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."
There are at least four DISTINCT types of miracles: those of timing,
those of intervention, those of developments, and those of substance where
physical material is either being created or changed outside of normal
physical law. All four are represented in the life and activities of Yeshua.
What introduces a LOT of ambiguity is the natural human dimension of
empowerment, which may be latent or somehow stimulated or activated in the
life of certain individuals. Many miracles may actually be explained by
actual--intended or not--human empowerment. The author does not doubt that
there have been people who could do substantial healing; however this
ability can blossom and then subside or be lost.
The word "miracle" is often misapplied to any unexpected or
extraordinarily good development, and this article will not
deal with that aspect any further.
Another ambiguity is that some people have demonstrated that they can
restore certain functionality or stimulate or induce internal organic growth
in themselves through what is called "visualization therapy" over the course
of some time, such as a few months. This would take a lot of concentration
and effort to visualize the intended growth as often as possible throughout
the day. This type of "miracle" is very uncommon, maybe because not everyone
may have this ability, and the efficacy may be conditioned by conviction of
belief and other factors. This type is also obviously VERY difficult to
validate or document.
Of course, a lot of ambiguity is introduced by fraud and chicanery.
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 Yeshua 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 intellect and choice volition. The true follower/believer does NOT point to miracles to persuade, but
rather appeals to reason and elegance to inspire better belief. Yeshua did plenty of
miracles, yet those did NOT induce a paradigm change, 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.
Of course, miracles are NOT the answer for the real believer still living
under a sentence of death in the "human condition". They are no substitute
for entering the kingship of the heavens.
Can we not see that orrect belief and unity should be our
primary concern, not miracles?