Mary's Girl wrote:
Hi, Schultzz, Mary, and Everyone,
Why can't these experiences be both natural and supernatural at the same time? What I mean is, the thing, itself, could be perfectly natural, such as "space junk" or "will o' the wisp" but supernatural in that it was divinely appointed that we be there to witness it so we could marvel and praise God, be renewed in our sense of wonder, beauty, and imagination? I don't know but I wonder...
I think you bring up a very valid point, Nina. Why wouldn't God work miracles through His natural world? For example, I have debated in the past with people who sought to explain the parting of the waters during Moses' escape across the Red Sea as being the result of a natural phenomenon such as an earthquake. My response has been "So? Moses just happened
to be at the very edge of the water as the earthquake began and no sooner than he safely reached the other side, the tremors ceased, the receding waters reversed direction and the poor Egyptian army stood there in the middle, chariots bogged down in the muck, looking up as the waters surged over the entire group, drowning them.
Wow! How fortuitous for the Israelites...how unlucky for the mighty Egyptian Army!
Sounds like a miracle to me!"
I think that too many times — sadly, it is certainly true of me far too often — we resist seeing miracles, seeking rather to explain extraordinary events as coincidence. I call it the "Doubting Thomas Syndrome." It shames me to admit it but of all the apostles, he is the one I most frequently emulate!
I will consider your position if stated with firm, well-thought-out, quiet reasoning. Hateful diatribe, ad hominem attacks and shouted rhetoric don't impress.