Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Scientific Explanations for Miracles?

I've been watching a show on Netflix about mysteries in the Bible.  I knew when I first clicked on it that it would be controversial and would probably make me mad; nevertheless, I was interested in what they had to say.  One thing that I do like about the show is that their "experts" are both Christian and non-Christian, so to a degree, the show covers both sides of any given topic.

What amazes me, however, is the lengths that these people go to in order to dispute the Bible or explain away the miracles.  For example, one "expert" claims that the power contained within the ark of the covenant that struck down Aaron's sons and Uzzah was nothing more than static electricity that had built up as the wool covering rubbed against the side of the ark.  Seriously?  Oh, and get this one.  The parting of the Red Sea, they claim, was probably a result of a tsunami that created a gully long enough for the children of Israel to pass through then the water crashed down upon the Egyptians.  Are you for real?  Also, according to some of these "experts," the ten plagues of Egypt can logically be linked together, including the death of the firstborn which, they claim, was probably the result of disease from the food.  Okay, whatever!

The crazy part was that all of these theories that they claimed as facts had serious problems, the main one being the timing of each event.  I mean, what are the chances that the ark would create static electricity at just the right time to punish Aaron's sons and Uzzah for their disobedience?  And how convenient that the tsunami at the Red Sea timed out perfectly that all of Israel was able to cross and all of the Egyptian army was destroyed.  As for the death of the firstborn, their only proof as to why the spoiled food caused those deaths and not others (including those of Israel) was that the Egyptians gave their firstborn children a double portion of food; therefore, they were poisoned faster.  Sure, and that's not stretching it a bit at all, now is it?  (Note the sarcasm!)

The fact is that these events were miracles, and miracles cannot be explained away.  Science cannot identify how or why a miracle happened like it did when it did.  God works beyond the limits of science, or at least our understanding of it.  And no matter how hard man tries to explain away the miracles of God, the fact remains that God is almighty and can do things that are inconceivable to the minds of men.  There are no explanations.  After all, God doesn't ask us to trust in His explanations; He asks us to trust in Him.  He doesn't have to explain Himself or His actions, and when men try to explain the miracles away, they only show how ignorant they truly are.

There are things in this world that we simply cannot understand, but that's okay.  We don't have to understand; God does.  All we need to do is trust that His Word, and everything contained within, is true.  As for science, well, it's a good thing, and it has helped us to understand many things in this world.  However, science never has and never will be able to explain God.  He is indescribable and unexplainable.  But He is my God, and I choose to trust Him.  How about you?

For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. - Romans 11:34-36



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