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A Defense for Miracles
by Robert Kiser
2/06/2010 / Christian Apologetics
"If we admit God, must we admit miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain." - C.S Lewis
People often reject the Bible because it mentions things like God, judgment and miracles. The problem is that the Bible has been confirmed time and time again to be historically accurate. The parts that we can look to for verification are in fact confirmed. Countless archeological digs have confirmed much of the history of the Bible. Not only history confirms the bible, but details in science provide evidence as well. For example Job 26:7 tells us that God hangs the earth on nothing. In our era with space exploration we know that the earth is indeed suspended in space. However Job lived a couple of thousand years before Christ. How did he know that? Critics have throughout history attacked the bible because of its claims and failed to disprove it. Concerning that fact I would like to share a quote with you.
Time Magazine DEC.30,1974 "After more than two centuries of facing the heaviest scientific guns that could be brought to bear, the bible has survived and perhaps better for the siege even on the critics own terms. Historical fact, the scriptures seem more acceptable now than they did when the rationalist began the attack"
When we consider miracles it is obvious Jesus performed more public miracles than anybody. Jesus said that these works or miracles were in fact proof of his claims of who he was.
24 The Jews therefore gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly."
25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these bear witness of Me.
26 "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep.
27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.
29 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
30 "I and the Father are one."
31 The Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
32 Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?"
33 The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God." (NAS)
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10 "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
11 "Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves. (NAS)
So what we have here is Jesus offers his works or miracles as evidence for his identity. Are we to now say that miracles are not possible when Jesus offered them as evidence? Jesus and the New Testament writers taught of good moral values and truth. It would be a huge contradiction if those that taught we should be moral and not lie were in fact very immoral by spreading lies about miracles.
Yes the Bible is interlaced with history which has been confirmed true with miracles that some question. It is not logical to disbelieve the bible only on a preconceived notion that miracles are not possible.
Some would argue against miracles because the event only happened once and it cannot be repeated. They might say "I did not see it happen and it cannot be repeated therefore I do not believe it." By that logic we could say the person saying that did not exist. Did you see them born? Can that rare event be repeated? No! The same can be said for the universe. It only happened once and it cannot be repeated yet here we are.
I think one point concerning the numerous miracles that were performed publically by Jesus that should not be overlooked is the Church itself. Consider for a moment where and which time period was the Church born? It was born in the same area and time frame as the miracles that were performed by Jesus. The Gospels and the accounts of the things that Jesus did were being circulated among the same cities that the events and miracles actually took place. You would think that church growth would be impossible if the incredible stories contained in the gospels were just a fabricated lie!
For example: Let's say someone today started spreading news articles stating that the President was performing public miracles in
Los Angeles California. Furthermore the articles themselves were spread all over Los Angeles California. How many people in Los Angeles would believe this if there were no eyewitness they could talk to? How many of them would be willing to die for this belief that never actually happened?
Thousands of people in the same time and area of where Jesus performed those public miracles believed. These same people were persecuted for their belief and many died martyrs for their faith in Christ. Furthermore we have no writings from anybody in that time period saying something like; "look I was there and that never happened." If these were all fabrications then you would think we would have lots of written statements like that.
No it is only years later after all of the eyewitness are dead that people stated to say that never happened!
Ok how does this have anything to do with us today? Well first of all it shows us the Bible is true and reliable. This same Jesus that did these miracles is our Lord and Savior. He can and still does miracles today. Granted we do not see numerous public miracles today, but at that time he was offering them as evidence of who he claimed to be. This is evidence that we can still look to ourselves when considering his claims. There are many periods throughout Bible history where there were not a bunch of public miracles. Just because we do not see numerous public miracles does not mean that they do not happen. This is something you may want to remember as you kneel before the Lord in prayer.
One of the greatest miracles Jesus did was predicting his own death and resurrection. If you would like to read of historical evidence for this, prayer or other similar topics you may want to check out the web address below.
Robert Kiser is the author of a few free pdf books and the ReasonableAnswers.org website.
His website explains and defends the Christian Faith. It also includes a section on Cults including Mormonism and Jehovah Witnesses.
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