Wholeness means unhurt, healed, restored, intact, physically sound and healthy, mentally or emotionally sound, complete, entire, unbroken, uncut, concentrated, and/or the entirety of a person’s nature or development. Our understanding of wholeness comes directly from Classical Greek culture and philosophy.
Fullness of time hypothesis
The Fullness of Time Hypothesis suggests that God changed the world after the destruction of Jerusalem and subsequent diaspora of the Jews in order to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. The national covenant of Moses was abolished, Nebuchadnezzar had completed the destruction of the temple, and civilizations rose and fell. After the conquests of Alexander the Great, Hellenism (originating from Greek philosophy) became the dominant western culture and was assimilated by the Roman Empire.
Greek philosophy and learning is founded on breaking apart everything and analyzing the parts to understand how they work. Every area of knowledge has its foundations in this great fracturing. Logic and analytical thought has rules for cause and effect and tries to explain everything by these rules. Medicine tries to deal only with a specific ailment and does not consider other aspects of the whole patient. The natural world is divided up between living and non-living things, between plants and animals, and between the heavens and earth.
Religions (even Christian religions) use this fracturing to describe the parts of God and the parts of man. They say God is in three parts and that man also is in three parts. This helps explain how religion can be set apart over against secular knowledge–how even religious doctrine breaks apart the principles of salvation.
Wholeness is now contrasted over against the brokenness of things. Jesus Christ brought the world salvation through his sacrifice on the cross. This salvation provides wholeness to the whole person and to the whole of creation. Even when we think of miraculous healing, we usually think of bodily health. But our healing is for every part of us. The fullness of time teaches us this contrast between wholeness and brokenness–something never considered in the ancient world.
Wholeness, salvation and truth
The teachings of Jesus Christ focus on the whole person and show us how to live in this wholeness. Salvation includes forgiveness of our sins, complete healing for our bodies, restoration of our minds and emotions, and right standing with God so we can be with him eternally. In order to understand this magnificent salvation, we must overcome our training in Classical Greek thought and embrace a mystery that we do not understand.
When Jesus told Pontius Pilate that he came into the world to point to the truth, Pilate asked, “What is truth?”
John 18:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.
It turns out that science attempts to show us truth. But as a trained scientist and philosopher of science, I can guarantee that science never gets close to it. Where science fails, only faith can lift us up out of the mire of falsehood. If you are searching for the truth, ask God to show it to you. Jesus always pointed to himself as the way, the truth, and the life. And if Pontius Pilate had read between the lines, he also would have believed in Jesus.