- It is without doubt true that natural explanations have replaced a number of inaccurate supernatural explanations in various cultures over the years, but it is equally true that a number of natural explanations have replaced a number of inaccurate natural explanations as well! Many believed that the earth was flat and if you sailed far enough west you would fall off the edge of it. As proper geographical mapping and astronomy spread these inaccurate natural arguments were discarded and ridiculed, but that doesn’t mean every other natural explanation of this world is wrong.
Another approach to the supernatural is to deny it completely. Heddle writes, “Miracles are supernatural. The supernatural cannot be explained by science. Therefore miracles don’t happen, ipso facto.” By this logic anything that could not be explained by science did not exist until a scientist explained it and anything we still don’t understand doesn’t exist either, which is an absurdly unscientific position. Science is there to examine something that cannot be understood, not deny it is there! The eye, protons, ice movements and space all existed long before science could explain them and the same applies to the supernatural. Not being able to provide a rational for something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Some natural occurrences have been wrongly attributed to being supernatural and no sensible person would deny that, but to conclude all events are natural and none supernatural at all is going too far. Take the biblically foretold eclipse in Amos for example, obviously astronomers can explain that as being part of a natural cycle, but it still took supernatural ability for someone with no astronomical background to predict it. The flood can also be explained naturally, but to predict it decades ahead of schedule by someone with no forecasting knowledge whatsoever was clearly supernatural. Scientists and experts in numerous fields can explain the plagues that hit the Egyptians, but again, how do they explain the timing and the predictions in advance when such an extreme sequence of events was unprecedented?
What is the big deal about proving something happened naturally anyway? God is not just about the supernatural, he is also about the natural, after all he created what we call the natural in the first place! In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. I don’t see the point in trying to disprove a natural explanation of something if it is plausible and I’m certainly not going to lose my faith over it, because God is just as creative in his natural abilities as his supernatural. The bible kicks off with him taking great pride in the natural world he created, so it is hardly any wonder he uses natural things and not just supernatural. To say you are not going to follow God because something previously claimed to be supernatural turned out to have a natural explanation isn’t really consistent when you consider he made these things anyway. If however you do choose to walk with him and enjoy his natural creation, you never know, he may supernaturally change you! Now, in conclusion, please watch this tremendous short video from a great sociologist, Tony Campolo:
Tony Campolo – Rational thinker asked to perform a miracle.