What? You DON'T believe in Miracles? How limited you are!

Albert Einstein used to read a book called “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott19 every year, simply to break out of normative thinking. It is a book about dimensions and getting us to think about the possibilities that exist when you move from one set of dimensions to another set. It goes this way. A three-dimensional man finds himself in a land of only two dimensions, called Flatland. In Flatland, there is no height; no third dimension. Think about it…in Flatland, if you were to draw a line, how would you know what it was and how would you get over it? You could go around it, but you could not “step” over it. So what would happen if a three-dimensional man were to come up to that line in Flatland? He could simply step over it and all the residents in Flatland would cry out “Miracle Miracle”. Also in Flatland, the people would only be able to see the line of contact with the ground of Flatland from the three-dimensional man. In other words, the existence of the man to the residents in Flatland is only known as the bottom line of the man’s feet as they touch the ground; it would form only a single line. In stepping over the line, the three-dimensional man, picking his foot up, would have appeared to have vanished. What happens if the man simply takes a step or jumps up? To the residents of Flatland, the man would have also vanished! Miracle! Miracle! We would, of course, say the man didn’t vanish; he simply took advantage of another dimension the residents of Flatland didn’t understand or realize. Since the residents in Flatland cannot go over that line you drew, and so must go around the barrier. Our three-dimensional man comes up to the line, and while his two-dimensional buddies work their way around the line, he steps over it. Miracle! Miracle! Cry out the residents; how did he do that? One moment he was on one side of the barrier, and then the next moment he showed up on the other side, why it’s a miracle! The book is full of interesting thought-provoking issues, such as, the residents of Flatland are two-dimensional shapes; how do you recognize anybody in Flatland where shapes all appear as a line?

One must then, as Einstein did, ask what are the possibilities for miracles to happen in a multidimensional Universe? We three-dimensional beings are as limited as those two-dimensional residents in Flatland! What then are the possibilities for a multidimensional omnipotent God, which created all things including time itself, to do amazing miraculous things? I know a Jesus that walked in to that locked upper room…walking right through walls…no big deal for a multidimensional God…just like stepping over that line in Flatland. If you are one of those people who do not believe in miracles, I would have to say you simply do not understand the ease of “miracles” in a multidimensional Universe and you suffer over the limits of our limited 3D perspective.

What? You DON’T believe in Miracles? How limited you are!

Albert Einstein used to read a book called “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott19 every year, simply to break out of normative thinking. It is a book about dimensions and getting us to think about the possibilities that exist when you move from one set of dimensions to another set. It goes this way. A three-dimensional man finds himself in a land of only two dimensions, called Flatland. In Flatland, there is no height; no third dimension. Think about it…in Flatland, if you were to draw a line, how would you know what it was and how would you get over it? You could go around it, but you could not “step” over it. So what would happen if a three-dimensional man were to come up to that line in Flatland? He could simply step over it and all the residents in Flatland would cry out “Miracle Miracle”. Also in Flatland, the people would only be able to see the line of contact with the ground of Flatland from the three-dimensional man. In other words, the existence of the man to the residents in Flatland is only known as the bottom line of the man’s feet as they touch the ground; it would form only a single line. In stepping over the line, the three-dimensional man, picking his foot up, would have appeared to have vanished. What happens if the man simply takes a step or jumps up? To the residents of Flatland, the man would have also vanished! Miracle! Miracle! We would, of course, say the man didn’t vanish; he simply took advantage of another dimension the residents of Flatland didn’t understand or realize. Since the residents in Flatland cannot go over that line you drew, and so must go around the barrier. Our three-dimensional man comes up to the line, and while his two-dimensional buddies work their way around the line, he steps over it. Miracle! Miracle! Cry out the residents; how did he do that? One moment he was on one side of the barrier, and then the next moment he showed up on the other side, why it’s a miracle! The book is full of interesting thought-provoking issues, such as, the residents of Flatland are two-dimensional shapes; how do you recognize anybody in Flatland where shapes all appear as a line?

One must then, as Einstein did, ask what are the possibilities for miracles to happen in a multidimensional Universe? We three-dimensional beings are as limited as those two-dimensional residents in Flatland! What then are the possibilities for a multidimensional omnipotent God, which created all things including time itself, to do amazing miraculous things? I know a Jesus that walked in to that locked upper room…walking right through walls…no big deal for a multidimensional God…just like stepping over that line in Flatland. If you are one of those people who do not believe in miracles, I would have to say you simply do not understand the ease of “miracles” in a multidimensional Universe and you suffer over the limits of our limited 3D perspective.

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]

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.

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 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 Trinity, 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.”

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.

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 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 Trinity, 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.”

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