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Miracles: Truth or Fiction?

Happy Anniversary! Blessed Quietness is quickly approaching it's one year anniversary! In celebration of what the Lord has accomplished through this blog, the last few posts of the year will be quite different from what you've previously read each week. We will focus on the topic of miracles and end with the Virgin Birth. For those who are familiar with and used to the format of Blessed Quietness, hang in there with me as we examine the topic of miracles for the next few posts. My prayer is that the Lord will bless you in the process with me.

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"I believe...I believe...it's silly but I believe."

Are miracles impossible? The question regarding miracles is rather significant. If you come to the conclusion that miracles are impossible and therefore, do not occur, what you believe about Christianity will be greatly impacted. If you determine that miracles are simply impossible, then it will call into question the validity of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and Acts. Why would this be the case? The four Gospels and Acts mention the occurrence of miracles and promote these as events that actually happened. If you decide that miracles are impossible occurrences, by your own admission, you deny the veracity of the four Gospels and Acts.

Parting Thought & Scripture. Scottish philosopher David Hume wrote Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 1 and in this well-known essay he defined a miracle as "[a] violation of the laws of nature; and because firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the case against a miracle is--just because it is a miracle--as complete as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined to be."2 We will consider Hume's definition of a miracle in the next post together and the implications of his definition.

Before we meet again, take a look at Luke 1:31-35. 





1 David Hume, "An Enquiry of Understanding," Harvard Classics Volume 37 [P.F. Collier & Son, 1910]: Section X.
2  Ibid.

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