I Believe In Miracles!
Amidst the myriad of supposedly irrefutable reasons posited by atheists why faith in God is untenable, is the implausibility of miracles. It is claimed that the natural laws of the universe are unalterable and determined, and therefore defy abrogation. 'A law is a law' they say, and who can argue with a law? Of course this is deliberately obtuse, because they have defined the concept of a law to deliberately exclude God. In other words, they use a humanistic worldview to show how impossible miracles are. They disprove the existence of miracles to disprove the existence of God. This is totally the wrong way around. Rather, if God exists, then we must adopt a worldview that includes the existence of miracles.
But enough of philosophy! The Bible is a book of miracles, and in particular the life of the Lord Jesus is punctuated by instances where what we would consider 'normal' or 'regular,' is temporarily suspended, to allow something unique or irregular to take place. For example, as the Lord Jesus slept in the rear section of a boat during a raging storm, the disciples were fearful, to the point that they doubted whether He even cared if they made it through. But when awakened, He calmed the wind and stilled the waves, with the words “Peace, be still” (Mk. 4:39). What had happened to the normal forces of the universe that had acted together to create the maelstrom? The voice of the Creator and Curator of the universe had been heard and they had obeyed. He had suspended what was normal and regular, and quelled the storm. He is the Creator of those natural laws! To modern man, this is unpalatable.
In fact, atheistic scientists spill a lot of ink over this issue, and for good reason! They are well aware that if such a person as Jesus Christ who was "God...manifest in the flesh" (1 Tim 3:16) existed, and performed these miracles, then the greatest and most important miracle of all – the resurrection – is true. If the resurrection is true, then it means He actually died, and that the Biblical claim that it was for sin and sinners is also true. If He died for sin and sinners then we are personally accountable to Him. If we are accountable to Him then our lives, our behaviour, our motives, our impulses all matter greatly. We are accountable! This is really what the debate about miracles is about, and this is really what is unpalatable to modern man.
The issue of the resurrection is central to the gospel, and therefore so are miracles. Christians are sometimes tempted to address the objections posited by modern thinkers by acquiescing, and adapting the central Christian message to fit with modern thought, ending up with a deistic variant. Paul addressed this with King Agrippa one day by asking, "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?" (Ac. 26:8). Although Agrippa and Paul's accusers were religious Jews, the doctrine of the resurrection was too volatile to allow him to continue to preach it. The risk that Judaism might be overthrown and the heresy of the 'Nazarene' be adopted was too great a risk to take.
Your salvation depends on a miracle. This is why miracles matter. Thank God today for the miracle of the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, the ascension, and the regeneration that took place in your heart. Without miracles we have nothing. Do you believe in miracles?