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The Value of Miracles

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

Two Christians in a book store.

Nathaniel: All of these "inspirational" books sound so weak and sappy to me that they’re completely unsatisfying. I wish that God still did miracles.

Oscar: Like what?

Nathaniel: I don’t know. The big, showy ones. He used to do them all the time. I wonder why He stopped?

Oscar: In the Bible, there were only a few times after creation when God was doing lots of miracles. Mainly it was during the exodus and during the life of Jesus. Other than that, it was pretty much just the occasional single miracle when it was really needed, like now.

Nathaniel: If He used miracles to convince large numbers of people in Biblical times, why doesn’t He do it again now? Think of all the wars and injustice that could be solved by showing everyone the light!

Oscar: There are still miracles to help those with faith and as evidence for those who question, but they don’t need to be big. The Bible has plenty of evidence of the big miracles, and if that isn’t enough evidence for someone, then no amount of evidence is going to be enough.

Nathaniel: I don’t know about that. Even an atheist would change his mind if he saw someone resurrected from the dead.

Oscar: Are you sure? I bet the atheist would just say it was "more likely" that it was alien technology or a mistaken diagnosis than a miracle.

Nathaniel: Now that you mention it, you’re probably right.

Oscar: Sure I am. If a Muslim raised someone from the dead right in front of you and claimed he did it through the power of Allah, would you convert to Islam?

Nathaniel: Of course not! There are plenty of examples in the Bible of people doing what looks like miracles through the power of demons. That doesn’t prove anything.

Oscar: Right. And atheists are just as sure in their false beliefs are you are confident in your faith. Miracles don’t mean anything. Look at the story of the exodus. God was doing miracles right in front of the Israelites all the time and they still had doubts. God doesn’t bother with miracles today because it would just be a waste of time.

 


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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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