Theologians have historically categorized the Bible and nature as “two books,” which when read side by side combine to reveal the God of creation. The first book, comprised of the inspired Scriptures of the Jewish and Christian faith, is called “special revelation.” Its combined influence extends all over the world and stands at the heart of Western culture, making the Bible the most widely translated, circulated, and studied book in history.
The second of God’s two revelations is the book of nature, termed “general revelation.” This is the implied record about our Creator that is discovered in the natural world around us. It is considered general in that it is a disclosure of reality that has been generally available to all people throughout the ages. It showcases the handiwork of God in the creation, and it serves as the record of His direct and indirect actions on the earth and in human history. So, according to the Bible, God reveals Himself not only through the inspired words of Scripture, but also through the book of nature.
Ich wollte den Gedanken von gestern noch etwas fortführen und wirken lassen. Da sind zwei sehr unterschiedliche Bücher, die über Zeit und Raum uns Gott und die Liebe zu seiner Schöpfung offenbaren.