19. GOD’S MIRACLES – HIGHER THAN TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE
(The Information & Edification Series)
There is a lie being perpetuated by some, where they define God’s miracles, not as the result of supernatural power that can only be worked by the all-powerful God and which will forever defy human explanation and logic but as something that man simply does not know how to achieve at the moment because he possesses limited knowledge at the moment.
Such people try to limit the miracles that God worked, saying that we do not understand at the moment, how he did it, not because he is God but because he used advanced technology and was privy to a level of science, which the world does not yet know of and is not yet privy to.
These are lies from the pit of hell and those advocating it are advocating nothing other than humanism. For, this philosophy seeks to demote God, so as to place him on the same level with man, just with a little more advancement in knowledge, at this time.
Such a view emanates from those who consider themselves to be intellectuals, full of earthly education but yet erring on matters of truth. Such persons have allowed their learnedness to make them mad and full of pride. Given all that they have studied, they now have a puffed up view of man’s potential and a lowered view of God.
2 Timothy 3:5 and 7 describe them perfectly. They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof and they are “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Let’s get one thing clear: God’s miracles do not equate to technology or science. He operates above technology and science because he is God and all powerful. He does not need to tap into these therefore, in order to work his miracles. He simply needs to draw from himself because there is where the power to do the supernatural lies, in him.
The lie being promulgated by these foolish intellectuals is better depicted in this excerpt I found online, of some ungodly man called Arthur C. Clarke who came up with three adages, referred to as Clarke’s three laws. In his third adage, he stated: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
I need to point out here that God’s miracles do not equate with magic. They are greater than magic, as we saw with Moses and the magicians when they were before Pharaoh. Magic taps into a diabolical, spiritually unlawful, wicked and limited source but miracles come from God, the Creator, the Holy One, whose power is limitless, bona-fide and trumps all.
In commenting on Clarke’s third adage, the online Article stated:
- “..Earlier examples of this sentiment may be found in Wild Talents (1932) by Charles Fort: “…a performance that may some day be considered understandable, but that, in these primitive times, so transcends what is said to be the known that it is what I mean by magic,” and in the short story The Hound of Death (1933) by Agatha Christie: The supernatural is only the natural of which the laws are not yet understood.“
First of all, in dispelling this asinine theory, it is important to note that God does not work magic. As stated before, that is the counterfeit manifestations of the devil, which are no match for God’s miracles.
That there is a clear distinction between the two was evident in the account given of the miracles God worked in Egypt. God need use no sorcery, witchcraft or any other diabolic means to work his miracles, nor does he need to use flimsy technology or comply with any rule or formula of science. He is not limited by anything and all he has to do is speak or will a thing and it is done, not because of any power external to himself but because power resides within himself.
In Numbers 23:19, it states: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
I repeat: God is all powerful and works miracles. He does not use a scientific formula or a form of technology or magic or any other approach that man uses or may try to use, when He (God) works his miracles.
He does not hold on to some guarded technological secret as to how he works miracles and state to himself that he needs to be careful to end the world before man gets to the point where he figures everything out and overthrows him in heaven, becoming a god himself.
I have actually heard such weird theories seemingly being subtly advanced within a particular ‘church’ that I once attended and it is nothing short of dangerous lies. In my view, it is a doctrine of devils, hence the reason that the thinking lines up so closely with what the devil actually tried to do in the past. In his pride, he actually tried to overthrow God in heaven but was cast out. For, he will always be the creation whereas God will always be THE CREATOR.
Such persons thinking this way, may have erroneously based their belief on Genesis 2:9 and 3;5, which talk about the tree of knowledge of good and evil and that the devil deceived Eve into thinking that if she ate the fruit, she would know good and evil and be like gods. They may also be relying on Genesis 11:1-6. Here, the Lord said that the people building the tower of Babel were one with one language and that nothing would be restrained from them which they had imagined to do and so God went down and confounded their language, which caused them to not understand each other and abort the work.
However, nothing in these verses state that any knowledge that man has as a result of the fruit being eaten and the full summation of knowledge that he could ever hope to acquire with all the time in the world and his unified imaginations and concerted efforts, could ever equate to the level of God’s miracles. God is Omniscient and Omnipotent and so he operates without the need to apply a formula. Man, on the other hand is a mere mortal, formed from the dust of the earth and as full of himself as he may get, he will never be these!
People who think to the contrary, believe that God’s miracles have some sort of systematic approach, like mathematics and can therefore be worked out, if man had just enough knowledge or enough unified imaginative power and enough time to work it out.
Contrary to what I think I heard one such person say as he led a Youth Bible Study, the glorified Jesus did NOT use a form of advanced technology to pass through a door when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection and then disappeared. He did NOT use a form of advanced technology or science when he turned the water into wine at the Wedding of Cana or multiplied the bread and fishes to feed the multitude. Most importantly, he did NOT use a form of technology or science (not yet known to man), when he raised himself up from the dead on the third day.
I have heard that there have been delusional people who have died and made provisions in their will that their money is to be used to resurrect them from the dead, when breakthroughs in science led to men figuring out how to make a person live again.
What utter nonsense! This will never happen.
Such persons obviously had faith not in Jesus where it should have been placed but in science and the man behind the science, believing that one day, some formula would be arrived at to raise people back from the dead.
The power to raise people back from the dead resides in God and God alone. Hence the reason that Jesus made it abundantly clear before he raised Lazarus, who had been dead for four days: ” I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25).
Those in ‘church’ circles advocating that miracles are but glorified science and advanced or superior technology are seeking to subtly bring God down to the level of man.
Yet, God’s Word says in Romans 11:33-36:
- “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
God’s great power which will FOREVER defy human understanding and emulation is also highlighted in the book of Job, when God conversed with him. In fact, so great is his power, that David, humbled by how he failed in comparison to God’s grandeur, stated in Psalm 8:3-6: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
I can tell you personally, that I have found myself in situations in the past and still face some at present, where no science, no advanced form of technology or any other device, mechanism or strategy available to man, could help or deliver me, other than a divine miracle, working and intervention from the true and living God, that which utterly defies human logic.
I stand as a testament, that my God works, not magic, not advanced technology, not formulaic science but mind-blowing, supernatural and unexplainable miracles that defy all logic and human reasoning: That which mankind will never understand and shouldn’t waste time trying to fathom or to hope that one day, if time permits, they too will have this knowledge. For, some things God has revealed to us and allowed us to know but there are areas that belong to Him as God and therefore will remain secret.
Deuteronomy 29:29 states: “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Puny man will never be able to tap into God’s power, so as to take it apart and dissect it and analyse it, as his proud, puffed up heart desires.
God is God. He is beyond complete comprehension and he is not limited in his power by anything. He simply purposes a thing to happen and it happens because he is the God of all power.
To suggest otherwise is to steal God’s glory by indicating that he does not deserve it because it is not that he did something that was humanely impossible to do and mind-blowingly awesome but just that he was privy to information that humans don’t yet have, which if they did (and which they would obtain with enough time) they could do it too.
To subscribe to such foolish thinking would be to say, that when God created the world, it wasn’t through his great and majestic power but through a set of principles that he used, which, if man had access to that knowledge, they could create a world too.
Also, in such people with this skewed, false thinking, in stating that God uses advanced technology or is simply at an advanced stage of knowledge than we are at the moment, they are saying that God does not have intrinsic power (that is, power in himself) to make things miraculously happen but that the power by which he does these things is in some kind of formula or system or technology, external to himself.
Yet, in Psalm 145:3-6, David proclaimed:
- “GREAT is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy might acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare.”
In Psalm 147:5, he further declared: “GREAT is our Lord, and of GREAT POWER: his understanding is infinite.”
Psalm 136:3-4 states: “O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever. To him who alone doeth GREAT wonders: for his mercy endureth forever.”
Yet, the humanistic theory, philosophy or whatever it is as stated above, in pride, seeks to undermine the wonderful greatness of God, while promoting man and thinking of him (a mere mortal created from the dust of the earth), much more highly than should be thought.
Man will NEVER have infinite understanding as God has and never be intrinsically powerful as he is, no matter how much knowledge and technology they acquire and no matter how long they were to be permitted to remain on earth. This is for the simple reason that, contrary to the lie that the serpent told Eve in the garden of Eden, man is not a god and will never be like God.
As the question was asked in Job 11: 7-9 to Job, a mere human being:
- “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.”
In Job 37: 5, 14 and 23, it also reads:
- “God thundereth marvellously with his voice; GREAT THINGS DOETH HE, WHICH WE CANNOT COMPREHEND…Hearken unto this…stand still and consider the wondrous works of God…TOUCHING THE ALMIGHTY, WE CANNOT FIND HIM OUT: HE IS EXCELLENT IN POWER, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice…”
Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived upon the earth and blessed with a wisdom that he asked of God and God gave to him, wrote in Ecclesiastes 8:16-17:
- “When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth… THEN I BEHELD ALL THE WORK OF GOD, THAT A MAN CANNOT FIND OUT THE WORK THAT IS DONE UNDER THE SUN: BECAUSE THOUGH A MAN LABOUR TO SEEK IT OUT, YET HE SHALL NOT FIND IT; YEA FURTHER; THOUGH A WISE MAN THINK TO KNOW IT, YET SHALL HE NOT BE ABLE TO FIND IT.”
In light of these clear truths in scripture therefore, it is downright disrespectful to think that God has need of technology (something that lowly man uses and which has relevance only here in this world), in order to work miracles and that, had man access to such technology, they could do the same. Nothing could be so far from the truth. This is but a lie from the pit of hell.
(Written on 25th and 26th June, 2020, added to thereafter)