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Answering Humanist's Accusations Against the Bible

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What Are The Laws of Nature?

Do these examples prove there is no supernatural?

THE CLAIMED PROBLEM: The Bible has stories about a talking snake (Genesis 3:4-5); a tree bearing fruit which, when eaten, gives knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17; 3:5-7); another tree whose fruit bestows immortality (Genesis 3:22); a voice coming from a burning bush (Exodus 3:4); a talking donkey (Numbers 22:28); rods turning into serpents (Exodus 7:10-12); water changing into blood (Exodus 7:19-22); water coming from a rock (Numbers 20:11); a dead man reviving when his corpse touched the bones of a prophet (II Kings 13:21); and other people rising from the dead (e.g., I Kings 17:21-22; II Kings 4:32-35; Acts 9:37-40).

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We are talking about the humanist claims that the Bible is inconsistent with the laws of nature, and that it discourages a scientific approach to problems. These are interesting claims, since it was a Christian, Francis Bacon, who invented the modern scientific method. I learned that back in high school science. But, it’s also interesting to see that since Bacon’s Christianity has become widely know, humanists have been trying to credit the creation of the scientific method to anyone else, or in some case to no one… it just sort of happened. Anything so that Christian does not get credit!

What we now have here is simply a list of supernatural events. The humanists do not say why they are listing these events, but I assume it is to show that the supernatural is impossible. After all, just look at the things on this list. They are all impossible. The only logical conclusion is that, since these supernatural things are impossible, there must not be anything supernatural.


But, by definition the supernatural are things that only God can do. Of course they are impossible, based on the normal way things happen. That is why they are called supernatural.

Supernatural events are unique events that God, for specific reasons, causes to happen. Since God is the source of all “natural laws” and is the one who sustains the natural laws, He can also cause exceptions to those natural “laws.” If you have not read them, please read the previous two pages to learn why that is not a problem.

Every Miracle Has a Purpose

I’m not going to go through the entire list of the miracles listed by the humanist. Instead of accomplishing the humanist objective of showing there is no such thing as the supernatural, this list demonstrates the supernatural is real, and God is powerful and in control.

I have stated that every miracle has a purpose, and I’d like to demonstrate that is true. For example, why would God bring a dead man back to life when his body was thrown into Elisha’s grave? Did Elisha's bones have supernatural power? (No, they didn't.)

A Dead Man Reviving When His Corpse Touch the Bones of a Prophet (II Kings 13:21)

Elisha was one of the greatest prophets of all time. He had replaced the great prophet Elijah. But, when Elisha died there was no successor.

Verse 13:20 simply states, “So Elisha died, and they buried him.” God had made a number of promises to Jehoash through Elisha. But now Elisha was gone. Were those promises still valid? Verse 13:21 states:

And as a man was being buried, behold a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.

The notes in the John MacArthur ESV Study Bible explain why this happened:

This miracle was a sign that God’s power continued to work in relationship to Elisha even after his death. What God had promised to Johoash through Elisha when he was alive would surely come to pass after the prophet’s death.

CONCLUSION: A list of supernatural miracles does not provide proof that the supernatural does not exist. It only produces a circular argument. God’s supernatural acts are real, and each one had an important purpose.

NEXT ACCUSATIONS: The humanist go on to add more examples. They write: There are also accounts of the sun standing still (Joshua 10:13); the parting of a sea (Exodus 14:21-22); iron floating (II Kings 6:5-6); the sun’s shadow going back ten degrees (II Kings 20:9-11); a witch bringing the ghost of Samuel back from the dead (I Samuel 28:3-15); disembodied fingers writing on a wall (Daniel 5:5); a man living for three days and nights in the belly of a fish (Jonah 1:17); people walking on water (Matthew 14:26-29); a virgin impregnated by God (Matthew 1:20); a pool of water that can cure ailments of those who dip in it (John 5:2-4); and angels and demons influencing earthly affairs (e.g., Acts 5:19; Luke 11:24-26).

So we have more examples proving the supernatural is real. We’ll talk about these on the next page. Click here.