Atheists and critical skeptics of the Bible assert that the biblical stories of faith are fiction…are part myth and part literary imagination…primarily because they run contrary to the philosophy of naturalism which excludes the miraculous…a paradigm in recent past history that was predominant in philosophy but now is greatly reduced and moderated by the theistic implications of the scientific discovery of the Big Bang, DNA, and the Cambrian Explosion…the near instant (as far as we can tell) introduction of complex information…inexplicable by gradualistic natural processes alone.
The big question here is how would a concept so totally contrary to our other innate, natural tendency to go our own way…to do things our way…to be independent, autonomous self-rulers…ever get started? What within the closed-system of worldly conventional life that we observe and experience every day…could and would introduce this second side of our nature that brings to life this novel and innovative game-plan of a journey of faith?
As Abraham the biblical “father of faith” travels from the city of Haran to the Promised Land of Canaan…with each step he takes God is displacing whatever normative life Abraham would have lived in Haran according to its culture and conventions…with a life-script containing the critically new element of faith in God…a life-script Abraham would never have imagined in his wildest dreams.
And with each step Abraham takes towards Canaan and away from Haran…the non-theistic starting hypothesis that this story is human invented fiction…that God does not exist and therefore could not have spoken to Abraham…is a door that is closed by reason of the sheer novelty of the setting aside of autonomous self-sovereignty…that this storyline introduces.
The initiative here…as in every narrative story of faith in the Bible…is with God. People of faith in the Bible react to God’s enlistment of them into a scheme of events and circumstances that stretch them…in terms of a relationship with God and in self-sacrificing service to others… far beyond anything they could have invented or contrived.
The origin of this concept…along with the concept itself…is supernatural. The concept of the cross of Christ (Lk. 22:42) embedded within the life-script of people…starting with Abraham…that exposes our innate capacity to follow God into a walk of faith…is inexplicable within the non-theistic philosophies of materialism and naturalism.