What Are The Laws of Nature?
Do these examples prove there is no supernatural?
THE 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).
The topic is humanist claims 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. It is also inter-esting to note that once Bacon’s Christianity became common knowledge, humanists have been trying to credit the creation of the scientific method to anyone else, or simply to no one… it just hap-pened. Nothing… as long as a Christian does not get credit.
Let us move on and continue to address the humanist’s accusa-tions. What we have in this next one is the beginning of a list of supernatural events. Just look at the things on this list. They are all impossible. The only logical conclusion is that, since these supernat-ural events are… supernatural… they never happened.
By definition, supernatural events are events that are not natural. They are things that only God can do. Of course, they are impossible, based on the normal way things happen. That is why they are supernatural!
Supernatural events 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 chapters 39 and 40 (volume one) to learn why that is not a problem.
Every Miracle Has a Purpose
I am not going to go through all 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. Every one of these events has been documented.
I have stated that every miracle has a purpose, and I would like to demonstrate that is true. For example, why would God bring a dead man back to life when his body was thrown into Elisha’s grave?
II Kings 13:21
Elisha was one of the greatest prophets of all time. He had replaced the great prophet Elijah. However, when Elisha died there was no successor.
Verse 13:20 simply states, “So Elisha died, and they buried him.” God had made a number of promises to Jehoash through Elisha. Now Elisha was gone. People were wondering, with Elisha dead were those promises still valid? Verse 13:21 states:
And 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:
This 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.
CONCLUSION: A list of supernatural miracles, historically documented in the Bible, does not provide proof that the supernatural does not exist. It is simply a list of things God has done. Each miracle had a specific purpose, and each one demonstrates God’s power over the physical realm. God’s supernatural acts are real.
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. Click here.
THE GOOD NEWS
Before you get the good news, you need to know the bad news. It's about you. God says:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23
Sin means disobeying God, aka breaking God's law. God is perfect and perfection is required to enter heaven. It's a standard none of us can achieve. We all fall short. For example, compare yourself with just one of the Ten Commandments. Have you ever told a lie?
All liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8. Or what about:
Have you ever taken something that does not belong to you, no matter how small? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? In Matthew 5 Jesus said:
Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.' Have you done that?
You have broken God's laws. You have sinned. There must be justice, and that means eternity in hell, the lake of fire, the second death. Unless...
Unless there was someone willing to pay that penalty on your behalf. Someone who will take on themselves the consequences you deserve. And there is. There is one person who can and will do that. That person is Jesus Christ. If you trust this is true (believe), and repent (turn away from disobeying God), Jesus' death is applied to your account and you are freed from the penalty of sin to be with God forever.