Jamie Jean

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“For as bats’ eyes are to daylight so is our intellectual eye to those truths which are, in their own nature, the most obvious of all.” (Aristotle, Metaphysics, I (Brevior) I)

Something truly amazing has occurred to me: I think. Have you ever considered the implications of what it means to be conscious of self? Not only are we aware, but we realize that we are aware and can ponder the meaning of consciousness. Science cannot explain this uniquely, human phenomena. Please allow me to quote people much wiser than myself to further explain what I mean.

“Men of the greatest intellect cannot understand the mysteries of Jehovah as revealed in nature. Divine inspiration asks many questions which the most profound scholar cannot answer. These questions were not asked that we might answer them, but to call our attention to the deep mysteries of God and to teach us that our wisdom is limited; that in the surroundings of our daily life there are many things beyond the comprehension of finite minds…” (Ellen G. White, “Laws of Nature,” pp. 259-261 in “Testimonies for the Church”, vol. 8)

“All this time that we spend pondering the existence of God and searching for proof of the supernatural, is actually proof in it of itself. The very fact that we can rationally think about, desire and search for something beyond our basic instincts is proof that there is something beyond ourselves and nature. If the laws of nature can only act on our natural selves, then what is outside the realm of nature (rational thought) must come from something supernatural.” (C.S. Lewis “Miracles”)

Nature, as science understands it, is governed by mechanical (non-rational) rules and actions. Naturalism is the belief that everything that exists is within the boundaries of nature. Rational thought, however, does not fit into the ‘laws of nature’ nor is it logical to conclude that a long series of non-rational, mechanical advances in a species would suddenly yield rational thought. Darwinian laws dictate that species advance towards attributes that are beneficial to the carnal necessities of survival. The beast in the field merely sleeps, eats, drinks, plays, struggles to survive and reproduce…nothing more, nothing less.

“Our ability to reason is a gift from God that reveals that we have been created in his image. An animal does not have the same knowledge of Good and Evil. The proof that we have been looking for is in our conscious search for God.” (C.S. Lewis “Miracles”)

When God presented all the animals to Adam to name (Gen. 2:20), Adam was unable to find a suitable partner among them and so God created Eve to be his helpmate. This showed that no animal was comparable to man, because only man was created in God’s image.

“Man was to bear God’s image, both in outward resemblance and in character. Christ alone is “the express image” (Hebrews 1:3) of the Father; but man was formed in the likeness of God. His nature was in harmony with the will of God. His mind was capable of comprehending divine things. His affections were pure; his appetites and passions were under the control of reason. He was holy and happy in bearing the image of God and in perfect obedience to His will.” (Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 44-45)

As a collective species, we strive for more and move beyond the boundaries of our ‘natural’ purpose or role. No other creature does this. No other animal builds a legacy and progresses towards the next step. We have gone far beyond what we as carnal man require to survive. This is evident in every book written, symphony composed, and new invention. We are not designed to fly but yet venture into space. We are not aquatic and yet dive to the deepest, darkest caverns of the ocean in our search for greater understanding.

The realization that our existence and search for God is the very proof of something beyond ourselves is simple and beautiful in many ways. Faith is being certain of what we cannot see (Heb. 11:1). Human thought is ‘God-kindled’ and it’s a miracle we experience every day. But we have the freedom of choice of how we live our lives. As the great scientist Albert Einstein put it “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Our search for the supernatural or divine is nothing new, because there’s nothing new under the sun (Eccles. 1:9). The realization of the answer is nothing new either. The Roman philosopher Cicero (106-43 B.C.) stated it with a simple question:  “Why then is the universe not accounted animate and wise, when it brings forth from itself creatures which are animate and wise?”

As sin further corrupts this world, the Devil strategically cuts off each successive generation from the wisdom of past generations, leaving us scrabbling to answer questions already answered in a constant search for what is always right there.

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Further Study:

“Yet men of science think that they can comprehend the wisdom of God, that which He has done or can do. The idea largely prevails that He is restricted by His own laws. Men either deny or ignore His existence, or think to explain everything, even the operation of His Spirit upon the human heart; and they no longer reverence His name or fear His power. They do not believe in the supernatural, not understanding God’s laws or His infinite power to work His will through them. As commonly used, the term ‘laws of nature’ comprises what men have been able to discover with regard to the laws that govern the physical world but how limited is their knowledge, and how vast the field in which the Creator can work in harmony with His own laws and yet wholly beyond the comprehension of finite beings!” (Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 114.)

 

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