Divine Miracles - Why Aren't There Any Today?

What is a Miracle?

First of all, we need to be on the same page here about miracles. If we're going to discuss miracles, we need to agree on what defines a miracle, or we could be talking about two different things. If you saw Mary in your soup while you were eating dinner, good for you, but we're not going to be putting that in the miracle category.

A miracle is a sensibly perceptible interruption of the laws of nature, such that only can be explained by divine intervention.

Okay, so we know what to look for when we are talking about a miracle. Example: The prophet Moses, led the Egyptian people across the Red Sea on dry ground while the water was parted on either side. This definitely goes into the miracle category. The laws of nature were clearly interrupted, and there is no explanation, humanly speaking. There were several incidents like this one throughout the past thousand years that could be placed in the miracle category according to the Bible. I know, we weren't there and we didn't see them, but we're going through them anyway.

Old Testament Miracles

Now, in case you didn't know, there are tons of miracles recorded throughout the OT, so I'll just go through 5 of them here.

God reveals Himself to Moses through a flaming bush.

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am.""Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:1-6)

Joshua leads the Israelites across the Jordan river.

Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD -the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap." So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. (Joshua 3:9-17)

The day the Earth stood still.

On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel! (Joshua 10:12-14)

The Lord burns up the offering of Elijah.

Many is Israel were following the god Ba'al, and Elijah summoned all the people to Mount Carmel. Once there Elijah, the only prophet of the Lord, told the people to make up their minds and serve either the Lord, or Ba'al, but they said nothing. There were 450 prophets of Ba'al there, and Elijah told them to take 2 bulls, choose the one they wanted, and offer it on their dry alter to Ba'al. He told them he would do the same with his offering, and offer it to the Lord, and the one who aswered by fire was the real God. The people agreed to this and shouted for Ba'al all day, but nothing happened.

At evening it was Elijah's turn. He built up an altar out of stones, placed the other bull on it, dug a trench around it, and had the people douse it with water three times, which also filled the trench he had dug around the altar. Then Elijah prayed to God. At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again." Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD -he is God! The LORD -he is God!" (1 Kings 18:36-39)

The Lord saves Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego from the fire.

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon planned to throw Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego into a flaming furnace because they would not bow down and worship his golden statue.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king's command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?" They replied, "Certainly, O king." He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. (Daniel 3:16-27)

New Testament Miracles

Okay, we now have a few situations that qualify as miracles, as they are directly intervened, and also humanly unexplainable. Lets move on to the NT, and look at a few more miracles that have been recorded.

Jesus feeds 5,000 plus women and children.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."  Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."  "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. 

"Bring them here to me," he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.  (Matthew 14:13-21)

Jesus walks on water.

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."  "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."  "Come," he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"  And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."  (Matthew 14:25-33)

Jesus raises Lazarus from the grave.

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.  "Take away the stone," he said.  "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days."  Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.  Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."  (John 11:38-44)

Why Don't These Miracles Happen Today?

Well, whether you believe them or not, the miracles recorded in the OT and NT were big time miracles. If you saw one, you would have noticed it, but it wasn't like these things were happening all the time. Miracles in the OT reminded the people who was in control. Then when God came to Earth in the flesh, as Jesus, He did many other miracles, still reminding the people who was in control.

The people who constantly fueded with Jesus were the religious leaders; the Pharisees, the Saduccees, and the chief priests. They didn't care who Jesus was, or what He was doing, they only cared about people leaving their religion to follow Jesus. So from the start, they plotted together about how they might kill Jesus, and after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, they plotted about how they might kill Lazarus also. Their positions were that important, and they weren't about to lose their status, their power, or their authority.

After Jesus willingly gave up His life for the people of every age, tongue, and nation, He was raised three days later, and seen by the apostles and over 500 other witnesses. Before He ascended into heaven, He informed the apostles that He would be sending a Helper, whom they were to wait for and expect. The Helper, of course, is the Holy Spirit. Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit because they would have been unequipped to go out and spread the Good News without Him.

Once the apostles received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, they were then ready and able to go out and continue the work that Jesus had begun. They healed the sick, casted out demons, raised the dead, and did many of the same miracles that Jesus had done before He ascended. Even though the rulers would have been looking to take down the apostles also, the church spread like wild fire, and miracles were happening all over the place, as recorded in the book of Acts.

What does this have to do with modern day miracles?

I'm getting to that part... According to the BIble, in OT days, God spoke to the people through different prophets. After that, God came here Himself in the flesh, as Jesus. He taught us how to live, how to act, and how to love. He came here to redeem His people from sin, and once that was accomplished by Jesus' death on the cross, He then promised to be with us always, and I would like to suggest to you that by coming to us in the form of the Holy Spirit, He can be with us always and continue His work through us.

This is now how modern day miracles can take place.

Does God heal the bodies of those who are mildly, or severely ill? I believe that He can, and does, however, since it could be argued that the illness may have cleared up on its own, or there have been some kind of misdiagnosis, or whatever, I won't include such healings in this article.

Does God still feed multitudes of people who are hungry? I believe that He can, and does, however, since it could be argued that people are the ones who contribute and feed those who are hungry, I won't include those things here either. I have heard stories of hundreds of people being fed with only a few sandwiches, but perhaps it was an embellishment, or they were hiding more sandwiches within their jackets, or something like that. I've never tried it, and probably neither have you. Maybe we should try it some time.

Anyway, I'd like to address another kind of miracle, a kind that happens all the time and has to do with the heart. Hear me out because heart change is the kind of change that so many of us want, but are rarely able to achieve. Heart change is drastic, and means a total change in the way that one thinks, feels, and acts. I will use the apostle Paul as an example.

Paul's actual name was Saul. He was raised in a religious family as a Pharisee. He believed he was doing God's work by persecuting the followers of Christ. He would find them, put them in jail, torture them, and even kill some of them. He thought this was the right thing to do, he thought he was doing God's work. One day when he was traveling on the road to Damascus, he was planning to capture some more Christians and throw them in jail. This plan was foiled when a bright light shone out of the sky and stopped him, and the two others with him, dead in their tracks. Saul fell to the ground as he heard a voice say, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?" Saul then asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The voice then responded, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do". (Acts 9:1-6)

The two other men with Saul heard the voice, but saw no one. When they helped Saul up, he opened his eyes, but could not see. He did not eat or drink anything for three days until he reached the city. Once there, the Lord had someone waiting to meet him named, Ananias. Ananias knew who Saul was, and questioned God's instruction, to which God answered, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." (Acts 9:15-16)

After that, God restored Saul's sight and he stayed with the other disciples. Immediately Saul began to preach Jesus as the Son of God, and then the Jews conspired to kill him. After that, Saul was known as Paul because he was a new man. He had a total heart change based on something only God could do.

Everyone knows that people don't change, not usually by their own power anyway. That's why we have sayings like, "Once a cheater, always a cheater". People often desire to change and be different, but it rarely happens. That's why I would clasify Paul's case, and others like it as a miracle. It's something that does not naturally happen, and there is no explanation outside of divine intervention. Paul was a persecuter of Christ and His followers, and then one day he is preaching Jesus as the Son of God in the synagogues. It just doesn't make any sense. This kind of thing still continues to happen today, maybe not with a bright light, and maybe not with a loud voice from heaven, but we have proof that people undergo this exact kind of heart change with no explanation.

Maybe there are people in and around your life who have had this kind of heart change, or maybe there aren't. There are many documented instances of real people having real heart change where there is no human explanation. I will try to add some links to some of these instances as I find them because otherwise, this long article would become even longer.

Lets quickly go over some classic persecution scenarios. Things like these actually happen, they are documented, and victims have the scars and bruises to prove that they took place, if the victims survived at all.

Richard Wurmbrandt, was a follower of Christ, and he was imprisoned for many years by the Communists for that very reason. Yes, in restricted and hostile nations Christians do go to jail for just being Christian. Richard was constantly beaten and tortured by the communists in prison. The communists had no feelings, no love, no concern for human life at all. All they did was shout, and beat. One of the main goals of these communists was to get the Christians to deny Christ. Sometimes they even offered to free the prisoner, if that prisoner would just deny that Jesus Christ was Lord.

Richard, as well as other Christians that did not deny Christ, remained in prison, where they continued to be tortured for their faith. Why would anyone do that? Why wouldn't a person just say that Jesus wasn't Lord, and then go home and say, "Ha, ha, I didn't relly mean it". It just defies human reasoning, and I would suggest that it would be classified as a miracle. Why suffer for Jesus, when the option of freedom is right there? I believe that Jesus suffered for us in the first place, and that He also give strength, courage, and grace to those who are willing to suffer for His name, and not only that, but that He is right there with them in that moment as He promised to be. I believe it's divine intervention when someone is able to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ, instead of taking the easy way out. There's no other explanation for it.

There's also another part to that situation. Sometimes the persecuter gets a heart change just like Saul did, and if Saul's situation classifies as a miracle, then each situation where the persecuter suddenly repents of what has been done and turns to faith in Christ, could also be considered a miracle. Richard Wurmbrandt wrote a book called, "Tortured for Christ", which details exactly what he went through, and I believe that at least one of the Communists turned to faith in Christ. These Communists didn't care about anything. People were just like animals to them, and all they wanted to do was yell, and cause hurt. Why would one of these Communists suddenly repent of what he did, and begin to preach Jesus as the Son of God, just like Saul did long ago? It's not explainable. Only divine intervention can change a persons heart and life in that way.

These are just two of the sorts of miracles that I believe happen today. I'm sure there are many others, however, I wanted to concentrate on these two mostly, and this article has become quite long in the process.

Be blessed!

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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Dave,  I am personally aquainted with four people who have died and come back from the dead. Three of these people I consider good friends. These guys were legally and clinically dead. One woke up in the morgue. (See my hub on the one we called back like Lazurus)

I know of another good friend who had Parkinson's disease for 25 years ... and was healed. Totally.  Another friend who had Hepititus C and had a liver biopsy and was told by the Dr. she had "a new baby liver." 

I know of a guy who was feeding the homeless and had Lazania multiply like the loaves and the fishes (I wasn't there for that one, but again, this person is a friend of mine and is brutaly honest.)

I also know of fakes and pretenders. 

"Big Miracles" can and are explained away today by rationalists.  More's the pity.

Thank you for bringing to light the persecution of Believers in Jesus.  Heart miracles are needed indeed!


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

BDazzler, thanks for your testimony and great information. Thanks for also taking the time to read this bulky article. I agree, heart miracles are what we need the most. I will have to check out your Lazarus type Hub...


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

I have seen so many miracles in my life: heart-changes, healings....Miracles smaller or bigger happen every day. If you observe all this life like divine miracle, if you see perfection in God`s creation : In beautiful blue sky, in the deep see, in the powerfull mountains, in the simple flower in the garden, in all living creatures, in the smile of the child...God will show you even more magnificent miracles everywhere around. God`s creation and beauty of all what is already created on this planet (and in all Universe) is such miracle, beyond any comprehension, and God is very happy when we have open heart and eyes to perceive that and bow to that perfection.

Miracles happen non-stop. Some people perceive them, some still do not. Believe me, it is just question of level of perception..

Blessings...


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Tatjana-Mihaela, thank you for your testimony and information as well. Our level of perception is a great point. Thanks for stopping by to read the article. Blessings to you as well...


Sciantel 7 years ago

My life is a miracle. God Himself does intervene for me concerning my Lupus. I have had many unexplained incidences happen to me. First when I was 8 I was on my bike and was hit by a car. I made a miraculous recovery. My own brother miraculously stopped taking drugs overnight, saw visions of the future. He is with the Lord now. So for you to say God doesn't preform miracles in this day and age is a lie of Satan. Just so you'll know. I am one of His prophets.


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks for your testimony, and I'm glad that God's grace is able to abound in your life, no matter the situation. 

Just so you'll know, I never said that God didn't perform miracles in this day and age.  Thanks for commenting on the title though.  ;-)

By the way, it's nice to finally meet a prophet of the Lord. I always thought that Samuel was the last one.


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sunshine86 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing all these things.I can say your a bible reader and a smart person.And God given you that gift and I'm sure you make Him happy upon writing the truth about Him.Great job! Keep up!


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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

Good article.

I use to talk to the Lord: Lord please give me one miracle, not that I do not believe, but that my joy will be full. Then He gave me bunch or them. Since that time I was able to lay hands on people and they were healed.

Thanks again for very good article.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

The Bible states that all of Jesus's miracles are not included in the Bible and also that we will do more and greater miracles then he ever did. Just because it isn't written does not make that they don't happen. That is written!


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Vladimir, thanks for your testimony, and for stopping by to read the article.

Lady Guinevere, thanks for stopping by to read also. I agree, Jesus did do many more miracles, and the Bible does teach that His followers will do even more.


Sciantel 7 years ago

Thanks daveearley! Keep up the good work! I am kind of a biog mouth for the Lord. Always have been even if I get a little LOUD, I mean well. The greatst miracle for our time is those getting saved by Grace!


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks for stopping in, Sciantel. A big mouth is fine, as long as love is what's coming out of it, for what comes out of the mouth is what comes from the heart.

I agree, saved by grace. Is there any other way?

May God continue to bless you as you walk with Him...


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

Followers of Jesus-------I don't think he was discrimatory as to who his followers were....Jesus also didn't think he was doing anything that would be considered a miracle.

Blessed Be!


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Did He think He was doing miracles? Probably not, for He was only showing us how to live, love, and be close to God, but He did say, "Follow Me".

Blessings to you as well...


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I will be releasing on hub on the truth of relgion sometime in the next week(s), Read it. There are miracles going on. I got to get that hub finished!

Keep on Hubbing!


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

If one needs a miracle to believe in a God, then faith is surely dead. Jesus said, "Shall I find faith when I return?" His last name wasn't Copperfield. An act of unselfish love is the only miracle that is worthy of mention. I don't need a miracle from someone to love them. Do we need miracles from Jesus to love him? I was never impressed by the stories of his miracles. I was impressed by his words, wisdom and kindness.


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, eovery.

Tom, thanks also for reading and commenting. I would suggest that seeing a miracle is not the same thing as seeing God, so there would still have to be faith involved. Although there is wisdom in your answer about unselfish love, and not needing to receive something in order to love.

The thing that impressed me about the miracles, was that not only could He do them, but He said that we could also do them as well, if we only had faith.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

We love Jesus because he first loved us.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

All the Miracles that Jesus did are not in the Bible for it would take too many books to write them--so says the Bible. It also says that we would do many more and greater ones then he did Jesus didn't calle what he did miracles because to him they weren't.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Thanks for the hub. God, indeed, does a lot of miracles in my family. When my brother was 11 months old, he contracted diptheria. The doctor told my mother he could not help him for the disease was far too gone. My grandmother who was a Christian brought some Indian members from the church to pray for my brother for three days. My mother promised that she would become a Christian if he became well.

To cut short the story, he became well and the family became Christians. Now there are 5 generations of Christians in the family.

When my brother grew up, he was invited to go to India to preach to the Indians. He went with another preacher from Singapore. There was no rain in the town for over two years. The Indians told my brother that if God bless them with rain, they would believe there was a God. My brother and the other preacher prayed for rain and that night rain poured down and 68 people were baptized in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord God.

Please read my hubs and you will find instances of miracles. God bless.


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Einron, thanks for visiting, and thanks for sharing your wonderful testimony, as well as the miracles that you and your family have witnessed.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Dave- WOW!! "Militant Extremist Hindus"  and "International Outcry" are strong words. Anyway since out of all the captions you have highlighted India(Hindus) as persecuting Christians I humbly ask you to see this alternative perspective: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Do-I-need-...


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Countrywomen, it was not my intent to single out anyone specific. I did not write the caption, it was the only photo I found that actually contained a caption, and would go along with my final point of this Hub.

My first point was to show how some miracles can be experienced today, and then to highlight some extreme cases in other countries where Christians face persecution for their faith alone.

Thank you for commenting, and inviting me to view your perspective, which I have done.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Dave- I should have left a comment when I saw your response earlier. Anyway I do understand that it wasn't your writing but the default caption for that picture. Btw FYI hub pages allows us to enter captions instead of finding pictures with default captions.

I have a quick question since this hub is about miracles. When I see so much violence, hatred and intolerance in various parts of the world it leads me to ask this question whether God is "Powerful" enough to stop these injustices then why HE doesn't do it and if HE is powerful enough but still doesn't do it then is HE kind enough. I am aware about concepts of  free will and karma which tend to explain this but still it doesn't fill my heart with adequate answers.


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

That is a question that many people would like to know the answer to, and many people choose not to believe in God because bad things happen to good people, or even children, and various things like that.

I always thought the best explanation was that God's love is a perfecting love, and not a pampering love. If He weren't able to stop the bad things from happening, could He really be God? At the same time, if He just let people do whatever evil things they wanted, could He really be good?

Tell you what, since I have dealt with this question before, I should be able to do a Hub about my feelings on the subject in a fairly short amount of time. When it's finished, I'm sure you'll hear about it. I'll just consider this my first request. LOL

Thanks for your comments, and yes I was aware that we could make our own captions, but I didn't think it would be as good, as I could basically find a picture and then write anything I wanted in there.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Dave- I made it an official request:http://hubpages.com/request/10771/best?new LOL


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

Hi Dave what a great article. I enjoy reading it so much and so blessed about it. I'm a christian and live in Indonesia the biggest moslem country in the world. I think we experienced miracles everyday when we could live together in harmony among the differences. We could praise the Lord in the church and many miracles have happened in Indonesia too. Many people have healed from their sickness and problems. I think miracles will happened to every person if you believe it. Thank's


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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario

Yeah Dave there are still Divine Miracles these days. 

In 1917 while World War 1 was raging and just before the Russian Communist Revolution started the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared each month to three children at Fatima, Portugal.  Over 70,000 people witnessed the miracle of the sun in October of 1917.  The archives of the Portuguese newspaper articles that reported this can still be viewed.  Mary had one request that sadly has not been properly carried out as of yet.  You can read about these Miracles and Prophecies here.

http://www.earn-cash-make-money-online.com/forum/i...

Mike


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I have seen miracles of physical healing in person including a family member. Thank you for serving the Lord as He directs your path.


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marinealways24 7 years ago

It is a true "miracle" to me that anyone believes the bible as the word of God.

"Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!"

Why did your God fight for Isreal? This is favoritism.

God gave me the individual mind to determine logic. Saying this, Why would your God expect me to believe an irrational book? You think God expects me to force belief? This would be a contradiction of "free will". If God wanted me to believe the bible, he would have made it logical to all minds, not just the "follower" mind.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

God does have His favorites. No doubt about that.


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

James, thank you for your comments.

Marine, I wouldn't say it's quite the same thing as favortism. The Lord was fighting for Israel because He made a promise long before to Abraham, and because the Israelites were also following the Lord Himself. All of the others nations made gods of their own and had no intention of following the One True God, as the Bible states. However, even when the Israelites became disobedient to God, they would go into captivity and be attacked themselves. It's kind of like parental discipline, but on a much larger scale.

If there is only one God and He makes the rules, as the Bible states, then it would be logical to discipline disobedience and bless obedience.

Fast forward from the time when "the Lord was fighting for Israel" to the time of the Roman Empire, and the Bible tells us that God Himself showed up in the flesh to pay the penalty(torture and death) for mankind's sins for all time. This was love...or favortism for all people I suppose. No one deserved this sacrifice and no one could earn it. It was done out of an everlasting love. All we now had to do was accept being a "favorite".

Thanks for your comments. Have a blessed week...


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marinealways24 7 years ago

Hello Dave, Thank You for responding and answering "some" of my questions.

"then it would be logical to discipline disobedience and bless obedience."

If God interfers to "discipline", is this not contradiction of free will? If one knows there will be consequence, fear of consequence imposes on free will of actions.

"All we now had to do was accept being a "favorite". Explain this comment please.

Thank You.


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Hello Marine,

I wouldn't say that it is interfering with free will because we still have the choice to do whatever, however, the Bible teaches that if we are disobedient things will happen as consequences to that disobedience, whatever it may be, and if we are obedient, good things will happen based on that obedience.

I would say that most parents set rules in place for their kids disobedience or obedience to them. This isn't obstructing their free will, rather, letting them know that certain things will happen when they make this choice or that choice. The choice is still theirs to take whatever it may be.

When we reach adulthood we don't tend to think about these things anymore like when we were younger, but the Bible does teach that we pay the consequences for the choices that we make, good or bad, and that God allows it and is in complete control of it.

As far as being a "favorite", I'll try to explain what I mean in short order: The Old Testament tells us that mankind fell away from fellowship with God in the beginning because of sin, or disobedience. The Bible also tells us that the wages of sin is death. Being holy, God can't have anything to do with sin, which is what mankind became plagued with.

For thousands of years mankind attemped to reach God through their own means because of this reason, however, such a thing was not possible. When God gave the Israelites "The Law", they thought that they could get to God by keeping The Law (which no man has ever successfully done). They used to sacrifice animals on a daily basis to try and pay the penalty for their sins, but this did not work out. The guilt remained and they just had to do it over and over again because of their sins.

Eventually, God had a plan to take care of this Himself through the work of Jesus Christ. Several prophets recorded throughout the Old Testament fortold the coming of Jesus and the things that He would do. When Jesus began His ministry, go figure, it was the religious leaders who were against Him because they were still trying to get to God by keeping The Law, which again, no one was able to do.

After about 3 years of ministry, Jesus eventually gave up His own life to pay the penalty of sin for all mankind (that's all time). This was a complete sacrifice out of love for mankind. Jesus left His rightful place with God, took on the form of a man, and was tortured, ridiculed and killed. While He was up on the cross, God placed the sins of mankind upon Him, which in turn freed us from sin and death. To prove the sacrifice was acceptable to God, Jesus was raised from the dead, seen by hundreds of people, and then ascended into heaven.

The only thing that mankind had to do after this was to accept the sacrifice that Jesus made. I used the word "favorite", but I believe that God loves all people equally, however, it is only each of us individually who can choose to accept the sacrifice that He made by realizing what He did for us, and choosing to turn away from a life of sin (aka disobedience to God). When we do this, God seals us with the Holy Spirit to let us know that we are His children, while we wait for His return, and while we work for His kingdom.

Most people are in fact offended by this because most people believe that they can make their own way to God, or to heaven based on their efforts, but the Bible teaches that this has never been the case. Only the work of Christ could bridge the gap between God and man that had been made long ago.

If you have any other questions or comments feel free to post them, and thanks for your comments. Have a great night!


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marinealways24 7 years ago

Hello Dave, Thank You for "attempting" to answer my questions. I'm not trying to grill you or be hard on you, but I repeat:

"God gave me the individual mind to determine logic. Saying this, Why would your God expect me to believe an irrational book? You think God expects me to force belief? This would be a contradiction of "free will". If God wanted me to believe the bible, he would have made it logical to all minds, not just the "follower" mind."


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Hello Marine,

The first thing that I'd like to ask is where does this free will come in?  I know we talk a lot about free will and all, but in all actuality there are many things that we cannot do.  However, we do always have the ability to make a choice in various situations, and what happens will often times depend on the choices that we do make.  

You've obviously read the Bible, or at least parts of it, but free will isn't really discussed.  In fact, the Bible teaches that God is in control of any situation at any time, and that we only know what we know because it has been allowed by God.  Does this make sense?  

Let me use a couple of examples:  During Jesus' ministry, He took His disciples aside and asked them who the people said He was.  The disciples told Jesus that some were calling Him John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the other prophets.  Then Jesus asked them, "But who do you say I am?"  Immediately, Peter spoke up, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!"  When Peter said this, Jesus told him that he did not come to this conclusion on his own, but that God had revealed it to him.  

A similar thing happened to two followers right after the resurrection of Jesus.  Jesus showed up walking alongside of them as they were discussing things that had just happened, but they did not recognize Jesus because it was hidden from them, until they invited Him in with them and He broke the bread.  

There are many other instances where the Bible teaches that we only know what we know because God has allowed it, and that we can only do what we can do because He has also allowed that.  So we do have the freedom to make our own choices, but you can't really say that we are free to do whatever we want, whenever we want to.  

We all have many questions about God and about things that we don't know, but the fact is, we aren't God so we can't really come to a conclusive fact about why He would do this, or why He would do that.  If we knew everything that there was to know, then we would really be like God, but we're not.  

So, there really is no force belief.  We choose, but what we can do and what we know is limited.  Many things within the Bible may seem illogical, however, if nothing is impossible for a God who created all things, then nothing can really be illogical either.  

Thanks for commenting, and have a blessed week!


Michael Allerton 7 years ago

I grew up in a Christian home and with Jewish geneology. I am a Christian because of what I've seen in Biblical supernatural. I will not pretend God works miracles at the pleasure of the church. However, my first encounter with Jesus was when I fell in a pool at about 4 years of age and left my body. I ended up in Jesus arms (Abrahams bosom) and was sent back. This encounter was brief, but it left an impression on my mind.

I have prayed for those who have been instantly healed and others who have not.Two years ago I was talking to a truck driver that happened to be Catholic. We were talking about Jesus and His works. Suddenly he started shouting that his eyes were healed. This was in a truck stop while it was quite busy. He went on to describe is visual dysfunction. Richard Rasner was losing his peripheral vision and wasn't going to pass his d.o.t. physical. Jesus met with us and healed him because "where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." (I am generally a Protestant, but believe Catholics are saved if sincerely following Christ.)

I believe there are seasons in the life of the believers that God works in demonstrative more frequently. We are to be steady in proclaiming His word "in season and out of season." Another scripture in Psalms tells us that "He that goeth forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall come again rejoicing bringing in the sheaves." Seasons of miracle are a result of those who will co-labor with the Lord in bearing seed into the field of the world, with weeping (which probably means deep intercessory prayer). On the negative side of this God often will withdraw his supernatural because people can develop bad motives. Some go on T.V. and try to Sell a miracle.

You'll notice, that after creation God always worked with people. The ark wasn't built without Noah. God's chosen people didn't just self generate, God used Abraham. The Red Sea didn't part without Moses and his Rod. Elijah built the altar and called on God, then the fire fell. The walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt by the return exiles. Jeremiah prophesied this, Nehemiah organized it, God empowered them in it.

In the upper room the 120 were in constant prayer. "Suddenly" the Holy Spirit empowered them with Dunamis power. They knew Jesus, but they didn't know what it would be like when he "suddenly" showered them with the Holy Spirit.

When you walk with Him, you are open to HIS sudden appearances in your life.


Tim Blaisdell 7 years ago

I happened upon this interesting post while searching for articles about miracles, what they are, and whether they occur today. You and your readers may be interested to read my own thoughts on this subject on my blog at:

http://timblaisdell.blogspot.com/2008/06/miracles-...

http://timblaisdell.blogspot.com/2008/07/more-on-m...


A Believer 6 years ago

The time has come for the church and its saints, by the spirit and will of GOD, to catch as many fish as possible, as the end nears.

Miracles are for the unbeliever. Promises are for the believers.

Moses believed and God kept his promise.

There must be miracles made mainfest for the unbelievers to come forth. Problem is, not enough believers will step out on faith and allow GOD to move thru them. And I believe I too have the spirit of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.

Peace.


Whit Hagemann 6 years ago

I have seen and experienced true miracles that have been extremely divine! I myself have been healed of an injury that happened to my foot while skateboarding. it was truly of GOD! A girl at a bible study i go to "Cassie" experienced my pain in her foot. I had nothing to do with her pain and i didn't even tell her i had pain. she just asked the whole bible study group if anyone had a pain in there left foot and i did. so i raised my hand and told her i did. then she prayed for me afterwards with one other guy named "mike" and they kept praying for healing in the name of JESUS! Then sure enough the pain went completely away!!! Now i am on a ministry team for a thing we do at our church called "Night of Healing Prayer" and i witness miracles like this all the time for other people!!!! :)


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lone77star 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Dave, this is a beautiful Hub. And yes, miracles still happen... and I'm not talking "ordinary" miracles, but "extraordinary" miracles -- the kind that transcend physical law.

Keep up the good work.


Cheryl 5 years ago

Please pray for me in this New Year. I am praying for strength in the lord, a financial miracle, if the Lord wants for me to have 2nd job until debt is paid back.

My grandson Matthew who has been showing some inappropriate behaviors.

My health and weight issues. All these things weigh heavily on me.

Thank you

Cheryl

If you email me please use my personal email:  cherylmhaurik@gmail.com


Lateisha davini 4 years ago

I have this rainbow light surrounding me. Im praying for a miracle on my eyes because my vision is complicated with provlems . One time I found a picture of an angel with rainbow wings. I have the rainbow photos facebook. I even see rainbow colors when I close my eyes .i see a gold orb too..thats how gid appeared to mary before jesus was born in the jehovah witness bible. Would you please check out my rainbow pictures. I do ththis with a waterhose almost everyday. I would like your comments on what you think it is.the pictures in my album on facebook will have you wondering.


lol 4 years ago

lol My comment is rather short.


Joseph 3 years ago

Just to let you know...God the Father sent me to this site so I could understand a little more about miracles.....Now that's a miracle.


James 2 years ago

I am a non believer, however I recently read an article regarding "proving" that the bible is the word of god, and not man. The article was incredibly well written and had me rethinking. That was of course until I read this article and all the "believers" responses.

The justifications for Gods often terrible acts in the bible are just outlandish and illogical. And this page has pushed me further to non-belief


uknow 11 months ago

Jesus said we can do these things even greater.His main teaching was meditation but the churches don't make that prevelent. Its all light work healing, the miracles & starts with your 3rd eye then utilizing our chakras.


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Natalie Frank 11 days ago from Chicago, IL

I believe in miracles and have been blessed to have had several enacted through me. I have worked in health care environments my whole career and have never met a doctor that didn't have at least one patient who they had told to go home and get their affairs in order only to come back for a final test to find whatever the problem was it had miraculously disappeared, including a cancerous tumor in a woman the size of a double grapefruit with the cancer having spread throughout her body. The next test it was gone, no cancer found in her lymph system or anywhere else. Even the least religious doctor has had or knows of such experiences and is comfortable saying, "Yes, it happens. I just don't try to explain it." While we are not supposed to rely upon miracles happening we can keep our hearts open to the possibility of one and pray for it.

That being said, I'd just like to make one other comment. I realize you story was intended to have a certain slant to it. At the same time please be careful of how you phrase certain things and what you include as it can cause misunderstandings of history and situations. For example, you state, "Richard Wurmbrandt, was a follower of Christ, and he was imprisoned for many years by the Communists for that very reason. Yes, in restricted and hostile nations Christians do go to jail for just being Christian." When speaking of communism, Christians went to jail for being Christians, and Jews went to jail for being Jews, and Muslims went to jail for being Muslim . . . The movement was looking to create an atheist state so every religious person or person of any faith went to jail and was tortured and beaten. One of your main points is that "One of the main goals of these communists was to get the Christians to deny Christ." Actually, this is not precisely accurate. One of their main goals was to get anyone of any faith to deny G-d and his existence. This was not something that was reserved for Christians.

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