- Religion and Philosophy
What is the Supernatural?
Technically from what I understand the term Supernatural is used incorrectly in today's society. The correct term would be Preternatural. Preternatural, which comes from the term "praeter naturam" (beyond nature), is the action which goes beyond the structure of the nature of the material universe. Where as Supernatural would be the action which goes beyond any created nature. This form of activity would belong solely to God. Material nature can bring about surprising things, but it will always be according the the laws of the material cosmos. With that aside I will use the term Supernatural throughout this writing to keep up with the mindset of the day.
Supernatural powers in the Bible
The Bible speaks of Supernatural powers. It calls them spiritual gifts. "Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant...there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge;to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues...".
What draws us to the Supernatural?
Have you ever wanted to be able to fly without a plane, stop time, move things with your mind, shape-shift into an animal? Of course you have. People have always been enthralled about magic, ever since the beginning of time. They believe in it, are scared of it, or wished it was real.
Historically, people would come from miles and miles away to go to someone who was gifted or magical so that they could become healthy, manipulate the weather so their crops would grow, get a curse removed, or be able to see into the future.
These gifted people were admired and sometimes worshiped for their perceived abilities. On the flip side a lot of these practitioners were feared or hunted down as well. Then there were also different Gods or children of Gods that had special talents or powers. And there were mystical creatures such as dragons and phoenixes.
In the modern world most people do not believe in magic like they used to. But if you were to take a poll and ask a group of people if they wished magic or Super Heroes really existed, then I guarantee you there would be a larger percentage of them that answer yes.
Look at all of the movies and TV shows in the past 10 years. You have great TV shows like Charmed and Supernatural. And there are movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. You also have other types of movies like the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Iron Man. What do you think draws so many people around the Earth to be fascinated with these Supernatural powers?
Is it because we are so busy in our daily lives that we need to escape? Is it because it is hard-wired into our DNA? Below is a list of Supernatural powers? Which one would you like to have?
Acid Secretion - The ability to generate corrosive acid.
Astral Projection - The ability to project the consciousness into an astral form outside of the body.
Clairaudience - The psychic ability to hear what people that are far away are saying using only your mind.
Conjuration - The ability to instantly create matter from nothing.
Dream Leaping - The ability to project into peoples dreams and manipulate them.
Discerning of spirits - The ability to perceive the source of a spiritual manifestation and determine if it is from God, the devil, or from man.
Electrokinesis - The elemental ability to control and generate electricity and throw lightning.
Fire Breathing - The ability to emit fire from one's mouth.
Flight - An advanced form of Levitation. It allows the user to fly high and control the direction they go to.
Healing - The ability to heal injuries and diseases of others, unless that person is evil or has already died.
Illusions - The power to create illusions which alter the victim's senses and perception of his/her surroundings.
Invisibility - The ability to become unseen by the naked eye
Mediumship - The ability to see and communicate with ghosts.
Regeneration - The ability to heal rapidly from any injury; the rate of recovery depends on how strong a being is
Super Strength - The power of having magically augmented physical strength and stamina.
Telekinesis - The ability to move objects and individuals by using your mind. It can be channeled through the eyes or hands.
Telepathy - The ability to hear and broadcast the thoughts of oneself and others.
Teleportation - The movement of objects or elementary particles from one place to another, more or less instantaneously, without traveling through space.