Beyond “Religulous”

Yes, I admit I watched the movie “Religulous” starring Bill Maher. It wasn’t the Christian bashing I was expecting, yet there were moments in which faith and science were pitted against each other. Maher, a self proclaimed agnostic, uses science and scientific method to try and explain away why Christianity (and religion in general) is just a bunch of fairy tales.

As Christians, who have experienced the power of resurrection, we understand how wrong the premise of simply trying to explain away the supernatural.

I would argue that faith and science do not need to be mutually exclusive, yet one needs to understand the nature of God and how he works within the world. God is supernatural, a term defined by Merriam-Webster as:

“of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe” or “departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature”

Therefore, one needs to understand that there are aspects of faith (i.e. Bible) that cannot be explained through scientific method or theory. For example, the Bible accounts that Jonah was swallowed by a big fish. Scientifically, this would be impossible. However, faith deems that the supernatural is transcendent to the natural order. If God deems it so, then it is so. It is within “reason” to assume that an all powerful God is not limited by natural order.

As an extension of this thought, I would have to conclude that science works wonderfully in explaining the mundane universe. Theories, formulas, and method can greatly benefit the advancement of mankind in understanding the natural universe. However, one must also concede that there is a supernatural aspect to the universe which requires one to see beyond our own assumptions, and that God works in ways that are beyond our own understanding. As Isaiah 55:8-9 states:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

If we believe God to be God, then he is beyond the confines of our natural existence and his power is beyond our comprehension.