“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4
The supernatural participation of God in our adventure of faith is precisely what separates and elevates the Bible above mere human inventive imagination in the world of religion. What differentiates a biblical journey of faith following Jesus Christ is that it falls outside of comparisons to conventional experience. The whole point of the modern Christian’s journey of faith in space and time is for the supernatural God to noticeably participate and intervene in the course of our lives in ways that are beyond our creative imaginations, thereby revealing His true nature to us. In a game of catch with a baseball with the God of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, God not only catches the ball and throws it back, but He creatively invents a unique game of “pickle” or “over-the-line,” or throws us “grounders” or “fly-balls” to match our individual talents but also to pinpoint aspects of the game we need more work on.
By definition, a biblical, supernaturally guided adventure of faith is not analogous to a worldly conventional, self-directed, God-less life. Radically liberal biblical critics today cannot accurately determine the probabilities of the reliability and truthfulness of the occurrences of biblical events using analogy to conventional human experience, because there is no correlation between everyday life and the supernatural participation of God in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, or Peter, for example. When conventional-life humanistic and social science comparisons are used as the only “empirically” valid tool to interpret the Bible, this misses the point on a fundamental level. When the Bible is included in comparative religious studies, without exception the uniquely biblical experience of a journey of faith is absent from the discussion, because there is no equivalent comparison found in other religions or in commonplace everyday life.
The central theme in the Bible is the re-connection of people, by means of a supernatural, unconventional relationship through the four dimensions of space and time, with God. This was the original intention for mankind before our fall into sin. Attempting to compare the uniquely biblical adventure of faith, saturated with the supernatural participation of the living God, to contemporary social science research based upon common everyday conventional life, and to other world religions falsely invented out of the imagination of man, will never lead to seeing and understanding the true nature and character of a supernatural God.
The “modern,” radically skeptical approach of unbelief applied to the interpretation of the Bible produces a Bible that is just another ordinary, run-of-the-mill religious book. Radically liberal, skeptical unbelief pulls the Bible down into a flattened, non-supernatural, leveled playing-field where it can then be more conveniently but erroneously compared to other contemporary religions in both ancient and modern times. This is one of the most clever and subtle deceptions of all time, and it carries with it the “authority” of university trained scholarship. Whatever good qualities are contained within a modern social science critique of the Bible, removing the supernatural element out of the Bible as a working hypothesis changes the biblical literary document into something it is not. A humanistic, naturalistic, modern “scientific” approach to biblical interpretation homogenizes out the vital supernatural element that makes God and the Bible unique and full of life.