Recently Pope Francis came under attack by some in the Catholic Church for “opening the Church to superstition” by discussing Demonic activity and the challenges we face battling Evil forces operating just beyond our awareness. The paranormal and supernatural are topics that are a little off the beaten path for most Christians, but you have to admit the Bible talks about marvels that out do any science fiction book out there. If you threw out all the supernatural events from the Bible there would be nothing left but a bunch of genealogies. It is ripe with the miraculous.
The New Testament of the Bible records 37 miracles performed by Jesus. He cast out demons, healed the sick, turned water into wine, fed the multitudes with a few loaves of bread and a couple fish, he raised his friend from the dead and rose from the dead himself. In the closing verse of the Gospel of John it says, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." (John 21:25, KJV)
As Christians we believe in all these acts. Through our unyielding faith we know the word of God to be true. The Bible hints to why the unbeliever doesn't understand Scripture, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Cor. 2:14). Due to the supernatural nature of God's Word, the unbeliever will not understand it. A belief in the Supernatural is the founding stone of comprehension.
It takes a spiritual person to understand a spiritual truth. Until someone has been supernaturally awakened, or “born again”, and has been given the ability to honestly believe in the entire word of God, they will not understand the supernatural things the Spirit of God describes in the Bible. Without awakening in Spirit, the Bible is perceived as nonsense. Spiritual discernment is core to a Christian.
In the pages of the Bible we read about things and beings beyond human intelligence. We are taught how through faith and prayer the non-human, unseen spiritual world interacts with the material human world. There are stories of how some of these otherworldly beings have helped and guide mankind. We are also warned that some of these beings have turned extremely evil. All these beings, both good and bad, the Bible declares, are real and they lie just beyond general human awareness.
Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.” In this verse we are warned of the Prince and the Powers of the Air. Satan and his followers desire to control the whole world. Power structures of theirs can be found everywhere. Daniel 10 describes a few instances where supernatural “princes” were interfering with events on our human plane.
The Bible mentions a number of supernatural beings, God, Angels, Satan, fallen angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Arch angels, spirits, demons, and Giants to name a few. How often do you consider there could be an unseen entity beside you influencing your thoughts and actions for evil purposes? Are you so wrapped up in the day to day hustle of your material existence that your have let yourself become unaware of such manipulation?
Pope Francis spoke about how the Devil is a very real supernatural entity and that this entity is using all the forces of evil to divert you from salvation. He warned the faithful to be vigilant and not be fooled by the hidden face of Satan in the modern world. “Look out because the Devil is present,” he said.
Some people, though admitting they never read the Bible, persist in calling the Gospel utter nonsense. Believers know it is the word of God. It is our Creator’s love letter to us, his children. It is his textbook to help us understand this Earth school in which we are currently enrolled. Salvation upon our death and everlasting life will be our graduation day.
2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”