Natural or Supernatural?

image015

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV

Atheists want to remove God’s glory from everything. They would forbid God to show Himself in anything. And they assume that just because something can be explained in natural terms, then God can be excluded from it.

We are not thinking about “supernatural” in the correct way! Supernatural is not separated from what is natural. Supernatural Beings are not excluded from this world. And it is evident from scripture that natural things are also part of heaven: trees, animals, people, gold, water and precious stones are all mentioned as being part of our future heavenly home.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

The earth could be billions of years old as scientists say; because apparently it was here for awhile before God decided to fix it up.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2 NIV

Genesis says that our world was formless and empty: meaning that it was empty of any living creatures. There was a lot of water here, so the first thing the Spirit of God did was to hover over the waters and consider what He wanted to do.

Then, in Genesis 1:3, God begins to create life on Earth. God began to arrange what was here, to His liking. He arranged the waters, and then he arranged the sun, moon and stars so this special little blue planet would have everything it needed for warmth and light.

And so we see that what is natural is used by what is supernatural. This is the way God does things. The idea that natural things are not from God is a heathen idea in every respect. Just because something can be explained in natural terms does not mean that God didn’t have a hand in it!

If we really want to think outside the box, then maybe God pulled some things from his supernatural realm into ours, using a bit of this and a bit of that as he needed it. Maybe God pulled some of heaven into earth, calling it to come to Himself from the supernatural place into the natural, temporal place. Perhaps the natural world is made of supernatural pieces and parts!

I’m not trying to mess with your heads: if God is supernatural then we’ve got to be more open-minded about how God operates. We need to think bigger and better than our own puny experience.

I have always enjoyed the night sky with its stars, and the changing moon with all its glory. Some people want to think that the moon belongs to Satan worshippers, but that’s not true because when God created the sun, moon and stars; God declared that they were GOOD.  And later, in the psalms, God speaks of the moon as his “faithful witness in the sky.”

Some people want to say that certain holidays, certain days belong to the devil; but that’s not true because when God finished the seven days of creation, God declared that they were GOOD. Every single day belongs to God and always did. We can celebrate God every day of the week, month and year because God is glorified in each one of them. And, God gives each day to us as a gift; to see what we will do with it.

All of earth and heaven is His Creation: God’s influence is evident all around us. Those who think they can escape God or eliminate God from any part of this earth are deluding themselves.

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Psalm 14:1 AKJV

We Are Not Supernatural – Yet

It is not the natural world that can be trusted to endure and support us forever! God has already told us that our natural world is temporary and it will come to an end. If we desire assurance of what is durable and eternal, then we must put our trust in God’s plan for mankind.

We think there is a distinct separation between “natural” and “supernatural”, and for us puny human earthlings, there is separation. But it does not work the other way around. Supernatural beings are not inhibited by the veil that shelters us. We think that we’re not part of that other world or that other place: but we are very much a part of it. Angels and demons and humans who have already passed over (died) … they are all watching to see how we are managing our lives.

The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” -WEB

Not only does this verse tell us that our lives are of great interest to eternal beings, but this verse also tells us what we should do about it! We should not waste our time with the sins of earthly pleasures, but should focus on the eternal destiny that God has set in front of each of us.

We are very young spirits, still in the womb of mother earth, and not yet born to our true life and our true destiny. Sometimes we can see a little bit of the spiritual life outside this “natural” womb, and sometimes we can even hear it. But mostly our existence is within the confines of this round nurturing world of ours.

“Our God is an intentional God, brimming over with purpose, infusing meaning into everything around us. He has sprinkled earth with calling cards of His presence and purpose…”
– Joni Eareckson Tada, from “Pearls of Great Price.” (Used with permission by the author.)

Our life has a purpose beyond our current life as we know it: we are called by God to be more than we are, to think beyond ourselves, and to be willing to embrace God’s plan for our lives. There is a marvelous, wonderful reward waiting for those who acknowledge God and walk with Him.

image016

God Works With Nothing

I’m sure the angels laugh at the demands of mockers and unbelievers; “Frail, fragile mortals require proof? And they demand such proof on their terms?”

Why should immortal beings condescend to such foolish demands? They ignore people who demand proof of God; they won’t stoop to such blasphemy.

The angels were there when God called matter into being. From nothingness, they watched God create the universe just by saying so. This is power that we can’t imagine. And to measure such power by any “natural” ruler that we know of would be impossible.

Scientists think that all matter exploded out of a big bang (which still doesn’t tell us where that immense amount of matter actually originated from.) But the Bible does tell us! The Bible says that all matter flowed from the mouth of God. It didn’t happen through a violent explosion of a central core in the universe, but through an orderly procession of glorious, creative words.

Yes, it’s quite possible that all matter came from a central location, but that location was the Person of the Living God. And it didn’t explode; it flowed as God spoke all of it into being. Some Scientists believe that all matter might be based on sound waves, so there is even some relevant Science to that effect.

No matter how it happened: the Bible tells us that God made something out of nothing much. And, He did it with planning, intelligence and a considerable amount of care.

And if you think that you’re nothing much, then God wants you to know that you’re exactly the kind of material He enjoys working with:

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” I Corinthians 1:26-31