Monday, January 14, 2013

Existence of Miracles

"...with God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26

     These days the term miracle is used so many times from advertising a popular sandwich spread (Miracle Whip) to the title of a hockey movie (Miracle). Most people would agree that a true miracle, were it to happen, would come as a result of some action by a divine being outside of a natural process or law. 
     Many, however, continue to doubt the existence of miracles armed with what appears to be a good reason: they've never seen one. Or so they think. In our present culture, seeing is believing, and with so much misinformation out there, many will distrust assertions that seem out of the ordinary. Many often assume, with the advances of scientific knowledge, that what appears to be a miracle must have a natural explanation. Some people have arrived at their denial of miracles through a commitment to scientific naturalism, a position that states there is nothing beyond the natural world. 
     Every event in the natural can't be explained by a natural cause. Science cannot explain everything. Scientists are making new discoveries everyday, which shows there are many things in our universe they still don't know. Many times in the history of our world, what was thought to be a scientific "law" or "fact", has been disproved many times. The Earth being flat, flies or maggots coming from rotting meat, and even Earth being at the center of the Solar system were once thought to be true. But all have been disproved.Many object to miracles because they are seen as violations of scientific laws that govern nature. Christians define miracles as events that God causes independent of forces in the natural world. God is God. He has the ability to do as He pleases. Events caused and directed by Him can exist alongside nature's laws rather as a violation of them. 
     Miracles lie beyond the realm of scientific proof. But as we know, of course, science cannot prove everything, neither can everything be proved by science. Therefore, the door remains open to consideration of the Bible's miracles, and supernatural causes. And if you think about it, our world, and everything in it, is a miracle itself. 


Resources: The Bible; Answers for The World's Toughest Questions Passport by Insight for Living; and Exploring Creation with Biology by Dr. Jay L. Wile


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