truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a
grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from
here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to
you." Matthew 17:20
The Gift of Miracles
For a rather extensive and adequate general treatment of
Accordingly, "A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or
scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (god or gods),
magic, a miracle worker, a saint or a religious leader."
The word "miracle" is often applied to any unexpected or
extraordinarily good development, and this article will not
deal with that aspect any further.
What IS being dealt with here
are the aspects and issues surrounding the benevolent intervention of
God in human affairs today. These interventions may be in the nature of
a person being led spiritually by arranged events, and/or by the timing of
such. They may also be phenomenological in terms of teaching,
protection, healing, revival and survival, inclusive of the physical,
spiritual, emotional and psychological; and timing can otherwise or
often be the major factor.
The author believes that such benevolent interventions take place for the
person who has put his life in the hands of God to be led in seeking the
truth and who is committed to believing the best rational, logical, and
reasonable vision of God that can come to his mind. How could this NOT be
true? Of course, those are the conditions and that is the theme of almost
all of the promises that Jesus made. But these interventions are usually
subtle or obscure if not hidden, and are NOT EVER intended to convince. We
should understand the specific outcome of belief is ALWAYS left in our
personal domain of choice volition. The true follower/believer does NOT point to miracles to persuade, but
rather appeals to reason and elegance to inspire. Jesus did plenty of
miracles, yet those did NOT make the difference in developing the belief for
which he was looking.
Having said the above, the
author is VERY skeptical of any claimed miracles in our affairs today.
Before he came into his spiritual majority, he was an administrator of a
Christian institution where miracles were expected and claimed. Upon
investigation, each and every one of these proved either to be
fraudulent or exaggerated normal outcomes of human efforts and results.
Correct belief should be our primary concern, not miracles.