Understanding Miracles: Can Science's Failures Prove The Bible's Truth?

By Pamela Glass | Saturday, 21 May 2022 05:15
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When it comes to squaring science with Scripture, one theologian expresses it may be more about a person’s experience than anything else.

Vern Poythress, author, and professor of New Testament rendition at Westminster Theological Seminary expressed some of the most influential tensions in the Bible are linked directly to presuppositions made by non-Christian thinkers rather than scientific findings.

In a column for the apologist website Desiring God, Pothyress stated that there are typically three main areas of uncertainty between scientific research and Scripture: evolution, creation, and miracles. The subject of miracles, Pothyress wrote, can prove the most valuable in discussing the transcendence of physical laws by a God who displays Himself to be omnipotent and active in His creation.

“If you believe in a personal God who can do whatever he wishes, you also believe that he can work exceptionally any time he wants,” expressed Poythress. “In other words, he can work a miracle.” Regularities in scientific law support the notion of God’s existence since such regularities allow science to be feasible and reveal God’s nature, Poythress additionally stated.

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One example is that “He makes his sunrise,” as Jesus said in Matthew 5:45.

In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul conveys to a crowd assembled at Lystra that “the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them ... has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons.”

However, the personal nature of God means He can act in extraordinary ways that may transcend the physical — though never the moral — laws which He has appointed, Poythress conveyed.

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Jesus Christ rising from the dead is the ultimate example of God transcending such laws for His purpose.

"People in the first century did not have the findings of modern science that we have, but they knew just as clearly as we do that people do not rise from the dead,” he said. “In other words, they knew right away that the resurrection of Jesus was an exception to normal experience.”

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Rather than detracting from God’s person or character, such anomalies serve to show His sovereignty over creation without the necessity to acknowledge any opposition or complaints, Poythress expressed.

When scientists study regularities such as Newton’s laws of motion or Kirchhoff’s laws for electric circuits, Poythress argues that what they’re studying is the Word of God, which sustains all of creation and governs its physical laws, according to Hebrews 1:3.

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Emphasizing that some of the premature scientists like Newton, Copernicus, and Galileo were either Christians or heavily impacted by Christianity, Poythress asserted a biblical worldview spurred such men to seek out regularities in science.

“Because they believed in one God, who was the source of all rationality, they knew that the world itself was governed rationally,” he said. “There was hope for understanding it.”

That meant the pursuit of scientific knowledge was always declared by the belief that, since we were made in God’s image, as human beings, we might be able to desire to understand the mind and ways of a Being infinitely wiser and more powerful than ourselves.

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