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Nature Is Anything But Natural - God's Creativity in Animals



Nature Is Anything But Natural - God's Creativity in Animals
Nature Is Anything But Natural - God's Creativity in Animals

Humans had no hand in creation and had no control over it.

Storms, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, drought, and tornadoes reveal God’s strength and sovereign power.

There remains so much we do not know about the world God created.

The seemingly unending variety of animals God has created is evidenced by the number of new species found every year.

Below are but a few of those new species.


CNN A legless lizard and hundreds of other new species were discovered in 2023

"Nearly 1,000 new species were discovered in 2023 by scientists at London’s Natural History Museum and the California Academy of Sciences, proving that Earth is still home to many unexplored wonders.

The discoveries were made during a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the US Endangered Species Act, which offers protections for threatened plants and animals and has helped save hundreds of species, according to Scott Sampson, California Academy of Sciences executive director.

“Yet a million more species remain imperiled due to human-driven activities like habitat destruction, climate change, and pollution,” Sampson said in a statement. “We must document the Earth’s living diversity so that we can work to protect it, and the California Academy of Sciences is honored to take part in this critical global effort.”... from the article: A legless lizard and hundreds of other new species were discovered in 2023


Nature Is Anything But Natural

Enjoying Creation Through the Psalms

Some years ago, as I visited my future wife in Southern California, the ocean began teaching me to notice the supernatural in all I had called natural, to widen my eyes to the world God has made, to recover some of the wonder I once had. The ocean quiets me unlike anything else in creation.

I say creation with deep conviction and purpose because it was — all of it everywhere — conceived and performed by a real, divine imagination. As T.M. Moore writes, “One of the central teachings of Scripture is that the natural world is not at all natural. It is the creation of a supernatural God. What we routinely call ‘nature’ is in fact ‘creation’” (Consider the Lilies, 100).

“Everything God has made is preaching, with loudspeakers, cranked high and embedded everywhere we turn.”

Nothing we encounter is purposeless, or gloryless, or truly “natural.” We may notice the purpose and glory more in the grander aspects of creation, like oceans, lions, or mountains, but as Scripture teaches, even birds and lilies teach us about God.

Has the natural world lost some of its wonder in your eyes? Have you started to take for granted things God himself literally breathed into existence and sustains with his whispers? Does anything God made still quiet you?.." from the article: Nature Is Anything But Natural



Scientists discover 100 new maritime species off New Zealand | DW News

Video from DW News


"Biologists in New Zealand have found around 100 new species after exploring a rift some 5 kilometers beneath the sea. The organisms include some that scientists can't even identify, as well as a strange creature called a 'sea-pig'." from the video introduction


The Bible and Science

Definition

Although both scientific inquiry and interpretation of the biblical text attend to God’s self-revelation, the fact that the Bible is a more directly available form of God’s speech, called special revelation, gives biblical revelation an interpretive priority over the claims of scientific research.

Summary

The biblical worldview holds that human knowledge is only possible in light of God’s action, which does not allow for scientific inquiry to claim to have the ability to discover all knowledge. Scientific discovery is possible because the observable world does reveal truth about itself and about God, but this truth is never really in contradiction to the truth of God in Scripture. Whereas scientific investigation infers God’s speech in his creation, special revelation recorded in the Bible is a more direct, verbal witness to God’s speech. Therefore, while both modes of inquiry, both scientific and biblical, are fallible as human process, biblical investigation takes interpretive priority over the scientific because it is the word of God rather than merely being a nonverbal effect of some word of God that is standing behind it.

How do we think about the relation of the Bible to modern scientific claims? What do we do when we find apparent discrepancies?

The Biblical Worldview

We must begin by briefly considering how a biblically based view of the world differs from the secularism and scientism dominant in the Western world. The circles dominated by modern secularism consider the Bible to be obsolete and consider science to be the preferred way of advancing in knowledge. Supposedly, human knowledge has no need of God. But this view has defective foundations. It simply assumes a certain view of the world and of science. It assumes that God, if he exists at all, is absent from the world. And it assumes that modern scientific investigation unproblematically shows us the true nature of the world..." from the article: The Bible and Science


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Catherine Barrett
Catherine Barrett
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