One obvious yet subtle observation about the narrative stories of faith in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible…that strongly argues for their divine origin…is that God takes the initiative in calling people into their varied missions. People uncharacteristically respond to God’s enlistment into unique storyline callings…rather than the other way around. The life-script agenda of premeditated, purpose-saturated events in the biblical narrative stories of faith are proactively set by God…not engineered by the actors themselves.
This enlistment by God into the dynamic vehicle of a journey of faith…composed and introduced outside of human invention…is the diametric opposite of a worldly typical journey of self. Journeys of faith composed by God as recorded in the Bible actually displace our free-will natural tendency to stubbornly go our own way…to do things our way (Isa. 55:8-9)…with the novel alternative concept of a life-script having directed events and circumstances that now include faith and trust in God’s ways and plans…to the exclusion of our own.
By what stretch of the imagination would this be the sole product of human literary invention? Obviously we have the capacity within our human nature to respond to God and to enter into a walk of faith…otherwise there would be no narrative stories of faith in the Bible. Without the in-built, internal ability to answer the callings of God and to follow His lead into adventures of faith…there would be no biblical narrative stories about Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Ruth, Hannah, Esther, Daniel, Peter, or Paul…to name only a few.
But the fundamental question is: where did this singular capacity originate from? What brought it into real action…that it enters into the rational realm of human phenomenon to the point of being recorded in the Bible and to become a realistic, comprehendible alternative worldview instead of going our own way…if not from or by God?
All discussion of either divine or human origin in this area…rises above circular arguing when the totally unconventional element of God displacing our way in our lives with His way…is introduced into the equation.
There is no frame of reference…no known reality of experience…within worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…that could possibly inspire either a real or a literary fictional journey of faith following the leading of God.
This concept does not exist anywhere outside of the biblical narrative stories of faith or outside of the biographical stories of Christians living in the church age. It will not be found in Shakespeare, Twain, Steinbeck, Hemingway, or Agatha Christie. It is not one of the great philosophical ideas of the Enlightenment. It will not be found as a topic of discussion in world history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, or even religious studies classes in secular universities and colleges around the world.
Yet this concept…of God displacing our thoughts and life-plans with His higher thoughts and ways…starting with Abraham the “father of faith” as he walks from Haran to Canaan…is one of the most ancient, innovative, and brilliantly imaginative ideas in all of human experience.
Our capacity within human nature to follow God into a walk-of-faith life-script displacing our way with God’s way…defines two distinctly opposing worldviews that separate into the extreme opposite ends of the spectrum…with worldly conventional normalcy and thinking at the other end.