The Gap of Time and Promises 2

The point here is not to suggest that human fictional writing cannot be as ingeniously inventive as the biblical narrative stories of faith…although the Joseph novella in Genesis (c. 1450 B.C.) predates Shakespeare (1600 A.D.) by roughly 3,000 years.  The contention here is that the designated point-B’s in the biblical life-scripts are so supernaturally outside of human manipulation and contrivance to resolve…so far outside of the conventional norms of self-sovereignty, self-reliance, pre-planning, and foresight…that the introduction of a faith-journey where the living God displaces us on the decision-making thrones of our lives…is beyond the contemplation of human literary invention.

The idea of the cross of Jesus Christ (Lk. 22:42; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:1-3) that would and could displace our own plans with God’s higher ways and plans…after the pattern of Abraham leaving Haran and heading off toward Canaan into a new and novel journey-of-faith through the calling of God…will not be found in any literature or thinking in any of the great human fiction writers…or in any other religions, philosophies, or worldviews outside of the Bible.

There is no plausible explanation for the capacity of mere material particles and energy to come up with the complexity and sophistication underlying the amazing dichotomy of these two opposing directions to choose from…a journey of self or a journey of faith…at the very core of our lives.

The existence of unconventional journeys of faith…with the cross of Christ integrated into every biblical narrative storyline…argues at a fundamental level for the divine origin of the Bible and its message of liberation and salvation now and for all eternity (Jn. 8:36).

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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