O LORD, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!
(Psalms 8:9 TEV)
The conventional wisdom and the generally accepted explanation for all
the miraculous stories in the Holy Bible is that God has a magic wand.
He just waves it around; and it all happens. Could there be another
explanation? A technical explanation that doesn’t violate all the
God-created laws of chemistry and physics and answers the question How
Did God Do It?
We admit right up front that we look at the stories and incidents in the
Holy Bible from a different perspective than do most Bible scholars (not
that we’re implying that we are Bible scholars); and while the basic
concept of this book may, at first glance, appear to defy conventional
biblical wisdom and perhaps seem anti-religious (even blasphemous) to
some, we assure you that this is not the intent. Quite the contrary.
Nowhere in this book do we feel our theories contradict the basics,
fundamentals, tenets and doctrines of our world’s major belief systems
(particularly those of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths) that are
founded on concepts from the Holy Bible. Nor does this manuscript
contradict or call into question the concept of an all-powerful, loving
God (Creator, Divinity, Supreme Being) who created our Universe.
We begin with the concept that there is a God of our Universe. Our
Creator declares to Moses, “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Exodus 3:6 TEV) This God is the basis of
our personal faith and of this book. We also accept that Jesus, the
foundation of Christianity, was indeed the Son of God (as described in
the Gospels of the New Testament). Nothing we propose violates these
basic building blocks of the Jewish and Christian faiths.
While we admit that we look at the stories, events and situations
related in the Bible from a somewhat different viewpoint, we feel that
our observations and analyses align quite nicely with the events related
in the Bible. These thought-provoking ideas that we have, for years,
discussed and debated in the conceptualizing and writing of this book,
have actually enriched our faith and reinforced our appreciation and awe
of the God responsible for life and for this divine planet Earth.
There are two groups of people who might be especially alarmed or even
offended with this book; and they are at opposite ends of the proverbial
pole—atheists and (for lack of a better term) the
Atheists, of course, believe there is no God. Since this book posits a
God, the Supreme Creator of our Universe, it would seem reasonable to
suggest that atheists put this one down and look for other reading
material. That, however, is somewhat fallacious thinking. Just because
someone doesn’t believe there is a God, that doesn’t mean there
isn’t. So atheists may want to explore this book simply for the
academic exercise. (For a related, thought-provoking analysis along this
line, we suggest Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent
Design by self-proclaimed atheist Bradley Monton, Ph.D.)
At the other extreme we have the devoutly religious who not only believe
in God, they feel that God must fit exactly into the mold that they have
been taught over the years. We once saw a bumper sticker on a car that
read, “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” We looked
at that and commented that there was a person who had a firm foundation
in what he/she believes. For people such as them and other supremely
religious folks, there is no compromise or wiggle room when dealing with
their concept of who or what God is and how He (or She) should be
celebrated, worshiped and adored. For this group, interpretations that
fall outside the (their) proverbial box are probably viewed as just
plain crazy—even blasphemous or heretical.
For all those freethinking people in the middle, particularly those of
you who enjoy the challenge of addressing tough, hypothetical questions
with fresh eyes and creativity, we think you’ll enjoy this book—even
if you don’t necessarily agree with our concepts. As you read on, we
ask you to do so with two visions:
• Discover where you may agree and have an aha moment and exclaim,
“Why didn’t I think of that?”
• Explore the points on which you differ and consider how your
reaction provides a firmer foundation for your personal faith and
That said, enjoy what we hope will be a spiritually renewing experience,
one that will bring you closer to both God and to the amazing wisdom and
inspiration of the Holy Bible as you explore:
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