ARE MIRACLES POSSIBLE?

This article is adapted from Jason’s book The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions.

C.S. Lewis said, “If we admit God, must we admit miracle? Indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain.” However, men like Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) and David Hume (1711-1776) argued against miracles. Spinoza claimed that the laws of nature can’t change—but miracles did just that. Miracles are a violation of natural laws. Hume, on the other hand, denied the credibility of miracles on account of them being rare and lacking eyewitness testimony.

Despite Spinoza and Hume’s attempts to refute miracles, the evidence for miracles is overwhelming. We live in a theistic universe. The fact that the universe was created with intelligent design and that objective morality is binding on all humankind points to God.

Miracles are not hard to believe when you consider that the greatest miracle took place when God created the universe (Gen. 1:1; Job 26:10; Ps. 33:6; Jer. 10:12). Once the universe is explained by the order of a Creator, then parting the Red Sea, turning water into wine, and Jesus rising from the dead are easy!

Simply put, a miracle is a special act of God that interrupts the regular or natural course of events. Often a miracle confirms a message of God through a messenger of God. Peter rose up and proclaimed these words on the day of Pentecost, “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know” (Ac. 2:22).

Application – resources linked below

Many people are looking for a miracle in their life. The fact that God created the heavens and the earth and sent His Son to forgive you of your sins is an incredible miracle that shouldn’t be taken for granted. By doubting that miracles exist is to doubt God’s power and ability to perform them. If this has been an area of doubt, put your faith back in God and start believing Him for the unbelievable!

Bible References

Gen. 1-2; Ex. 7:14-25; Num. 22:21-35; 2 Kgs. 13:21; Matt. 9:27-31; Mk. 7:31-37; Jn. 2:1-11; 11:38-44; 21:1-14

Books

Miracles and the Modern Mind: A Defense of Biblical Miracles (Norman Geisler)

Miracles (C.S. Lewis)

Websites

leaderu.com – Miracles and Modern Scientific Thought (Dr. Norman Geisler)

DVDs

Does God Exist? Building the Scientific Case (TrueU)

YouTube

The One Minute Apologist Channel: Are Miracles Possible? (Dr. Norman Geisler)