Before I go any further discussing the significance of the resurrection as well as its reality, I have a feeling that some of you have already tuned me out because I have suggested the existence of the supernatural. I know that some people are going to move on right now because you reject the possibility of the supernatural by default.
This type of anti-supernatural bias is closed minded and simply not a valid way of exploring the world around us.
It necessitates a premise that there can be nothing beyond the material world. It takes a strong position on the fact that the universe is a closed system. Without that type of absolute commitment, it is always possible that there is some type of supernatural.
I prefer to follow the information wherever it leads. For many things, there are perfect explanations for phenomena that have natural causes. For example, I do not believe that gravity is the result of invisible, magical elves that pull our feet back down every time we leave the surface of the planet. I don’t believe that when there is some type of fight between gods on Olympus or that thunder is the result of angels bowling in heaven.
There are natural explanations for phenomena, and they make sense. There’s no discounting that, and I am more than happy to accept that.
However, I’m also open to the fact that there might be things that may not a natural explanation. I do not subscribe to the presupposition that the universe is a closed system where we absolutely know that there can be no supernatural intervention.
Even if you don’t believe in any type of higher power at all, I don’t know that you can even take the position that there is absolutely no supernatural intervention in the world; I don’t know how you could absolutely know that. At worst you could be agnostic.
However, even if you claim to absolutely know that, it is a rather unscientific position to take because you’re shutting down free inquiry. By explicitly excluding the exploration of even the possibility of supernatural causes right out of the gate, it is not actually following the evidence wherever it leads. Rather, you are setting the parameters and saying that certain possibilities are impossible, you’re actually not doing the work of science.
Our commitment ought to be to follow the evidence to truth whether we are Christians or not. I would like to assume that we all committed to trying to find truth, but we can’t simply ignore an entire realm of possibility.
As we move into talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ then, I encourage you to simply look at the facts and don’t automatically assume the supernatural. Rather, we’re going to look at the facts, and we’re going to draw the best conclusion we can from those facts. The conclusion could be natural, or it could be supernatural. I just encourage you to not by default exclude a realm of possibility because of your already assumed bias.