Are The Laws of Nature?
Does these examples prove there is no supernatural?
CLAIMED PROBLEM: The Bible has stories about a
talking snake (Genesis 3:4-5); a tree bearing fruit which, when eaten, gives knowledge
of good and evil (Genesis 2:17; 3:5-7); another tree whose fruit bestows immortality
(Genesis 3:22); a voice coming from a burning bush (Exodus 3:4); a talking donkey
(Numbers 22:28); rods turning into serpents (Exodus 7:10-12); water changing into
blood (Exodus 7:19-22); water coming from a rock (Numbers 20:11); a dead man reviving
when his corpse touched the bones of a prophet (II Kings 13:21); and other people
rising from the dead (e.g., I Kings 17:21-22; II Kings 4:32-35; Acts 9:37-40).
We are talking about the humanist
claims that the Bible is inconsistent with the laws of nature, and that it
discourages a scientific approach to problems. These are interesting claims, since
it was a Christian, Francis Bacon, who invented the modern scientific method.
I learned that back in high school science. But, its also interesting to
see that since Bacons Christianity has become widely know, humanists have
been trying to credit the creation of the scientific method to anyone else, or
in some case to no one
it just sort of happened. Anything so that Christian
does not get credit!
What we now have here is simply a list of supernatural
events. The humanists do not say why they are listing these events, but I
assume it is to show that the supernatural is impossible. After all, just look
at the things on this list. They are all impossible. The only logical conclusion
is that, since these supernatural things are impossible, there must not be anything
But, by definition the supernatural are things
that only God can do. Of course they are impossible, based on the normal way
things happen. That is why they are called supernatural.
are unique events that God, for specific reasons, causes to happen. Since God
is the source of all natural laws and is the one who sustains the
natural laws, He can also cause exceptions to those natural laws.
If you have not read them, please read the previous
two pages to learn why that is not a problem.
Every Miracle Has a
Im not going to go through the entire list of the miracles
listed by the humanist. Instead of accomplishing the humanist objective of showing
there is no such thing as the supernatural, this list demonstrates the supernatural
is real, and God is powerful and in control.
I have stated that every miracle
has a purpose, and Id like to demonstrate that is true. For example, why
would God bring a dead man back to life when his body was thrown into Elishas
grave? Did Elisha's bones have supernatural power? (No, they didn't.)
Dead Man Reviving When His Corpse Touch the Bones of a Prophet (II Kings 13:21)
Elisha was one of the greatest prophets of all time. He had replaced the great
prophet Elijah. But, when Elisha died there was no successor.
simply states, So Elisha died, and they buried him. God had made a
number of promises to Jehoash through Elisha. But now Elisha was gone. Were those
promises still valid? Verse 13:21 states:
as a man was being buried, behold a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown
into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha,
he revived and stood on his feet.
The notes in the John MacArthur
ESV Study Bible explain why this happened:
miracle was a sign that Gods power continued to work in relationship to
Elisha even after his death. What God had promised to Johoash through Elisha when
he was alive would surely come to pass after the prophets death.
A list of supernatural miracles does not provide proof that the supernatural does
not exist. It only produces a circular argument. Gods supernatural acts
are real, and each one had an important purpose.
NEXT ACCUSATIONS: The humanist
go on to add more examples. They write: There are also
accounts of the sun standing still (Joshua 10:13); the parting of a sea (Exodus
14:21-22); iron floating (II Kings 6:5-6); the suns shadow going back ten
degrees (II Kings 20:9-11); a witch bringing the ghost of Samuel back from the
dead (I Samuel 28:3-15); disembodied fingers writing on a wall (Daniel 5:5); a
man living for three days and nights in the belly of a fish (Jonah 1:17); people
walking on water (Matthew 14:26-29); a virgin impregnated by God (Matthew 1:20);
a pool of water that can cure ailments of those who dip in it (John 5:2-4); and
angels and demons influencing earthly affairs (e.g., Acts 5:19; Luke 11:24-26).
So we have more examples proving the supernatural is real. Well talk about
these on the next page.