This week’s article is written by Dan Nickel, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
In “Miracles,” C.S. Lewis argues miracles are possible. His argument for miracles starts by addressing naturalism. Naturalists think all that is known is in the natural, physical universe. All knowledge comes from the five natural senses and one’s experiences and observations in the natural world. Naturalism believes nature came into existence on its own (the created was the creator).
Lewis notes supernaturalists believe in God, who stands outside of nature. God produced the framework for time, space and everything known as “nature.” Lewis believed miracles do not break the laws of nature but allow us to recognize a miracle because, without an orderly designed universe, one would not know a miracle occurred. And the greatest miracle was a supernatural God, who condescended himself by descending into nature through the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. God dwelt among us as a man. Jesus was both fully man and fully divine with all of God’s exclusive qualities of a sinless character and divine truth.
The unity of the human and divine natures in the person of Jesus Christ provides an expressive analogy of how a person possesses both a soul and physical being unified into a single, coherent individual. Augustine wrote, “For as the soul makes use of the body in a single person to form a man, so God makes use of man in a single Person to form Christ.” Just like the soul never becomes part of the physical body, Christ’s deity never became the nature of His physical body.
God’s incarnation in the person of Jesus Christ provides a beautiful cultural narrative. Since conception, a human being is not just “tissue” that can be sold by Planned Parenthood to the highest bidder, but a unified physical and soulful being who possesses intrinsic moral worth and eternal value.