What, don’t believe in Miracles? How limited you are!

Think of the debates, fights and arguments that we have had concerning Biblical issues such as: Did the virgin birth happen? Did Jesus change water into wine? Did the resurrection take place? Did Jesus walk on water? Did the Hebrews cross the rivers on dry land? Did Moses strike a rock and water flow forth? Did Jesus feed more than 5000 people with only a few loaves and fishes with 12 baskets full of leftovers? Did Jesus walk through the walls into that upper room? Did the bush burn without being consumed?

We cannot understand God; we have limits that God doesn’t have. Why is it that we have to have “answers” in a push to understand? Is it our arrogance to control? Can we not simply have awe, wonder, and praise for the omnipotent God that just happens to love us all individually?

To the Creator of the Universe, an omnipotent power dwelling in multiple dimensions we can’t possibly number, these so called “miracles” to us, are no big deal for God to perform. I say to the following: To the scientist that has to have touchable, explainable facts before he will believe a truth, I’m sorry, you are missing so much wonder and majesty. To those Christians that only believe in what they can understand, you are putting limits on God that don’t exist. To the theologians that will believe in some miracle stories and not others, or attempt to “explain them away”, you are putting God in a box that you seek to control. How arrogant! How nearsighted! What makes you think you have to explain it away in some man-made terms limited by our feeble understanding? Shame on all of you!

It wasn’t that long ago that people thought the world was a flat plane, and if you sailed too close, you could go right off the edge. We are so limited. We do indeed have much more knowledge of things than our brethren worried about sea monsters near the edge of the earth, but why do we have such arrogance to assume that “our present truth” is The Truth? Short glimpses back in history reveal that every time this was tried, we were fooled yet again. Like climbing a mountain range, you just think that next ridge is the top; but when you arrive, your vision says you must continue…the summit is beyond what you thought was the top peak.

As an architect, I have a great imagination. I can dream the greatest of dreams. Yet, as much as I can imagine, God and His Kingdom are far greater beyond all words. For you to think you have all the answers, and only your church is right, is sinful. This rigidness of the church is what Jesus attacked when confronted by the Pharisees and Sadducees. Only God has all the answers; that is why He wants us to come to Him as little children, to depend on Him and not ourselves.

As in the book “Flatland” by Edwin Abbott, we see a 3-dimensional man walking in a 2-dimensional world performing “miracles” to the 2D Flatlanders simply by taking advantage of his extra dimension. All three Persons of the Triune God, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, exist in a multi-dimensional realm. By taking advantage of countless dimensions, there are no limits or constraints to what God can do. If you don’t believe in miracles, then you simply have no concept of the possibilities beyond your extremely limited and constrained 3-dimensional world.

We read in the twentieth chapter of John about the interchange between Jesus and Thomas. One of the twelve, Thomas had seen and experienced a lot in his three years traveling with Jesus. A week after Jesus appeared to most of the disciples and after Thomas said that it would take the physical evidence of his own touch to believe that Jesus was alive again, we find a dramatic scene. Behind locked doors Thomas and others were surprised when Jesus walked into their mist and greeted them. Knowing what Thomas had said a week earlier, Jesus invited him to touch the hole in His side and believe. Verse 27, Jesus said to “stop doubting and believe”, and Thomas, now with his physical evidence, believed. Then in verse 29 we read the words of Jesus, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

[For more discussion on Miracles, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: www.MuskratBooks.com]

God Creates Still…What will you notice in 2013?

Yes, it is true…many don’t believe in God, many more don’t believe in Jesus Christ. They work to condemn those that DO believe; what is in it for them to do so? Do their attacks on Christianity make the world a better place? No! Why not keep quiet and let those of us “who falsely believe” (their words not mine) just keep going in the wrong direction? Is there something about Jesus Lord and Savior that scares them? Yes, I think so! If God is dead, they should not be afraid, but those “anti-God, anti-Jesus” zealots ARE indeed afraid of something! The heavens and earth cry out the good news of the Great Creator God, you only need eyes to see (Ps. 19:1 and Romans 1:18-20). God, the Great I Am, is active in the world today…will you notice His activity in 2013? You must believe that you are loved (John 3:16-18)! The Holy Spirit will make your burdens light, just believe in Jesus; a firm belief in this promise will change your 2013, why not start today on this first day of the new year? Change your direction, open your eyes and your heart, and let The Creator into your life today!

What happened to cause this shift?

At one time many scientists were inspired by God’s creation and attributed the fixed natural laws to the Creator. The Bible was inspiration and guided them under a set of ethical standards into life’s major questions and search for knowledge. Now, to raise Biblical points, embrace a Christian world view and its teachings, a Christian is ridiculed and dismissed as ignorant by a very large portion of scientists. Why the change?