Why is the human body so amazing in controlling and maintaining balance and homeostasis? How does a particle of light or the motion of the planets follow such distinct laws that they can be defined by equations and rules? Why do atoms and molecules react and bond according to such fixed properties and patterns?
The precision of Nature’s laws that drive and govern it show that there is an intelligent mind and ingenious power not only behind it and above it, but in it all.
“Ah Lord God!behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” (Jer 21:17, 27)
God is that supernatural (above nature) being and force. Out of Him everything has come (1 Cor 8:6) and without His continual breath all life would perish (Job 34:14-15). This means that the Natural world is and continues to be because of the Supernatural (Acts 17:24-28)! It is here that the Supernatural meets the natural, but is that the same as the Supernatural meeting Science?
Science for a long time was used and seen by those with a belief in God as a way of discovering the fingerprint of God. Today, Science is defined as the method of investigating and explaining the natural world and a body of knowledge generated by this process. However, this method is limited to explaining the natural world by only natural causes.
Here lies the paradox of Science. What Science may discover of the natural world is actually, unwittingly, a taste of the Supernatural. Furthermore, what is one of Science’s greatest strengths is actually its greatest weakness! On one hand, if Science was to simply conclude, “Well that happens because God made it so”, it would stop the process of investigation that has led to many discoveries which witness to the creative genius of God. Yet on the other, it deprives Science of viewing the big picture, for it is unable to allow Supernatural causes since there is no way it can test for or control it. In short, God can’t be put in a test tube, so He must be left out. This is not due to aphilosophical position rather that is themethodology of doing Science.
Some may argue that we can test the Supernatural if and when it comes in contact with the natural word, by observing natural processes. But this flawed in a variety of ways. Firstly it limits God and binds Him by the very laws He creates and sustains. Secondly it assumes that God would have to leave a trace behinddetectable to us if and when He did act. Thirdly it assumes that we could distinguish it from the natural.
There are many scriptural examples of God working in nature undetected. In fact we would be unaware without God revealing to us that He did. This includes Creation (Gen 1-2), God sending or withholding rain (Isa 5v6), sending angels to organise the nations (Dan 10:13), sending pestilence and famine (Lev 26:25), and many others; “Stormy wind fulfilling His word” (Psa 148:8). Mankind may think that if the Supernatural comes into contact with the Natural world then we will be able to test such a hypothesis. Yet the mere fact that God has and does without Science honouring Him for it shows this to be naive at best.
Science has cleverly found many amazing details regarding natural causes in the natural world. Unfortunately this has led many to a perception that everything in life can be attributed to a natural cause. Sadly some even more arrogantly remove God altogether. Such a positionis illogical by both scripture (Rom 1:20) and observation.As something never comes from nothing, there must be something that has always been. God is above and over nature, and His ways are past finding out (Rom 11:33). So God and His works are beyond the realm of Science, and to limit God to any of them is bringing Him down to our level.
It is here that the Supernatural and Science must meet.Although Science is to be valued, the Supernatural must not be interpreted by Science’s limited scope. As we cannot give a scientific explanation of God and His power there must be a higher source of knowledge and authority regarding God and the Supernatural.
A Divine revelation superior to nature is vital to explain to man that which is outside of his limitations to ever discover or come to appreciate by mere observation. Sir Isaac Newton explains:
“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.” (1)Tiner, J. H. 1975.Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist and Teacher. Milford, MI: Mott Media. (As quoted by http://www.icr.org/article/newton/)
It is true that “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psa 19:1) and so nature is too a revelation of God. But this was said in an age when they not only lacked telescopes, they didn’t even have glasses. This is why Divine revelation will always be superior to what can be discovered by observation. Science cannot claim that the facts it discovers are equal to Divine truth revealed in the Bible because a newer discovery may change the very status quo that has been the accepted basis of scientific fact for a long time.
Also, can man ever discover “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” concerning God by observation? One of the wisest men that ever lived, who himself spent his life conducting experiments was inspired to write that it is impossible (Ecc 8:17). For this reason Science will be built on many assumptions that from man’s observation will be perceived as fact but will be incomplete and limited as we are not able to plumb the depths of natureor ask God to answer “why have you made us so?”. If God began to reveal to us how or what He does, could we even today begin to understand just a miniscule part of any of it? Again the Bible answers no (Psa 40:5). God has created the natural laws, but they confine us not Him.
This does not mean that God’s Bible is a scientific document, far from it. But what God reveals to us about anything He has done is unquestionable because He is not bound by the limitations of Science. For example, it may be impossible for Science to explain how three men can be thrown into a burning furnace and not only survive, but come out without even a scent or smell of the flames (Dan 3). Yet this does not mean it is not real historical truth because Divine revelation will always be the highest authority.
This highlights another place where the Supernatural and Science must meet. Both need to appreciate the value of the other. Despite all scripture being God inspired, and it being the highest authority, Science none the less can demonstrate the wonder of the Supernatural by what it has discovered. God’s power is evident if you look.As Sir Isaac Newton again states:“Was the eye contrived without skill in opticks [optics], and the ear without knowledge of sounds?” (2) Isaac Newton, Opticks (England: 1704; reprint, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1931), pp. 369–370. (As quoted by http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/ReferencesandNotes9.html)
Science is to be appreciated for the amazing discoveries and facts that it has brought to man’s attention about the complexity and ingenuity of the natural world. If we are sick, we go to the doctor and seek medical advice. If we are building a house we seek an engineer to detail how to go about it. Yet all these facts are limited to what is deemed the best interpretation of the data at the time.
Yet with God the Supernatural makes the natural boundless. God can take a staff, timber long dead. Yet in a night cause it not only to sprout and grow but also produce almonds that were ripe (Num 17:8). A person may look at the rod that morning and conclude that it actually was a branch of an almond tree that had taken years to grow and then ripen fruit. But their observations of the natural world would have led them to the wrong conclusion concerning this. This is not deceptive of God, rather ignorant of man to demand that God take the same length of time nature “normally” does to grow such phenomena.
Although with man these things are impossible, with God nothing is impossible! The mere fact that God does miracles, “wonders and signs” (Acts 2:22) demonstrates that God works and continues to work through or above nature and can never be limited to our knowledge, observation or Science (Isa 55:8-9).
|↑1||Tiner, J. H. 1975.Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist and Teacher. Milford, MI: Mott Media. (As quoted by http://www.icr.org/article/newton/)|
|↑2||Isaac Newton, Opticks (England: 1704; reprint, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1931), pp. 369–370. (As quoted by http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/ReferencesandNotes9.html)|