What is the hardest thing in the Bible for you to believe? I am not saying you don’t believe it, just that it’s difficult for you. Seriously, take a second and think of what that would be. Ok, got it? Good, now let’s go on a journey together. I am going to take a stab at what that could be for you. I recently asked my Life Group what that would be and I heard a pretty consistent answers:
1. Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 1-4)
2. Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6-9)
3. Balaam’s Talking Donkey (Numbers 22:21-39)
4. People Rising from the Dead (Matt 27:52)
5. Jesus Loving a Sinner like Me (John 3:16)
Honorable mentions include casting out demon’s, talking bush, parting of the Red Sea etc.
Maybe you had a different one in mind. But no matter, I think we can all agree these are extraordinary claims. You might even say; these are difficult to believe. So now that I’ve got your brain working in overdrive, think about this: What do these all have in common?
One thing they have in common is the term super-natural. Now I know that’s not a term people like to use these days. In fact, most people live like only the natural world exists. I once even heard an atheist claim they only believe what they can see, taste, smell, touch, or hear. Essentially, they claim if it can’t be tested in a laboratory, then it’s not really true. Now as Christians in America, we probably wouldn’t say that. But deep down, is that why we struggle to believe every recording in the Bible is true?
I have seen hundreds of articles trying to explain how a Sperm Whale could feasibly eat Jonah, how Noah’s Ark could have been big enough, how the Red Sea could have parted in a drought and on and on and on. But why? Why do super-natural claims need to be explained naturally, when what is natural was created super-naturally? (Read that tongue twister again.)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God (Super-Natural) created the heavens and the Earth (Natural). If you believe this verse is true, then everything that was ever written from this verse onward is not only possible but probable. This verse just claimed that a Timeless, Spaceless, Immaterial, Personal, all Powerful and Super-Natural Being spoke all space, matter, and time into existence. And yet you are questioning how you can make space, matter, and time make since? Do you really believe Genesis 1:1?
I don’t know what doubts have been creeping into your head lately. Can God truly forgive me? Can God truly change me? Save me? Love me? Heal me or my loved one? Maybe, you have questioned stories in the Bible over and over again. But we all need to be reminded as we look around our “natural” world that there is no greater miracle, no greater super-natural “proof,” then the fact that everything that is “natural” was made by the “super-natural.”
So my challenge to you is this, why doubt God? Why doubt the Bible? Why doubt what God can do? He created “natural” and He can create a new you from the inside out. He is the Creator so why are you surprised when He gets creative?
Super-natural claims do not need to be explained naturally, when what is natural was created super-naturally. Press on in the reality of God and know that ”His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20