The Geek Doc




Scientific Mythology



I. What is a Miracle?

A miracle is an extraordinary event manifesting god's intervention in human affairs.

II. Can Science Explain the Miracles in the Bible?

A. If a miracle is a contradiction to known science then it would be hard for science to explain it, except to say that it could not explain it.

B. If a miracle is an intervention of God on the natural world then science could only speak to the probability of the event, not the causality.

C. Some argue that as science advances it will be able to explain more of the miracles in the Bible.

D. Norman Geisler refutes this stating, “Motors function in accordance with physical laws but physical laws do not do not produce motors; minds do. In like manner, the origin of a miracle is not the physical and chemical laws of the universe, even though the resulting event will operate in accordance with these natural laws.”

Geisler, Norman, Miracles and the Modern Mind, Baker Book House 1992.

III. What about fraud?

A. It is clear from any cursory evaluation of claimed miracles that fraud is a major concern.

B. This is not unique to the miraculous.

1. In some parts of the world 30% of the $100 bills are counterfeit, yet we have not given up on using them.

C. It is not a reason to abandon the study of miracles.

IV. A man born blind

A. John 9 tells the story of a man born blind being healed.

B. In the history of the world only one person who was born blind was healed after 18 months of age.

V. Is it reasonable to believe in Miracles?

A. It is very difficult to prove a negative statement. Therefore it is very difficult to prove that miracles do not happen.

B. Do you believe in God? If God exists in any meaningful way then He must be able to influence the world.

VI. Prophecy

A. Prophecy is to declare the future at the direction of God.

B. The Bible sets a very high standard for prophecy.

C. Deuteronomy 18:22

D. Biblical prophecy is specific and verifiable.

E. Predicts unlikely events often far in the future.

VII. Babylon the Great

A. Isaiah 13:19-22 speaks about Babylon.

B. It states that it will fall, never be rebuilt, and no one will sleep there.

C. Babylon fell and it has never been rebuilt.

D. Alexander the Great wanted to rebuild Babylon, but died 3 days after giving the order to do so. (Not one brick was laid).

E. In the Battle of the Dardanelles (WWII) the British landed at Babylon and planned to sleep there, but march all night instead, because no one was willing to sleep there.

F. Saddam Hussein built an amusement park near Babylon, not on Babylon.

VIII. Jesus

A. Over a 1,000 year period the Old Testament has nearly 300 prophecies about Jesus

B. These prophecies are both specific and improbable.

C. Many are simple impossible for a person to control.

IX. The Supernatural World

A. The Bible claims that there is a God, angles, a Devil, and Demons.

B. Trying to explain history without the influence of evil is very difficult.

C. The Christian is instructed to test spirits.

D. Galations 1:8-9

E. II Corinthians 11:13-15

F. Matthew 24:24

G. II Thessalonians 2:8-9

H. I John 4:1

I. Matthew 10:28

J. Ephesians 6:12