Supernatural

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What do you think of when you hear the word, supernatural? Webster’s dictionary says that the definition is, “of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially: of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil: attributed to an invisible agent” Dictionary.com says that supernatural means, “of, relating to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena.”

If supernatural means something above or beyond or greater than the laws of nature, what does this imply? According to Christian teachings, God created “the heavens and the Earth,” that is, he created nature. I assume this includes all of the laws of nature. However, to achieve his desired outcomes, he has to occasionally reach into nature and make changes. Miracles were commonplace in the New Testament. And Christians, today, believe in miracles. Many Christians believe that their prayers are answered by a miracle. But what does this say about the nature that God created? To me, it implies that nature is inadequate or imperfect because it is not capable of achieving the desired results. But, that means that the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God created something that was imperfect, flawed. If he is great enough to create nature, why didn’t he make it perfect in the first place instead of having to reach in and fiddle with it every once in a while? To me, the very word supernatural implies that nature, God’s creation according to Christians, is imperfect.

What do you think?

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