The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God, yet Abraham not only pleased God, he was called God’s friend because of said faith (Hebrews 11:1-8, Romans 4:1-3, James 2:23). However, what is often overlooked in Abraham’s story is that he executed his faith in the middle of a pagan world. God called Abraham out of a polytheistic culture and Abraham listened and obeyed. Why?
One could argue that Abraham believed God because God first revealed himself. God showed up.
There was no Mosaic law, no prophetic voice, and certainly no church or scripture by which Abraham could have based his beliefs in. The same argument could be made for Noah. Noah and Abraham received revelation from God and they acted upon that revelation. Without revelation, people perish (Proverbs 29:18). If God does not show up the story has a different outcome. Revelation is not only important for those who have put their faith in the one true God; it also plays a critical role in the life of the non-believer. According to the Apostle Paul, God has already revealed himself to the pagan apart from the scripture. Yet, they choose to ignore or reject that revelation (Romans 1:18-32). God reveals himself to the world through love, through creation, through our bodies, which are fearfully and wonderfully made, and through his written word. However, there is a greater revelation than any of those things.
The primary mission of the Church is to point people to the reality that God has indeed revealed Himself to mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-4). Without this vital revelation, we are doomed.
Christian, this is the good news: God has shown up.