I am mostly a proponent of God using natural laws to good effect, if the universe is deterministic, then there is nothing to say that when he started the ball rolling all his "miracles" were already accounted for and included in that "beginning". But I also believe that God is more than a maintainer of the natural order, He demonstrates his love for us, not in some abstract way like some distant father, but more like a father who lives with and acompanies his children everywhere. He provides for them, he maintains them and he keeps them strong, that is the God of the bible and the God of loving mercy.
"When Pharaoh says to you, 'Prove yourselves by working a miracle,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'"
If God does not "do" miracles, and keeps to the natural order, then why did he actually transform Aarons staff and turn it into an actual serpent. I would think that goes abit against the established rules of that "natural order" you are defending.
The whole of the Tanach except for some fragments was put into writing many many years later in the form of chronicles of the kings and of the prophets. Embelishment was the method used to enhance the achievements of the good characters while something akin to slanders was used to spotlight the evil ones. I might be exaggerating a little here you might say, but to anthropomorphize God into personally interacting with man would be more destructive. to monotheistic Theology.
Edited by Ben Masada, 30 March 2013 - 07:10 PM.