An act of God: Miracle

everything-is-a-miracleWhat is a Miracle?

A miracle can be defined as an act of God that causes a good outcome.

Miracles are extraordinary acts of providence which should not be conceived, properly speaking, as violations of the laws of nature, but as the production of events which are beyond the causal powers of the natural entities existing at the relevant time and place.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1.1)

The Miracle Of Creation
This act of creation took place “in the beginning” this act miracle of creation tells us our origin, gives reason for believing in heaven as our destiny, and assures us of all the miracles in between.

There are two types of miracle:

  1. Miracles that break the laws of nature.
  2. Miracles that are happy coincidences.

The Concept of Miracle

The God of the Bible is portrayed as being:

Transcendent – separate from and superior to the physical world
(Beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience)
Incorporeal – having no body
(“a supreme but incorporeal being called God”)
Timeless & eternal – Exists outside time and space in eternity
The “eternal” God is he who was in the beginning, is now, and will be in all the future, “who is, who was, and who will be” (Rev. 1:4).

Most of the miracle stories contained in the gospels are legendary or at least are dressed up with legends. But there can be no doubt that Jesus did such deeds, which were, in his and his contemporaries’ understanding, miracles, that is, deeds that were the result of supernatural, divine causality. Doubtless he healed the sick and cast out demons.

Examples of Miracles in the Bible:
Old Testament
Moses parting the Red Sea – Exodus 14:5-31
Joshua and the Walls of Jericho – Joshua 6:1-16
Joshua and the Sun standing still – Joshua 10:1-15
Elijah and the priests of Baal – 1 Kings 18:20-40
Elisha healing Naaman of leprosy 2 Kings 5:1-27
Isaiah causing a shadow to move backwards – 2 Kings 20:1-11

New Testament
The Virgin Birth – Matthew 1:18-25
Feeding of the Five Thousand – Mark 6:30-44
Jesus walks on water – Mark 6:45-52
Cure of a Paralytic – Luke 5:17-26
Gerasene Demoniac – Luke 8:26-39
Jesus’ Resurrection – John 20:1 – 21:25
Peter cures a lame man – Acts 3:1-10
Peter’s miraculous deliverance – Acts 12:1-19
Paul and Silas’ miraculous deliverance – Acts 16:25-40

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