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"For 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
Updated: 06/08/2021

For a rather extensive and adequate general treatment of miracles see:

https://infogalactic.com/info/Miracle and https://infogalactic.com/info/Gift_of_miracles

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."

Types of Miracles

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.

Miracle Ambiguities

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.

Benevolent Interference

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.

Miracles Not Enough

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?

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