Looking back at my life there are so many things that have happened that I wrote off as just luck, coincidence, or I didn’t even pay them any mind, but now when I look back at them I can see they really were miracles. I think one of the reasons that we are so hesitant to call something a miracle is that there is only one person on earth that can do miracles and that is God. Therefore if we truly event to a miracle occurring we are also at the same time acknowledging that there is a God that has control of everything.
Let’s briefly look at the definitions of the two words. The best definition I heard was that miracles are “the production of events which are beyond the causal powers of the natural entities existing at the relevant time and place.” Using this as the definition for miracles, a coincidence would be an occurrence that once examined, although highly unlikely, still has a logical or scientific explanation for its occurrence. It doesn’t always come down to just possibilities. It more often comes down to probabilities.
An example of a true miracle might be a cancer patient with a malignant tumor that has been aggressively growing and then suddenly is completely gone. I know personally of one such case that happened to a good friend of mine. There is no medical explanation for it. Medical doctors are consistently coming across situations like this that despite all their training, they cannot explain. There were no entities active at the time and place which would account for such a thing.
The Bible is full of miracles, both in the prophecies in the Old Testament to the miracles that were performed by Jesus and his disciples in the New Testament.
He was just one of the prophecies explained with the probabilities;
‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? … He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him … they pierced my hands and my feet … They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.’
‘He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.’
‘And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced.’
This was prophesied about 400 years before crucifixion was even invented. Not only that, take a look at what they said about what would happen. “My God, My God”, this is what Jesus said as He hung on the cross. “Pierced hands and feet”, which depicted the type of death, i.e., on the cross. “They cast lots for His garments”, which is what the people did with Jesus’ clothes. “Not one of His bones broken”, this actually went against the custom of crucifixion, but it was perfectly fulfilled by Christ as they did not break His bones because He died so quickly, instead they pierced His side with a sword.
Probability Of This Bible Prophecy Happening By Chance?
= 1 In 10,000,000,000,000 (10 trillion)
This is just one of over 125 Bible prophecies concerning Christ in the Old Testament. Nowhere in the world can we find such accurately predicted future events that come to pass exactly to the letter. How would these mere humans know these things unless they were inspired by a supernatural power (God), revealing these future events? The Bible in so many places indicates that it is of divine origin, and all the prophecies contained in it are proof of that divine hand. To argue with this would be a denial of clear historical facts.
The bottom line is that when one person believes an event to be unlikely it does not matter whether or not that person knows much about the event. In fact, if one person has a great deal of experience with a given event and another doesn’t, the one person will cite it as a natural course of events and the latter will attribute it to a miracle.
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