I believe in some really crazy stuff-stuff that would definitely NOT fit into today’s scientific paradigms. I believe in a God that transcends time, space, relativity and quantum field theory. I believe that this transcendent God has interacted with his Creation, namely us, in miraculous ways that defy natural laws as deduced and described by today’s chemists and physicists (ie the burning bush, Noah’s flood, the fiery furnace, etc).
TAKING THE BIBLE LITERALLY
I believe that God literally became a man by way of a virgin mother. This is surely NOT paradigm thinking. I believe that this same God-Man was killed by his own creation and then rose from the dead. Again, a proposition that would not be endorsed as scientifically possible (especially after 3 days!)--this has never been replicated and observed in any lab. Then we get to the crazy metaphysical stuff. For example, I believe that this death and resurrection somehow atoned for my sins so that I can experience eternal life with my Creator at some point in the not so distant future. While this particular claim (and other metaphysical claims made throughout the bible) has really nothing to do with the domain of science, it does fly in the face of contemporary philosophical and sociocultural paradigms where morals are relative, there is no Creator and there is no afterlife. Yet, I still believe.
So, in light of what I just claimed to believe, why am I a kooky, weird Christian if I take these beliefs in the supernatural just a bit further—especially when the bible arguably supports this move? For the sake of this blog, I will admit that I am a “plain sense” reader of the text and I believe that the bible states what it really means. Therefore, I believe that fallen angels literally “saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose” and that “There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” And since I believe these things to be literally true, I would expect there to be physical evidence to support this reality. And that is precisely what LA Marzulli was attempting to do on episode 19.
Furthermore, is it really that great of a leap to think that Satan actually does more than just sit around trying to get you to break the Ten Commandments like some cosmic form of peer pressure? I would argue that Satan, aka Lucifer, the being that originally sought to “ascend into heaven, [and] exalt my throne above the stars of God” would have MUCH bigger fish to fry. So why wouldn’t there be demonic activity ordained by the prince of this world? Why wouldn’t there be efforts, conspiratorial if you will, to get humans to ignore Yahweh and look elsewhere (new age, ufology) or nowhere (atheistic materialism)? Lastly, why is it so silly to believe in a cosmic conspiracy given that the bible declares it to be true when it says: “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
I’ll tell you why it’s silly. It doesn’t fit contemporary scientific paradigms and philosophic worldviews. Supernaturalism is backwards thinking. Which is why according to the world and people like godless, Christianity is backwards thinking. And as we witnessed on episode 19, anything NOT fitting into modern paradigms founded on materialist presuppositions, are rejected on metaphysical grounds as being silly, fringe, kooky and weird. But, let’s face it Christianity, as it stands in stark contrast to man’s contemporary celebration of itself, is silly, fringe, kooky and weird.
Lastly, Matt has decided to pick and choose what supernatural things to believe in. And that’s totally his prerogative. But, I do think it is inconsistent for one Christian to label other Christians as “silly” simply for choosing to believe in additional supernatural things—things that are described in the bible. If anything, there should be more open-mindedness and awareness in the Christian community to biblically-endorsed supernatural phenomena; and perhaps a little more awareness to the limitations and biases inherent in contemporary intellectual paradigms. OK, I’m off my soapbox…for now.