God has our back in a crisis. The only way we would know this is by actual experience…by being in the middle of a shooting war.
This has to be true…because it cannot be fiction. It does not hold up as fiction. Once it rises to the level of becoming recorded in writing…put down on paper…it enters the arena of being testable.
David’s 23rd Psalm is true because it cannot be fiction. Once David writes about walking through the valley of the shadow of death with God at his side…then fiction-writing becomes nonsensical…because the concept of the living God participating in our lives to this extent…at the center of our life-scripts…is too far outside of the default, conventional worldview thinking of sitting atop the thrones of our lives in self-sovereignty.
What would be the point of making this Psalm 23 up? Following God would not hold water for any period of time within actual lived experience…unless God is real…and that we can experience His active participation in our lives.
This is the root of what was so threatening to the religious leaders in Jerusalem in the first-century that led to crucifying Jesus Christ. This is part of the “mystery” of iniquity…the conflict between self-sovereignty and God-sovereignty in our lives that produced the cross, the resurrection, and our salvation.
The risk factor involved in walking through a genuine journey of faith following the living God…is itself powerful and persuasive evidence that supports the divine origin of the Bible…because as fiction it cannot and would not exist for any length of time. Minutes, hours, or days of actual tested experience would quickly expose this concept as empty fantasy.
If God is “not home,” His brilliantly imaginative solutions that soar above human creativity and invention…would not only be inaccessible…they would be outside of human conception and contemplation altogether. Someone inventing the 23rd Psalm…as fiction writing…has no motivational or conceptual legs…it does not take us anywhere within worldly conventional normalcy and thinking. It is inconceivable to the person committed to following their own way according to self-rulership.
This should be a clear red flag to anyone involved in the debate over the existence of God. The fundamental first question…like the Big Bang, the Cambrian Explosion, and DNA…is what or who is the source of the completely novel and innovative alternative worldview of a God-composed journey of faith life-script starting with the life of Abraham…continued through all the narrative stories of faith containing the cross of Christ (Lk. 22:42) down to the Christian experience in our modern times…that is so utterly contrary to the conventionally accepted life-approach of going our own way in self-direction and self-autonomy.
In modern speech…a biblical-quality adventure of faith…if fiction…if false…then it would have no “there there.” It would be without substance.
If there is no active engagement between God and people…then there is nothing to write about. This is why God-composed adventure of faith life-scripts are not found to exist in other religions, philosophies, and worldviews. This is why adventures of faith fall outside and above the zone of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.
This is a plausible apologetic argument for biblical Christianity that is never raised by atheists and skeptical critics…because they cannot even see it.
It can only be raised by Spirit-born and led Christians who have been in the danger zone of faith in a “shooting war” that has consequences in life…because people personally led and taught of God are the only people on the planet aware of this reality.
The idea that a God-scripted life-plan is so far outside of conventional thinking…is itself a compelling and persuasive argument for the truth of its existence…because it is inexplicable as human invented fiction.
If Christians do not see the unconventional cross of Christ skillfully embedded within the script of every biblical narrative story of faith…because they have not experienced God having our back in a crisis…then this positive and compelling apologetic argument for the divine origin of an adventure of faith…completely unknown outside of the Bible…will not be made.
It will be missed in the competing marketplace of ideas.