If the limits of reality are defined by and confined to worldly conventional normalcy…then there is no story of Abraham…it does not…it cannot exist.
This is like the mathematical constants of the Anthropic Principle…that the equations that explain the fundamental properties in physics…are so tightly fine-tuned for complex life like ourselves to exist…that they reasonably and rationally fall outside of the realm of random chance causation.
Many physicists now accept the necessity of an intelligent designer in their scientific paradigm…due to the implausibility of a “random chance search strategy’ ever producing the fine-tuned constants in the cosmos and at the atomic level that have crafted the natural world we understand much better today through modern science.
Whether or not these physicists accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is another step forward from admitting the need for intelligent design to adequately explain the presence of these mathematical constants…along with the remarkable reality of the orderliness and intelligibility of the natural world accessible to human intellect.
The limits and confines of worldly conventional normalcy is all that atheists, agnostics, and radical skeptics recognize as real.
But this is actually an indirect validation and confirmation of the divine origin of narrative stories of faith in the Bible. This is an indirect confirmation that biblical faith is divinely initiated.
If all of the criticisms and denunciations of religion by atheists and skeptics…of conflicts, wars, persecutions, divisions, suffering, the existence of evil, incomprehensible purposes, and the vast differences between religions and gods…if all of this falls within the broad range of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking as the outer limits of reason and reality…this then makes a compelling and almost irrefutable argument that non-divine, purely humanistic literary talent could not nor would not invent the novel idea of biblical faith wherein God displaces our ways with His higher ways…all tightly fine-tuned with the “mathematical constant” of the cross of Jesus Christ.
That over forty authors…writing during a 1,500-year period…could all compose in a number of varied genres and geographical locations a consistent and integrated message…the Old and New Testaments of the Bible…that features the cross of Christ that displaces the normative life Abraham would have lived in Haran with a new life featuring biblical faith in the Promise Land of Canaan…a theme repeated in every narrative story of faith in the Bible…is a reality that radical skeptics and atheists cannot even see and recognize…because this falls above and outside of the zone of worldly conventional normalcy.
Removing the clearly supernatural elements like the parting of the Red Sea or Joshua bringing down the walls of Jericho, in a prejudicial and hopeless attempt to homogenize these stories down into the realm of worldly conventional normalcy…does not explain the gap…the space…that occurs in a God-composed journey of faith that inserts some goal or promise that is beyond humanistic means to fulfill.
The invention of a God-composed journey of faith life-script in the Bible…having as its main root feature the displacing of worldly conventional normalcy with things that are beyond human initiation or contrivance…defines a reality outside the limits of worldly conventional normalcy that incorporates the altogether unconventional, historical component of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
If this expanded reality falls outside of random chance, creative imagination and invention by humanistic literary fiction writing…this then can only be called supernatural and of divine origin…in and of itself on a stand-alone basis. Atheists and radical skeptics operating exclusively within worldly conventional normalcy and thinking cannot recognize or explain the gap element divinely invented and inserted into the life-scripts of the people of faith in the Bible.
Their criticisms of religion within the worldly conventional zone of normalcy is accurate as far as it goes…but is short-reaching and thus misleading at the most critical point…because it fails to examine the wider reality of biblical faith contained within God-composed journey of faith life-scripts…in clear black letters written on white paper…that describe goals, promises, and future outcomes that lift human experience above and outside of worldly conventional normalcy in the one…and possibly only…contrary methodological area of requiring people to step down off the thrones of their lives in repentance…placing God in charge…which is pure anathema to pride-filled, humanistic, worldly conventional thinking.