How Important is it for Modern Christians to Believe in Miracles?

 

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Miracles happened in Jesus’earthly life, and have continued to occur through out history. It is part of our Christian faith to pray for miracles for healing of our love ones. But is it possible we may (sometimes) be praying for the wrong things? Rather than praying for God to intervene against his natural laws, should we be praying for strength, courage and guidance for all parties? Do some people lose faith in God because he selects not to intervene and heal illnesses that are (normally) impossible to heal? Would you allow an unanswered prayer – for healing – to interfere with your Christian faith?

My Christian faith and belief in Jesus Christ are not centered or dependent on miracles. Jesus’ miracles were especially needed in the first century A.D. to convince his polytheistic followers that he was the true Son of the only God.

The center of my Christian faith is based on “the life and the  mind of the human Jesus.”His life models the way to live and demonstrates how imperfect humans may reach out and upward and make decisions to give of themselves with love and caring for the needs of others.

Miracles today, reveal the power and activity of God continuously in the world, but for me, they are secondary to the central message of Jesus Christ. The power of God is real but I am more moved by the love, compassion and forgiveness of God rather than a dependence on or fear of his power.

Finally, I am convinced that the life, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ is real. It is backed by multiple historical reports of the Gospels as well as other historical records. There is no doubt in my mind that the miracle of the resurrection occurred and it stands forever as the foundation of our Christian faith.

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3 thoughts on “How Important is it for Modern Christians to Believe in Miracles?

  1. John 20:29, “Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

    Because God is greater than I am, I have no right to say what He can or can not do. I believe God is still very active in the lives here on earth, unlike some sects of Christianity, but I do believe God has a great understanding of what ways of intervention are best for each individual or for each culture. Just because we do not see miracles as represented in the Bible, does not mean they are not still happening. 🙂

  2. edwin2026 says:

    This is false dichotomy of miracle v Bible. Would you believe Jesus’ claim to be Son of God if let’s say there are absolutely NO miracle performed (no healing, no exorcism, no resurrection and so on) in the Bible?

    Those who quote John 20: 29 never bothered to see that it is word aimed at Thomas’ doubt of resurrection even after multiple sign performed and Jesus’ proclamation that He will rise on third day and not to be applied universally to all kinds of situation.

    It is more consistent interpretation rather than semi-cessationist version considering that God has consistently performed multiple signs to make people believe the message, whether it is in Old Testament or New Testament.

    If we are told to believe any person or ideology claimed divine origin without any mean of authentication, then it would be more rational for me to conclude that either he is a cultist or scammer.

  3. nonsupernaturalist says:

    Are our pastors telling us the truth?

    Are Christian pastors honest with their congregations regarding the evidence for the Resurrection? Is there really a “mountain of evidence” for the Resurrection as our pastors claim or is the belief in the Resurrection based on nothing more than assumptions, second century hearsay, superstitions, and giant leaps of faith?

    You MUST read this Christian pastor’s defense of the Resurrection and a review by one of his former parishioners, a man who lost his faith and is now a nonbeliever primarily due to the lack of good evidence for the Resurrection:

    -A Review of LCMS Pastor John Bombaro’s Defense of the Resurrection-

    (copy and paste this article title into your browser to find and read this fascinating review of the evidence for the Resurrection)

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