Friday, May 01, 2009
Book Excerpt: I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
WHY DON'T WE SEE BIBLICAL MIRACLES TODAY?
Many people today have a very provincial view of history and of human experience. "If I personally don't see certain events happening today," they think, "they probably never happened." The implication for miracles is obvious. Namely, "If there are not public, biblical-quality miracles happening today (and if they were, they'd be on the Fox New Channel), then why should I think they happened in the past?" It's a fair question.
However, there's a common misconception behind this question. It's the belief that the Bible is filled with miracles that occur continually throughout biblical history. That's only partially true. It is true that the Bible is filled with miracles, about 250 occasions of them. But most of those miracles occur in very small windows of history, during three distinct time periods-during the lifetimes of Moses, Elijah and Elisha, and Jesus and the apostles. Why then? Because those were the times where God was confirming new truth (revelation) and new messengers with that truth.
If most of the miracles are bunched there, what's happening miraculously during the other periods the Bible covers? Nothing. In fact, there are huge gaps of time in the Bible (even hundreds of years) where there are no recorded miracles from God. Why? Because there was no new word from God, and most miracles confirmed some new word from God.
So why don't we see miracles today? Because if the Bible is true and complete, God is not confirming any new revelation and thus does not have this main purpose for performing miracles today. There is no new word from God that needs to be confirmed by God.
Now don't misunderstand us here. We are not saying that God cannot do miracles today, or that he never does. As the sovereign Creator and sustainer of the universe, he can do a miracle anytime he wants. It's just that he may not have a reason to publicly display his power the way he did during biblical times because all of the truths he wanted to reveal have already been revealed and confirmed. As with a house, the foundation only needs to be laid once. Biblical miracles were special acts of God that laid the foundation for his permanent revelation to mankind.