Can miracles occur? In an era where naturalism has become a god, they are generally not acceptable. However, they are prominent in a biblical world view. Consider the followers of Jesus Christ after the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ. They continued, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to heal, raise the dead, and be led about what to do or where to go. One of the miracles was when Peter, having been informed of the death of a beloved lady named Tabitha, went to her and raised her from the dead. Of course, it was God that did it — not Peter. But he obeyed what he had been told to do. The incident is described in Acts 9:36-43. It is one of hundreds of references to miracles in the Bible.
If we are only flesh and blood, having come from a “heritage” of tiny living things via something like an ape after eons of evolution, there are no miracles or God allowed in serious discussions. In this view, the universe self-evolved and eventually life appears that increases in complexity on its own. No deity of any kind is permitted, and certainly not the God of the Bible.
On the other hand, the biblical world view says that the spoken commands of Eternal God yielded everything we see in a short period (six solar-period days — the words of Genesis 1 are plain). The creation week was miraculous. The biblical view of our heritage, therefore, along with what is around us, is inexorably connected with the Creator who often does things out of the realm of what is “natural” by today’s definitions.
The evidence of God at work goes further. Geological and fossil evidence scars the world. It is from the God-ordered global flood recorded in Genesis. Population demographics make sense from that bottleneck of population from eight surviving occupants of the Ark. The Flood itself is a God-started and God-ended event — yet another miracle, and this one changed the earth’s surface.
The miracles go further. Scientists have found complex information systems and irreducible functions in living things down to the micro-cellular level. They cannot arise by natural means at the start. What is the largest realm we know? Discoveries in space declare God’s attributes of power and majesty, and they were, as stated in Genesis 1, created after the sun and moon in a fraction of the 4th day of creation — yet another creative miracle. The alternative is a man-derived concept of some version of the Big Bang that demands everything happened by itself with no oversight. Because it is repeated so much and God is deleted from consideration, does that make it true? Our home planet sits as a gem of life compared to all other discovered things, and it just happens all by itself? There are no equations or processes known to man that self-create all of this!
Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was predicted hundreds of years earlier with precision by the Prophets. Several dozen key biblical prophecies predicted particulars about God’s son that cannot have been anticipated or contrived by natural man. Later books show the apostles and other disciples, while following Christ, continued to be used to heal, raise the dead, and be led by information from the Holy Spirit about what to do or where to go. When the disciples died, the incidents did not stop.
Evidence goes further today. My wife was instantly healed of a severely torn rotator cuff. Young friends of mine had life changes as they committed their lives to Jesus Christ. I have watched while God made things known over and over again that could not have been deduced or guessed which caused a change in the walk of young people. All these things were only in my tiny environment.
Other people’s evidence goes further. There is the testimony of countless believers, much of it recorded, where followers of Jesus Christ have gone through difficulties or worse, but with a peace because they know that this world is only temporary. That is cold water in the face of a world view that says God is not real and should be deleted from all discussion.
The bottom line about His work in people, when miracles occur, is stated in John 14:11.
“Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or else believe me on account of the works themselves.” (ESV)
His works with His disciples were miraculous, and His creation work is in the same category. This scripture in Romans 1 is one, among others, about His handiwork:
“19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (ESV)
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It was wonderful for Tabitha to arise as recorded in Acts, but we want more people to see and understand all aspects of the Creator’s work and, perhaps, reach out to Him. He has not left us alone, He is not a figment of imagination, and He defines who we are as well as why we need a relationship with Him. The resource examines the biblical view, evidence to support it, and popular topics about origins (we did not come from star dust), dinosaurs, why we cannot find aliens, why missing links between kinds of life will never be found, and why it all matters. The resource also declares the wonder of our Creator God and compares this to man’s invention of naturalism, where God is either deleted or made to appear like a weakling, and man is of no importance.
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