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Supernatural


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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HG
HG
Feb 21, 2023

I like the Dictionary.com definition better, it's simpler and direct to the point. I think Lois posted the theist position flaw clearly: there's no way a god like Yahweh or Allah exists because they conflict with their own statements, which means for me that there's no "active" god nowadays taking care of anything, so there is nothing supernatural. On the other hand, the deistic view would be that an entity created the universe the way we see today, with all the laws of physics balanced to allow for life how we know it and just left things progress. Well, this last view is useless because this entity left no fingerprints and so we can explain pretty much everything without the…

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Badr
Badr
Feb 21, 2023
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as a a matter of fact, the deistic view is unlikely due to the lack of evidence for a supernatural entity creating the universe. the belief in supernatural explanations is being superseded by natural sciences as our understanding of the universe grows.


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Badr
Badr
Feb 21, 2023

I saw a documentary on YouTube yesterday explaining how some brain regions that conduct some cognitive and emotional processes may be implicated in feeling a sense of presence or connection to a higher power. This is part of our "imperfections" after all. But more generally, life is pretty much a roll of the dice : your existence and even your genes are all products of chance, and there is clearly no real purpose or divine plan. Your biases and emotions are simply a result of luck. Life is unfair and there's no one in charge to make sense of this chaotic mess. So, it would be wise not to be swayed by any particular inclination or prejudice and don't get…


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HG
HG
Feb 21, 2023
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I overall agree with your opinion, not much with "even your genes are all products of change". Of course there's chance involved in mutations that can lead to DNA change, but the selection of these changes is not done by chance but by the processes of evolution.

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