Science and the Bible

If God is God, can’t He do what appears to us to be impossible? It seems to me, any thinking person who believes God is all powerful and raised Jesus from the dead, would have no problem believing He also allowed Jesus to walk on water before He was resurrected to His glorified body. And that He fed five thousand men plus an un-numbered sum of women with a few loaves of bread and a couple fish. That He stopped a raging storm with a word. That He restored a blind man’s eyesight and raised a dead man to life.

Some might say, well, that was Jesus. Of course He could do those things. But the Old Testament stuff—you know, the miracle bread feeding six hundred thousand people for forty years or the non-flying version of Superman named Samson or the tall tale about an angel closing the mouth of hungry lions or brave young believers withstanding a fiery furnace when they wouldn’t bow to an idol or the sun standing still for a day. All that stuff is, well, not possible.

Not possible. Unless God, who can do the impossible, decided He wanted to do it. That’s all it takes to believe in the miraculous—a realization that God is Who He says He is: almighty. All might resides in Him. All power. That means He is not limited by anything outside Himself. That means He is not limited by His own creation.

So looking at creation and declaring, That could never happen, says nothing about God because He transcends creation. He, in fact, is the one who sustains creation:

In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.
– Heb. 1:2-31 (emphasis mine)

For He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
– Col. 1:17 (emphasis mine)

The idea that He set things in motion, then stepped back and let it unfold, may be how we perceive things, but there is no Scriptural indication this is the way the world works. Science claims it is so, but in order to get there, many scientists discount the walking on water, sun standing still, and raging river stopping in midstream.

It’s much easier to say science is the best evidence of the way things work if at first you declare that contradictory Bible stories are myth. But to get to that place, a person also has to discount God’s omnipotence.

For a particularly interesting series on evolution, see novelist and one-time biology major Karen Hancock’s posts, starting with this one (and for her personal testimony, read Evolution and Me).

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm  Comments (7)  
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