His Amazing Rescue Plan
Why are we here?
Mysteries of life and the universe endure! We seek to understand our purpose…why are we here? How did we get here? Where are we going?
From birth, we seem to be wired to seek our God, our creator. Why? We create and worship gods from precious metals and stone, from nature, from the imaginings of men and from within our own minds. We seek relationship with a greater being than ourselves. We seek the peace and security from a love we cannot find in humanity…a genuine eternal love.
Unable to find what we seek, we often turn to the science and artifacts of man. We delude ourselves with alcohol, drugs, sex, technology, our work, our families, our spouse and money. Our hearts grow weary and cold as we try to fill that hole with anything that brings even a temporary sense of love and belonging. And when these temporary trappings of life are gone or lose their effect, another piece of our human heart shrivels and dies.
Are we hard-wired to seek God?
A psychiatrist’s view
Whether we are hard-wired to seek God is one of those mysteries that has spawned a relatively new scientific field called neurotheology. According to Dr. Rene J. Muller:
“Among the limbic structures that have been associated with religious belief, the most frequently credited are the hypothalamus, amygdala, and hippocampus. Neurotheologians point to changes in functional MRI scans in these areas as research subjects engage in religious meditation. They reason that if thinking about God changes the way the brain works, there must be some inherent neural imperative to believe in God in the first place.”Neurotheology: Are We Hardwired for God?
May 1, 2008
René J. Muller, PhD
Psychiatric Times, Psychiatric Times Vol 25 No 6, Volume 25, Issue 6
A geneticist’s view
Geneticist Dean Hamer, proposed that humanity is indeed hardwired to seek God in his 2004 book called The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes. His hypothesis is briefly explained and reviewed by the scientific and religious community here.
Luke’s view (author of the Gospel of Luke)
Through His messenger, Luke, God himself tells us:
26From one man he made all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28For in him, we live and move and have our being….Acts 17:26-28, NIV Study Bible (2011).
Why did God create us?
As if creating an entire universe to support a life-sustaining world for us, doesn’t answer that question! His extraordinary actions, spanning more than 6,000 Earth years, post-creation, demonstrate beyond measure, that he created us to be in an intimate and loving relationship with Him. We are his children… ALL of us!
So, what is the central theme of the Bible?
I began my Biblical study by trying to get my arms around the central theme of the Bible. The volume of opinions about the central theme turned out to be as dizzying as the choice of a church among more than 41,000 denominations! Some take issue with this number saying it’s more like 200 – 3,100. Still…one God, one message…right? Just saying.
“…there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organisations in the world today.”Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC)
at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
The central theme of the Bible is described as:
- The display of God’s glory.
- That God is restoring the world to His original design through Jesus Christ.
- The kingdom of God.
- God’s great plan of redemption.
- And many more!
In my doctoral research (2012 – 2017), I selected a qualitative research method called Grounded Theory to answer my research questions about how to derive a framework for a digital sandbox that could be used to holistically conceptualize continually innovative digital services. This research method leveraged more than three decades of practical work in the field of data/information technology.
Upon becoming a Christian on March 8, 2018, I began to read and study the Bible – fanatically. Having a deep-seated mistrust of anything constructed by man, I needed to make sure that I understood the requirements for entry to heaven! The scriptures seemed disconnected from any central theme, leaving me to ponder why all 66 books were inluded when it seemed the Gospels would have been adequate if the central theme were salvation, as I’d been led to believe by numerous people.
Early in my ‘saved state’, the Holy Spirit planted the idea that the Bible told a story – the HARP story, and left me to figure it out on my own. I needed to know! How could I tell others about Christ and the Bible if I didn’t even know the story myself?
Although I did not conduct a formal grounded theory study of the Biblical data, after swimming in Biblical data for 5,000+ hours, a central theme began to emerge. After three years I can say with confidence:
The central theme of the Bible is the story of God’s enduring relationship with his rebellious, disobedient and obnoxious children.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, this central theme quickly unfolded as the beautiful story of His Amazing Rescue Plan (HARP) – a cornerstone of the MoON TUG Village.
As shown in the following diagram, from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22, the Bible tells the three-part story of God’s amazing 6,000+ year plan to rescue His children from the bondage of sin, to reconcile us to His Kingdom and to restore the intimate relationship He intended for us!