It is increasingly fashionable for the miraculous in Scripture to be explained away as manifestations of physical law rather than an alternative viewpoint which argues that miracles involve divine intervention in the physical laws created and sustained by God.
A ‘Christian’ theology that God does not intervene in the physical laws of the universe He created is not consistent with Scripture.
- There are variations of this view which include the presumption that somehow, if God intervenes in the laws of the universe God is no longer trustworthy. eg Tipler.
- This view is essentially a view that God is like a clock-worker building and winding up the clock and then watching it run
- One variation of this is that the physical laws somehow are incorporated in the person of God and therefore he can not contradict them in any way.
- This view ultimately means that all events in the universe are determined by physical laws. Of necessity this means human ‘free will’ is predetermined since all of us then become simply a collection of molecules whose thoughts and choices can be precisely predicted if we had enough knowledge and computing power.