Nature is such a beautiful blessing that was that the Lord has created. Do you ever just sit down and bask in the glory of creation? Feel the rays of heat from the sunshine or examining the eloquent and dainty petals of a flower. The Lord is such a supernatural force who has the authority to design everything. The world is His masterpiece.
What is Natural Theology? Natural Theology is a specific type of theology that provides a belief that nature directs to God. It is the reflection of God’s character throughout the planet. Animals, plants, the sky, land, and ocean all show what a loving and caring Father He is to all of humanity.
From the billions of unique stars gleaming in the galaxy to the kaleidoscopic and vibrant rainbow, it is mind-boggling to see all that the Lord has invented in just six days.
Different Viewpoints on Natural Theology
Natural Theology can be both a blessing and a nuisance depending on how extreme a person can take it. There are two different viewpoints of Natural Theology.
The Viewpoint of Natural Theology: General Revelation
The first viewpoint of Natural Theology is known as General Revelation. This is the belief that humanity sees God naturally in the world (natural is the primary source of knowing and believing in God’s divinity). This is through everything that the Lord has done, (which is on purpose, He is not random) and made for all humans.
Nature expresses what His character is about. A person with this belief sees nature mirror the reality in humanity’s world. People can learn the naturally occurring about God, from what He created.
Others who claim to be Christian, say that the God of the Bible does not relate to the Bible we have now since we are now in a more modern time period.
An example would be the wind. We can feel and see it blow different worldly components that surround us. The Lord created the wind, not one person knows how He made this wondrous element, but we know it exists. We also know that He is the one to create it because it exists in the first place. In the book of Exodus, the Lord sent mighty and powerful waves over the Red Sea when Moses raised his staff.
To give you a little of the backstory, Moses was commanded to free the Israelites (who were being held as slaves from Egyptians) and bring them to a place called the Promise Land. Moses followed after God’s commands and the Lord split the sea in half for Moses and the Israelites to make it on the other side.
The Lord created such a powerful wind, it had so much force that it segregated the waters from themselves. Moses and the people that he is leading, journey through two walls of roaring waves (this was during a storm) and once they crossed the ocean, the waves clashed together and went back to normal.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go [back] by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry [land], and the waters were divided.Exodus 14:21
The Viewpoint of Natural Theology: Special Revelation
The second viewpoint of Natural Theology is Special Revelation. The Bible and experience is the primary source of knowing and believing in God’s divinity. This is mainly believed through Evangelicals. This is the belief of understanding and connecting with the Lord through that the Lord has done, graciously, Himself. This can be through the miracles of healing or any other type of spiritual matter that occurred through the Lord’s supernatural force.
Evangelical theologians use the term Special Revelation for the belief in God’s intervention to make God’s will and knowledge available that would not otherwise be available through General Revelation. They believe that disclosure of this special revelation is at specific times and believed by Christian theologians to have been generally given through scripture, miracles, and through the ministry of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
The purpose of Special Revelation is to impart the knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ, salvation, and the atonement. Essentially it is knowledge and understanding of Christ, Himself. The forms of special revelation are considered through a Christian through personal experience, miracles, prophecy, scriptures, and the mortal life of Jesus Christ.
The Viewpoint of Natural Theology: Nonbelievers
Non-believers that take natural theology as the primary route mostly call themselves spiritual, but not religious. They have the knowledge and understanding of the God of the Bible. But, they don’t believe that it relatively relates to the present time. Spiritual believers have their passions in spirituality but are not affiliated with a type of religion. They also only use nature as evidence of the Lord. This is the main reason why they believe in God, but not the Bible. Because, living on, seeing, and experiencing the creation He created, is all the evidence they need.
Unfortunately, since they do not believe in the Bible, they also don’t believe in growing in their faith. The main reason that spiritual people do not want to affiliate themselves with Christianity is from the cause of fearing and questioning their identity. If someone asks a spiritual person personable questions about their spiritual life, they mainly mention that they don’t want to talk about it.
Nature is the only aspect that should be worshiped because it is the only pure evidence that they have for being a Christian. They don’t want you talking to them about it, because they don’t want people scrutinizing their faith, because if they do, they’ll have to scrutinize it, too.
Being questionable about their identity and beliefs may have them discover that their spirituality isn’t all that deep, coherent, or integrated with the way they live.
Many significant consequences can be outcomes for the believers of both General and Special Revelation. These are the ones who stretch their beliefs and only focus on nature as the instruction of living a Christian life or only focusing on the Bible and experience. Others who claim to be Christian, say that the God of the Bible does not relate to the Bible we have now since we are now in a more modern time period.
There needs to be a healthy balance between having nature as the primary source of God and only using the Bible as the main source of your faith. You should learn the importance of not only what God said, but also what He is creating. Others who are blinded from only seeing one side is missing the other (and vice-versa). So, there can consequence that someone didn’t even know they were going through.
One main issue that Evangelicals have to this day, is not giving credit where it is due. The Lord spoke and made everything into existence that grows and breathes on this planet. He brought the stars, moon, and sun. He dived into all of the little details on everything He created.
It’s captivating to really understand how He can spend time crafting each attribute. God even designed the snowflakes that descend from the sky, with each individual being unique than the next.
Christians should really analyze and explore the planet that was created for us. They should also invest their time in nature because the cycle is such an astonishing process. From the animal kingdom to the water cycle of creating rain. This rain, that is a vital necessity for all living organisms to live.
It’s an abomination that followers of Christ only worship the lord through practice and not passion. Christians should walk outside and worship the rain.
The Bible states that humanity should praise and worship the Lord through every blessing He has made for us. The trees, grass, animals, ocean, and everything else was created as a blessing for humans. We should love and appreciate the planet and nature for the way it is.
Most Christians do not focus on the immaculate elements of the world God made. They live their general life focusing on the Bible, going to church, and worship Him through song. Though those practices are great for Christian to grow in their faith and become even more connected with the Lord, worshiping the creation He made, is another way to connect with Him.
When nature is the primary and not the secondary source, there can be false teachings. Believing in hypotheses and theories that are outlandish, can feed you ‘facts’ that can actually be considered as sinning. Special Revelation is the knowledge and belief of seeing God’s character and how He is through the creations that He has made.
Processes are naturally occurring in the world that humanity should not be looking into. An example would be looking into the animal kingdom. Most animals are mating with other animals. There is a belief that since the creatures mate with one another, that humanity should be allowed to as well. The Natural animal cycle of life mirrors the reality of humanity, so anything that animal does naturally, a human can reciprocate.
The Bible bluntly declares that one man and one woman (man and wife) are to be fruitful and repopulate the world. There are very few animals that are monogamous, and the Bible clearly states that one man and one woman are.
Only husband and wife are to have sexual relations for the purpose of giving birth to bring new sons and daughters of the Lord to this world. Since the Holy Word teaches that one man and one woman is God’s covenant, anything outside of this practice is categorized as sinful.
The Significance of Natural Theology
The importance of nature and of Natural Theology is vital in the Christian world. The Earth provides us with the ability to have balance every day of our lives—which is important in the balancing act that is being a working parent. The greens, yellows, reds, and browns on the Earth’s surface are grounding colors. These different two colors that the Lord creates with the ambiance of an energy vibe through balance, peace, and calmness.
Learning about the Lord and focusing on both scripture and all creation is the perfect balance for authentically understanding God’s character and how loving He is. Wildlife can be described as beautiful and mysterious. There are still parts of the world that humanity has not explored yet.
God made every creature and plant and spent time sculpting the details in each aspect. Studying the Bible and reflecting it with all of the wondrous actions shows how truly caring and creative the Lord is.
A Biblical Example of Natural Theology
Natural Theology has been shown since the beginning. Even the Epistle Paul wrote about how glorifying all of creation is. Paul mention in the book of Romans how significant and important a human should honor and grateful for the planet.
Epistle Paul’s Commentary
In Romans, this particular book of the Holy Word, Paul clearly states the in creation the visible attributes of God are on display, mainly God’s divinity and eternal power. How the Heavens compare to the glory of God. Predominantly, the Lord’s divinity and His authoritative and thunderous eternal power.
Paul also clarifies that even if someone has not ever read the Bible, that observing all around the world shows that there is a God and that that should repent and accept Him into their hearts for salvation.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,g in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.Romans 1: 19-20
The Lord’s powerful, which His impeccable force of nature is on display through His creation. He spoke everything into existence except for humanity, which He molded with His own hands.
Every human being on this planet is significant and unconditionally loved by the Lord. He blesses us with such beautiful landscapes and a variety of animals, from the animals navigating through the depths of the sea to the birds that soar through the spacious sky.
Natural Theology Today
There is a God who is in control and authoritative over everything. An example of Natural Theology being seen in the modern world is earthquakes. Earthquakes and natural disasters are creations that are groaning to transition back into what it was before humanity’s fall. This was the result of the fall when the enemy persuaded Adam and Eve to take a bite out of a fruit that the Lord demanded them not to eat out of (this is located back in the first book of the Bible in Genesis).
There is a curse for all of creation because of the actions of our sins. The world is going to terrorize and create these natural disasters until there is redemption throughout all of humanity. When Christians are reconciled for all of their wrong-doings, that is when the moment of creation will be right again. The way it was back in the garden for Eden.
What Can You Get Out of Natural Theology?
Before falling into the depth of misconduct and teachings through nature, what can you, as a healthy Christian get out of Natural Theology?
Learn About God Through Nature
Ask yourself this question: “What was God, like to create the world the way He did?” Truly examine the planet and everything on it. Why would the Lord make these items and what’s the purpose of them? Ask yourself these questions while analyzing the world.
Examples: Observe the millions of different animals, the force of gravity, and the billions of stars. It’s mindblowing to even try to comprehend the amount of power the Lord has to invent all of these wondrous attributes of the world. Each aspect
Respect God Through Nature
The natural world is an indescribable wonder that inspires us all. God states that humanity is meant to love nature, not destroy it. For anyone who destroys nature will be destroyed by Him, alone. It’s even more astonishing knowing the Lord created it for humanity. It underpins our faith, our society, and our very own existence.
The forests, rivers, oceans, and soils provide us with the food we eat, the air we breathe. We also rely on nature for numerous other goods and services we depend on for our health, happiness, and prosperity.
Why are others not treating God’s blessing of creation with care? Learning about the Lord through Natural Theology, examining His character through nature, is such an opportunity to connect ever closer to Him.
We should worship Him for providing us the sun, moon, and water. Instead, Christians live their daily lives taking the warmth, animals, and food for granted. Outdoors is such a beautiful piece of art. It’s easy imagining Him painting each color on the flower petals and butterflies, or Him breathing in the gift of wind. Everything has a purpose and a reason why it was made in the first place.
Like I just mentioned, because nature is free, humanity often takes it for granted and overexploit it. We clear forests, pollute water sources and take over habitats of several animals. We do all of these awful actions without taking account of the impact this will have. By not taking into account the benefits we get from nature.
Christians need to look at the value of nature in the eyes of the Lord. It’s better to understand the full implications of the choices we make. God does not want us disrespecting the forests, jungles, and ocean.
We should focus on the creation that God has blessed us with and clean, love, and worship God for it. So that nature and everything that breathes and grows can continue to sustain themselves into the far future.
The book of Revelation also discusses how important it is for humanity to take care of, tend, and love the world. We were not created to ruin, tarnish and destroy the planet that the Lord gave us. People are meant to respect nature. The Lord didn’t create the creatures, plants, and earth elements for His children to demolish it.
The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judge, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great,Revelation 11:18
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.
We, in our era, have accomplished something no other civilization would have considered possible or desirable. We have taken human wastefulness and self-destruction to never-before-seen levels and we have distorted our scriptures to justify even celebrate our own destruction.
Let’s try to understand the knowledge of how important respecting the world is. From the trees that are being burned from personal forest fires to the rippling, brown lakes that used to be translucent or blue. Humanity should really keep our planet into consideration. The Lord made one earth for us, and this is the only location that we have. If we destroy everything, what is there left to have?
Explore God’s Character Through Nature
Go on an adventure and walk through the woods. Take your Bible with you and venture through the mountains or take a road trip to different scenery. Spending more time with God in nature will bring out a sense of peace. You will be poured into and have serenity.
Learn about His character and try to connect the dots between why a species of animal exists, or why some climates are hot and others not. Dig deeply into the sacred environments and walk through the woods. Being outside on your own can also be very peaceful. It’s easier to hear the Lord when the world is quiet.
Also, bringing a journal and either sketching or writing down what you are seeing is another great way how to be inspired by the Lord’s creation. It’s a good reminder of where you went, saw, touched, smelled, and experienced. What are the emotions that are going through you at this moment staring at the beam of rays peeking through the illuminating leaves? What time of the day is it and what does the temperature feel like? Write these descriptions down to keep them in your memory forever.
Stay away from your phone and distractions. Take your Bible into the forests or on a hike and sit in the sun or grass. Observe the different colored flowers in a field, try to investigate various types of bugs or plants. Keeping off of distractions, and clearing your mind is a great way to only remain focus on our Father and what He wants to tell, inspire and inquire from you.
Keeping all distractions (such as technology) away from your journey in the woods is important. It’s easy to scroll through social media or watch a video instead of diving into scripture. Silence the cell phone and music, and close your eyes to pray. Speak to the Lord like you would talk to any close loved one and see what all the Lord will bring to your heart. It’s amazing to see what God will tell you to do, say, or be inspired to create.
Scriptures About Nature
If you are not sure where to start with Natural Theology, here are some scriptures that can inspire and motivate you to explore the nature God created.
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.Job 12:7-10
In this scripture, the book of Job expresses how humanity should be thankful and grateful for everything that Lord has created. This verse described how nature will teach humanity that God created the world.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.Psalm 96:11-12
Parts of Psalm 96 describe how significant it is for the world is in existence. This is also foreshadowing the day that humanity is reconciled when the planet will rejuvenate back into its original state.
In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.Psalm 95:4-5
The Lord crafted the depths of the world, the roaring sea, and the dry ground that you are standing firm on right now. You can use this scripture when you are reflecting on the planet, God’s love, and everything that He makes.