Do you have friends who object to miracles? I don’t mean the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980 when the U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey team beat the heavily favored Russian team for the gold medal. It is common in our popular culture to throw around the word “miracle” rather loosely for unusual or unexpected stuff that happens: “It’s a miracle that I passed the test without studying much.” Or “it’s miracle that the car my dad loaned me to go to school is still running after a bad storm.”
I mean miracle in the biblical sense, as an act of God breaking into, interrupting, or changing the ordinary course of things. I have talked with many people on campus that have a hard time believing that Jesus walked on the water, raised people from the dead, and healed people without medicine or the aid and approval of the government. They argue that miracles are not possible.
Here is my thought process on why we as followers of Jesus can be justified in holding a Biblical worldview that includes the supernatural.
First, the controversy over the possibility of miracles stems from a weak view of God. Once we assume the existence of God, there is no problem with miracles, since God by the definition and revelation of Scripture is all-powerful. The opposite would also be true: in the absence of such a God, the concept or possibility of miracles is difficult and even impossible to conceive. The question then is, “does an all-powerful God, who created the universe, our planet, and all of us, actually exist?” If so, we shall have little difficulty with miracles.
Second, the Bible informs us that nature daily gives us evidence of a powerful and intelligent Creator. People ignore or turn away from this truth, yet God allows them the freedom to worship substitutes instead of Him (Romans 1:18-25).
Third, I believe that natural law operates consistently. I have talked with many in science related fields who believe that the laws of nature are absolute and inflexible, and that there can be no exceptions in history. But I also believe that the laws of nature owe their existence to a Creator and Sustainer who has the freedom (as well as the power and authority) to interact with them wisely (see Genesis 1:1). When God chooses to do so, He introduces a miracle. Christianity is in essence, the story of a great Miracle.
Fourth, C.S. Lewis wrote in his book “Miracles” that a miracle is the introduction of supernatural energy that alters natural law and circumstances. He argues that miracles are rare events, which increase with frequency when God wants to emphasize something. This explains why so many “signs and wonders” occurred during the time Jesus was on earth. Miracles were given as credentials to authenticate who Jesus was as the coming Messiah (John 10:37-38).
Lewis also suggested there is something unique in the style of miracles Jesus performed. Every year for example, God uses natural law to transform water into wine through the fermentation of grapes. But at a first century wedding in Cana of Galilee (read John 2:1-11), we observe God in the person of Jesus “bypass the natural order…or skip a step.” Through miraculous power Jesus turns water directly into wine without the need of a vine.
Think theologically. As the Lord of creation, Jesus’ miracles are an inherent part of His power and communication. They have the supernatural signature of His architectural genius.
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