We Need More than Science
2 Kings 6:1-7 :
The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we live and meet with you is too small for us.
Please let us go to the Jordan, and each man take a beam from there, and let’s make us a place there, where we may live.”
He answered, “Go!”
One said, “Please be pleased to go with your servants.”
He answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. When they came to the Jordan, they cut down wood.
But as one was cutting down a tree, the ax head fell into the water. Then he cried, and said, “Alas, my master! For it was borrowed.”
The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” He showed him the place. He cut down a stick, threw it in there, and made the iron float.
He said, “Take it.” So he put out his hand and took it.
Have you ever considered how much of the Bible you would have to remove in order to make it meet scientific expectations? This
is definitely one of those parts. Throwing a stick into the water doesn't make iron ax heads float in laboratory experiments. I
think that 10 out of 10 scientists would agree with me on this. In fact, we could make a scientific law that states that things
as dense as iron never float in liquid water, under natural circumstances. This reminds us that to believe in the Bible is to
also believe in the supernatural. That's one reason why it doesn't make sense for us to try to fit things like evolution
with the Bible. It's simply not necessary. God is quite capable of making the universe in six days. He's actually able
to do it in six minutes, but He decided to do it in six days and that should be ok with us.
Even though God is able to make ax heads float, He still required Elisha and the prophet's guild to build their own house,
expending their own energy and even having to borrow tools! God obviously loves the natural and chooses to allow us to live
within it. The Bible also shows us that supernatural events rare and often quite simple, as it was in this passage. God's
supernatural acts usually demonstrate His great love for us in our sinful condition. He doesn't want us to die and suffer and is
often willing to change the way things work for us. That's what He did when He raised Jesus up from the dead, which, by the way,
isn't scientific either.