in the biblical narrative stories of faith come and go on-time and on-schedule because God possesses divinely timeless foresight.

            This is the direct opposite of the random serendipity of trial-and-error, Darwinian evolution.

            Well-defined and highly specified purposes predominate in the short durations of human lives starting and finishing on-time in the Bible.

            This head-to-tail sequence of activities on a strict timeline schedule, not allowing for the uncertainty of trial-and-error evolution, is also consistent with the Cambrian Explosion of new animal types starting around 535 million years ago. 

            Fully formed, complex organisms appear suddenly in the fossil record with no lead-up precursors.  No transitional intermediates are found in the Precambrian rock strata that would explain the immergence of the many new architectural body-plans in an instant of geological time in the early Cambrian Period.

            This is why the fossil record over geological time exhibits new, fully-developed organisms entering suddenly, persisting mostly unchanged for a period of time called stasis, then disappearing out of the fossil record through extinction.

            The biblical narrative stories of faith are complex, specified, coherently integrated, and time-sensitive, because unguided, accidental, trial-and-error life-scripts are too serendipitous to achieve the mission-plans of God. 

            They are potentially too time-consuming if left to chance happenstance.

            The biblical narrative stories of faith are a tightly interwoven and connected series of life-scripts that do not allow for the introduction of unwanted trial-and-error wrong turns and course-corrections in their storylines, in the time-consuming reactive mode of evolutionary, progressive development.

            But the through-line theme of redemptive salvation enabling research programs into the knowledge of good and evil, is too worldly unconventional to be the product of human invented, fictional mythology.

            The biblical people of faith do not completely fall apart and fail, part-way in time into the course of their faith-journeys, requiring God to enlist new people to take their place.

            This is one more compelling piece of evidence for the divine inspiration of the Bible, of God-composed journey of faith life-scripts that could not be the product of human literary invention.

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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