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Days of Miracles —Gone or Still Going on?

Posted in Qualitus : Habitus by chawnghilh on December 5, 2009

Is it true that the days of miracles have passed?

This question might be answered with one word for some, but it needs more than that for discerning readers. Paul wrote, “Brethren, do not be children in understanding . . . be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). The short answer would be “No, the days of miracles have certainly not passed.”

And why not? Because the God of miracles past never changes, and all things are possible with Him (Luke 1:37; James 1:17). So miracles still happen as they once did (might be in Tripura and Bawngkawn, Aizawl too). Personal testimonies from many who live today confirm this truth.

On the other hand, some believing people say, “Yes, the days of miracles have passed.” These folks note that Bible miracles came in bunches: in Moses’ time and again with Elijah and Elisha. The last great bunch of miracles was during the ministry of Christ and the early apostolic church. This suggests to them that God does not always deal with people in the same way and that signs and wonders may accompany the transition from one era, or dispensation, to another. (First Corinthians 13:8-10 and Hebrews 2:3, 4 are used to support this position.)

The view that miracles have ceased is not often heard in our circles, and we’re not promoting it here. It does illustrate, however, that the whole subject is not simple. If genuine, indisputable miracles were every day occurrences, would any honest Christian be trying to explain why there are none? It is important to think what we mean by miracles. Some use the word loosely to describe any event that incites wonder, awe, or worship. A lovely sunset or sunrise, normal childbirth, recovery from serious illness, escape from pending disaster, or an accident with no serious injury: Each of these may be called a miracle, especially in the afterglow of it happening. All of us appreciate these kinds of miracles, and we thank God for them. For observers of a more rational mindset, however, these and similar occurrences are commonplace, easily explained by laws of nature or random chance. While gladly granting that God is ultimately responsible for all the every day beauties and graces of life, such people suggest that it is unnecessary and unhelpful to apply the word miracle to them.

For them, them word should be used in a more restricted sense. It applies to an event in which some natural law is suspended and a thing happens that cannot be explained by coincidence, luck, chance, or the law of averages — but only by the intervention of God. With this definition and caveat, real miracles are not as frequent as some religious people affirm.

Miracles are seen by eyes of faith and not easily proven to disbelievers, who can always fi nd another way to explain an unusual event. Those who investigate miracle stories and claims of supernatural healing usually fi nd that these are diffi cult to verify. The authenticity of any miracle from heaven is bound in the hearts and lives of those who experience it and is not easily demonstrated to others. The perceptive Christ-follower should believe God’s Word about miracles, without necessarily believing every other claim and testimony about them. This answer does not doubt God’s ability; rather it raises the question whether every sensational story we hear or read is indeed a bona fide miracle.

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