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Part 4 ~ Miracles: Gospel Truth

Reasons to Believe. Despite the questions raised against the veracity of miracles, there are some points to consider and reasons to believe that the miracles depicted in the Gospels and Acts are true. Below are some reasons to seriously consider for the veracity of miracles:

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"This very day in the town of David, there was born for you a Deliverer who is the Messiah"
Luke 2:11
  • Public Performance: Miracles were performed by Jesus in public for both His followers and those who did not believe.
  • Works and Words of Jesus Intertwined: Jesus' life and ministry was closely intertwined with His spoken words. If we removed the miracles from Scripture, much of the Gospel accounts would not be coherent or make logical sense.
  • Primary Purpose of Miracles: To verify what the Prophets foretold in the Old Testament of the messianic age.
  • Presented as Historical Events: The miracles that Jesus performed were in keeping with His character and the character of God who sent His Son to earth as Emmanuel, "God With Us."1
Consider the Zeitgeist. Certainly we consider the cultural nuances and times in which we live, and especially when we encounter a culture different from our own. The same holds true when we study the Biblical accounts of the miracles that Jesus performed. Miracles were unexpected during Jesus' ministry and most likely as unexpected as they would be today. "The time and place in which Jesus lived were not characterized by superstition and gullibility, but rather by learning and skepticism."2  Therefore, considering the spirit of the time in which Jesus walked this earth, it would seem that this fact lends itself to the authenticity of miracles and the gospel accounts of them.  





1 Josh McDowell and Bill Wilson, He Walked Among Us: Evidence for the Historical Jesus [Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1993], 275-277.

2 Henry M. Morris, Many Infallible Proofs [California: Master Books, 1974], 73.


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