Thursday, September 11, 2014

Are Miracles Relevant?

The following quote is from Paul Little:

“‘Do you really believe Jonah was swallowed by a whale? And do you seriously think that Christ actually fed five thousand people from five loaves of bread and two fish?’ So goes the trend and tone of many modern questioners. Surely, they say, these ‘miracle’ stories in the Bible must be quaint ways of conveying spiritual truth, and they are not meant to be taken literally.
With many questions, it is more important to discern the root problem than to become involved in discussing a twig on a branch. This is especially true of questions about miracles. The questioner’s problem is generally not with a particular miracle, but with a whole principle. To establish the miracle in question would not answer the question. The controversy is with the whole principle of the possibility of miracles.
The real problem goes even deeper. It is not with miracles but with the whole concept of God. This is the question Jesus discusses with the disciples in John 14.”
Paul Little, writing in the Certainty Christian Basics Bible Study guide.

“Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’
Jesus answered, ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.’” John 14:8-11

“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’
Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:29-31

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