Humanists Refuse The Evidence of Miracles
Did the Bible writers err concerning miracles?
THE CLAIMED PROBLEM: When examined in the light of experience and reason, the Bibles claims about supernatural occurrences do not warrant belief. Our experience is that the natural world operates according to principles of regularity which are never violated. We also know from experience that many people are often mistaken or dishonest. Thus, its far more likely the Bible writers either erred or lied than the laws of nature were violated.
God has done supernatural miracles just so that humanist will have no excuse... they cannot say that God did not tell them He exists. God not only has told them, He has provided irrefutable evidence.
Let's look at the assertions in the above statement one at a time:
When examined in the light of experience and reason, the Bibles claims about supernatural occurrences do not warrant belief.
Why not? The humanist tries to answer this question...
Our experience is that the natural world operates according to principles of regularity which are never violated.
There are so many things wrong with this statement!
Limiting your conclusions to "our experience" is not a valid limitation. There are many things you have not directly experienced that you know to be true. For example, you have not experienced anything that happened before you were born. How do you know history is real?
As I pointed out previously, your statement that the "world operates according to principles of regularity" is different from what has been stated before. The implication is that it means the same thing as has been discussed (here and here), and it sounds good and scientific... but that is false. And while the principles of regularity are not violated (as you say), that does not mean what you imply. In other words, this statement is either an error or a lie.
Definition:The principles of regularity state that a moderately large number of items chosen at random form a large group are almost sure on the average to possess the characteristic of the large group. This principle states that when a sample is chosen at random, it is likely to possess almost the same characteristics and qualities to the universe.
Notice that the principles of regularity do not include certainty. They allow for historical events that are not consistent with the majority of events. Meaning that, based on the principles of regularity, supernatural events are allowed.
We also know from experience that many people are often mistaken or dishonest.
That is a true statement, which also applies to every humanist.
Thus, its far more likely the Bible writers either erred or lied than the
laws of nature were violated.
Why is it "far more likely?" How does the humanist arrive at that conclusion without any evidence? This propaganda technique is simply called assertion. You assert something is true without backing up that assertion with sound reasoning or evidence. Based on the above, it is equally true the the humanist who wrote their web page either erred or lied than God's sovereignty to act supernaturally was violated.
Where is the evidence?
We can't do a study of all of scripture, so I'm going to limit our search for evidence to Jesus' miracles. Jesus probably did thousands of miracles, at times healing ALL who came to him. 37 of them are recorded in the four gospels. The evidence they actually happened is overwhelming:
- Jesus' miracles were done in public. They were not done in secret or just for a select group of followers.
- Jesus' miracles were instantaneous and complete. And no magical formula was used, nor paraphernalia, nor prayer.
- Jewish sources, such as Josephus and the Talmud ( tHul2:22-23, the Babylonian Sanhedrin43a-b, and Babylonian Sanhedrin107b) attest to Jesus' miracles, attributing them to sorcery.
- The enemies of Jesus, including rabbis, scribes and Pharisees, claimed that Jesus was a sorcerer who led Israel astray. While His Jewish enemies tried to trick Him, trap Him, and discredit Him, they never claimed His miracles didn't happen.
- The reports of His miracles were written in the gospels and circulated publicly during the lifetimes of people who witnessed them. If they had not happened as described, witnesses would have come forward to discredit Him and all of Christianity. The Jewish leaders, in particular, woulud have been very pleased to have witnesses who could discredit Jesus. But those Jewish leaders had also witnessed His miracles and coluld not deny them.
John P. Meier writes: "Viewed globally, the tradition of Jesus' miracles is more firmly supported by the criteria of historicity than are a number of other well-known and often readily accepted traditions about his life and ministry. . . . Put dramatically but with not too much exaggeration: if the miracle tradition from Jesus' public ministry were to be rejected in toto as unhistorical, so should every other Gospel tradition about him." (From the book , A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, volume 2, page 630)
Conclusion: The Bible writers neither lied nor erred. They accurately reported the miracles of Jesus, just as they happened.
So now the humanists turn in another direction to show there are no miracles. They call it the: Harms of the Supernatural Outlook
Because of believing that supernatural beings control the world, people have often misdirected their energies in attempting to solve problems. Instead of studying the world to discover scientific solutions to problems, they performed religious activities in an effort to obtain the assistance of benevolent supernatural beings or thwart the influence of malicious ones.
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