It seems that this question has most to do with how one interprets the Bible. Scripture is inspired by God and paints a picture of God’s character, God’s action and God’s people.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17, TNIV.
Scripture is the written Word of God that reveals the personal Word of God, Jesus Christ. The good news and truth of scripture can be a source of faith. As such, scripture becomes authoritative and normative for the Christian life.
So what does this mean when it comes to Jesus’ miracles? I believe that Jesus miracles are true and historical fact. They point to the reality that Jesus is God in the flesh and that He has control over all creation. However, my faith does not rest on the historicity of Jesus’ miracles.
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If God put an occasional fairy tale in the Bible we would be forced to pick it apart until the book is useless. Even Jesus refered to Jonahs’ ‘story’. With the irrefutable evidence historically and archaeologically alone we should be sold on the inerrancy of scripture. Considering the last few verses in Revelation on which side would want to err?
Not only were Jesus’ miracles real but so should the believers’ be – see John 14:12-14 & John 15:5-8.
If your (our) faith cannot rest on the historicity of Jesus’ miracles, on what can it rest? Either His teachings were true and real for the people then and for the people now or they are just nice stories.
The way I see it, anyway …
“I believe that Jesus miracles are true and historical fact. They point to the reality that Jesus is God in the flesh and that He has control over all creation.”
Of course, many say that in becoming fully human, Jesus gave up his ability to interact with creation at a level above that which any human could. It is then Jesus’ perfect relationship with God that gives him the ability to perform miracles, with the actual power coming from God, not from Jesus.
This also has the implication that any person should be able to perform miracles if they are in relationship with God.
And I am not just saying this as one person. Some of the brightest theologians of our day believe this, and I have been pretty well swayed by their arguments. Jesus’ speech reflects this (he talks frequently of asking the Father).
Just saying it is an interesting twist on how the most people interpret the miracles.
And what an impact it could have in our lives!
Yes, Jesus often said that he did nothing on his own but was following ‘orders’ from his Father. But he performed the miracles with his own power which, of course, came from God the Father. The difference is that God the Father empowered Jesus and he also empowers believers.
Read Matthew 7:7-11 and you will see that God intends to empower those who will believe the instructions as presented in the Christian Bible, the New Testament.
Not many people actually believe this so the evidence of miracles is scarce, but not extinct.
Agree with most of your post Andrew, but would be willing to say that historicity of the miracles were definitively dis-proven (Which clearly is a practical impossibility), I would certainly be among those who walked quite quickly away from the Christian Faith, as it would have been shown to be a massive fraud perpetrated against millions of people. I guess I’m curious, how could one justify remaining a Christian if such a hypothetical were to be established.