Are You Embracing the Supernatural?

2 Kings 2:5-6 – The messengers returned to the king, and he said to them, “Why have you returned?” And they said to him, “There came a man to meet us, and said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you, and say to him, Thus says the Lord, Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’”

Deism is the false teaching that a god made the universe but then left his creation alone and has no dealings with it, a bit like an absentee landlord. With a god absent, deism teaches that the world runs by natural laws that a god established to govern his creation. 

Subsequently, miracles are impossible because the universe is a closed system, and a god does not intervene in his creation or overrule his natural laws. 

This is a commonly held belief and explains why scenes like the fire strike from Heaven to protect Elijah are often rejected as myth or dismissed as primitive ancient suspicion. 

However, the worldview of the Bible is that there are two realms – seen and unseen – that form one reality. God rules over both, and these two worlds originally were together as one. 

You cannot believe God’s Word or understand God’s world unless you embrace the supernatural. From beginning to end, the Bible is about an unseen realm as real as the visible world. Faith is required to believe in beings as real as we are who live in a world as real as ours and travel between these worlds, impacting and affecting human history and our daily lives. 

As a result, everything is spiritual, and nothing is secular. What happens in the invisible world affects what happens in the visible world and vice versa. Furthermore, everyone is both a physical being with a body that is seen and a spiritual being with a soul that is unseen. Spiritual warfare is like gravity—unseen. It exists whether you believe in it, and it affects you every moment of every day. 

This worldview is on full display in this and other scenes of Elijah’s life. When we rise from death and enter into God’s Kingdom, we will do so with a physical body and a spiritual soul to live in both realms with human and divine beings as God’s full forever family. 

Do you struggle to embrace the spiritual worldview of the Bible? Why? Why not?

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