My family expectantly waits every week for the next History Channel’s Oak Island episode. It has become a Wednesday night ritual (because we buy it from Amazon we get it a day later). I have wondered why this series is so popular (especially with guys) but seeing as it hits a major Biblical theme and archetype it is easy to see why.
There is something inside every one of us that is drawn to hidden treasure.
The Kingdom of God (and God Himself) is hidden for everyone individually. You must seek for it (Him) yourself to find it. For it to have any value personally you need to look for it. God reveals Himself to those who search for Him.
‘Ask, Seek, Knock and the door will be opened’
It is not just a dogma where you believe in A, B and C and then you get the treasure. The treasure is revealed only if you search.
This is why so many people are disillusioned with religious belief. They see it as something to learn or follow rather than as something to explore and seek out. It is a great adventure and its archetypes and symbols are everywhere and in everything.
Faith vs. Science
The two brothers, Marty and Rick Lagina, are the opposite extremes. Marty is skeptical (“not a believer”), scientific, the money of the operation. His brother Rick is the soul, the older brother, the dreamer.
If the treasure is to be found it will probably be found using science but it will also be found because of the tenacity of faith. Without faith the whole enterprise (drill rigs, divers, etc) would not have been there. There is not enough ‘sure’ evidence that the treasure exists but there is enough to have faith that it is there and searching for it is a reasonable endeavor.
There are hints along the way – pottery from 190 feet below the surface, coins from the 18th century spread about. Not unlike ‘miracles’ and religious experiences that leave a trail for the faithful to say ‘look see‘ and the skeptical to go ‘well there must be an explanation‘ but at the same time these hints might make them possibly start to doubt their doubt.
Will they find the treasure? Who knows but it is an exciting adventure and a great example of how faith and skepticism can come together by the love of the two brothers. I for one am a believer.