DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

I once read about a Christian college student who became engaged in a debate with an agnostic professor about the validity of the Bible’s recording of miracles.  The professor did not believe in miracles; he believed that everything can be logically explained or proven by science.  In the course of the exchange between them, the professor tried to explain away the crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites when they were fleeing with Moses from the Egyptian army.  The professor pointed out that probably some of the bottom of the Red Sea is rock.  His explanation to his class was that there may have been sections of the Red Sea that were shallow; some sections being only a few inches deep.  So the Israelites would have been able to cross the sea in safety.

The college student paused a moment and then replied to the professor:  “If the Israelites were able to cross the Red Sea in safety, the real miracle is that the entire Egyptian army, including the horses, drowned in just a few inches of water!”

A lot of time and effort is spent by unbelievers trying to explain away the miracles that are recorded in the Bible, as well as the miracles that still occur every day.  People tend to ignore or pass off as coincidence stories of miracles in our everyday life.  My daughter’s life was spared through the power of prayer by a merciful and compassionate God.  I have found that whenever I try to tell people about her miraculous healing, they tend to change the subject or just act bored or disinterested.  I get the feeling that they just humor me or think of me as one of those fanatical religious people or that they just don’t believe me.

Have we become so blasé and sophisticated in our thinking that it is becoming impossible to believe in the miracles that God performs every day?  Judging from the popular television shows about half-dead zombies and supernatural beings, it would seem that there is an interest in the after-life.  Then, why is it so hard for some people to believe in Jesus, the only one who has ever conquered death and risen from the grave to walk among his followers?

Jesus said:  “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:  ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  Otherwise they might see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’”  Matthew 13:14-15