The following articles are related to the topic of MIRACLES

David Hume and Miracles

David Hume (1711-1776), a Scottish philosopher, was an agnostic, i.e., he did not believe there is sufficient evidence to justify the confident affirmation that God exists. In 1748, the scholar issued his famous volume, Essays Concerning Human Understanding. In that book is a brief chapter simply titled: "Of Miracles." In the edition I have before me, this section consists of ... read more »

Those “Testimonies” Regarding Miracles

They flow from my computer and across my desk. I am speaking of those "testimonies"; testimonies that detail the most incredible "supernatural experiences" imaginable. These experiences supposedly have happened to the correspondents personally or, more often than not, to someone they know, or about whom they have heard. One gentleman tells of the time when his father accidentally cut off ... read more »

Science and Miracles

Some scientists are very humble. They investigate God's creation and are awed by it. Sir Isaac Newton, perhaps the greatest scientist who ever lived, after surveying the intricate design of the planetary system, affirmed that such "could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." Johann Kepler, one of the premier astronomers of history, once ... read more »

A Misguided Statement Regarding Miracles

Genuine miracles, as such events are depicted in the sacred Scriptures, were amazing phenomena. They were manifestations of the awesome power of the Almighty God. While it certainly is true that God employed miracles in the creation of the Universe (cf. Gen. 1; Psa. 33:6-9; Heb. 11:3), it also is a fact that supernatural events mostly were used as tools ... read more »

Modern Miracles—True or False?

Some years ago I prepared an essay titled: A Study of Divine Providence . In that piece I pointed out, among other things, that although God is providentially working in today's world through his natural laws, the Lord is not performing "miracles" in this age. In response to that article, I received an irate letter from a Pentecostal reader who ... read more »

Feigned Miracles and Gullible People

There are hucksters in religion, and multitudes fall for them. Let me give you a couple of recent examples. "Raised from the Dead!" As I took the envelope from my mailbox, I saw the large letters across the top: Raised From The Dead! Instinctively, I knew two things: - This was a money-raising scam. - There would be no proof ... read more »

Why I Don’t Believe in Miracles

The affirmation cited above reflects the title of a recent article that appeared in Newsweek magazine (Hefner 2000, 61). It was authored by Philip Hefner, a professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Hefner's essay is mostly about his objections to "miracles" today, based upon his observations of the regularity of nature, his association with ... read more »

What About that Two-Stage Miracle?

"In Mark 8:22-26 there is the record of where Jesus healed a blind man. Why did Christ put his hands on the man twice, to restore his sight? Was his power inadequate on the first try?" Let us carefully consider the facts of this case. For the record, we cite the full text (which has no parallel in the other ... read more »

Teresa’s “Miracle” En Route to “Sainthood”

According to recent news reports, the Roman Catholic nun, who was affectionately known as "Mother" Teresa (cf. Mt. 23:9), is being given the "rush" status en route to her expected "sainthood."The highly acclaimed lady, so applauded for her work in poverty-stricken India, died in 1997. Normally at least five years must pass before the process leading to "sainthood" is initiated.However, ... read more »

Miracles in the Book of Acts

When we think about miracles in the New Testament, we often consider the miracles of Christ in the Gospel accounts. There are, however, many miracles recorded in the book of Acts. A survey of these miraculous works is worthy of our reflection. Remember, Jesus Christ revealed to his disciples that they would have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, after the ... read more »