The 2001 Commentaries

Are there “Spirits”?

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Many people often scoff at and reject the Bible’s (and history’s) frequent mentioning of unseen life forms (spirits) and super-natural events, for they say that such things are not “scientific,” because people are unable to see and explain them.

But is it true that things which can’t be seen or sensed do not exist?

Notice what modern science actually teaches:

"Dark matter is a hypothetical form of matter thought to account for approximately 85% of the matter in the universe. Dark matter is called "dark" because it does not appear to interact with the electromagnetic field, which means it does not absorb, reflect, or emit electromagnetic radiation and is, therefore, difficult to detect.

Various astro physical observations – including gravitational effects which cannot be explained by currently accepted theories of gravity unless more matter is present than can be seen – imply dark matter's presence. For this reason, most experts think that dark matter is abundant in the universe and has had a strong influence on its structure and evolution.”

So, modern science teaches and claims to be able to prove the existence of matter that cannot be seen or sensed, and they say that this matter actually makes up approximately 85% of our universe.

Then, is this matter (which is all around us) the stuff that makes up a form of life that the Bible calls “spirits,’ “angels,” and “demons?” We don’t know, nor are we claiming such. What we are saying is that there are things that can’t be seen or sensed, and they are provably scientific.

But in this “dark matter,” which we cannot see or feel, is there actual energy that has the power to do work and accomplish things?

Notice what modern science tells us:

"In physical cosmology and astronomy, dark energy is an unknown form of energy that affects the universe on the largest scales.

The first observational evidence for its existence came from measurements of supernovas, which showed that the universe does not expand at a constant rate; rather, the universe's expansion is accelerating...

Without introducing a new form of energy, there was no way to explain an accelerating expansion of the universe.

Since the 1990s, dark energy has been the most accepted premise to account for the accelerated expansion. …

Dark energy's density is very low: 6×10−10 J/m3 (≈7×10−30 g/cm3), much less than the density of ordinary matter or dark matter within galaxies. However, it dominates the universe's mass–energy content because it is uniform across space.”

So, modern science repudiates the common teaching that; Because things are invisible and otherwise unexplainable, they can’t exist and are “unscientific.”

Understand there are in fact many things and events that have happened in our world that cannot be explained away using conventional reasoning or what we accept as normal scientific logic. Therefore, rejecting the answers (that in fact make sense) because a thing can’t be seen or felt, is in itself unscientific. Because, science is proving that there is both matter and energy that goes far beyond their ability to explain.

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