2004-09-14 03:57:58 UTC
We all chose Jesus as our savior not only because of the words He used and
what He taught us, but mainly due to his miracles and prophecy. If Jesus
did not perform miracles, then He would simply be labeled another prophet
in the crowd and Christianity would not exist.
Having said that we can agree that miracles are a primary factor in us
believing Jesus is truly God, since no man can possibly perform the
miracles Jesus performed. If I spoke EXACTLY like Jesus to a crowd of
people, how could you easily tell me apart from Jesus as our TRUE savior?
By miracles of course.
Now consider some quotes about miracles from the New Testament:
15 And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel
to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved:
but he that believeth not shall be condemned. 17 And these signs shall
follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they
shall speak with new tongues. 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they
shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their
hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. 19 And the Lord Jesus, after
he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right
hand of God. 20 But they going forth preached every where: the Lord
working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed.
58 And he wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.
29 Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.
Now sumarizing the verses above, it is very clear in John20 that Jesus
encouraged us to believe without seeing. It is also clear from Mark
16:17-18 that signs (miracles) will follow those who believe. And Mark
16:20 clearly states the Apostles when preaching everywhere, confirmed
their words with 'signs'. And finally Matthew13 clearly states that Jesus
did not perform miracles in areas where there was unbelief.
So looking at the above, my question for the group is, why is it that ONLY
the Catholic church experiences extraordinary signs such as it's Saints
which have clearly performed extraordinary 'signs' on countless occasions.
There are also the incorrupt bodies of Catholic saints having been dead
for centuries and never embalmed, yet remain incorrupt, flexible, with
flowing blood and pleasant smelling after being exhumed, many still on
display in Europe. There are also 'signs' in the Catholic church such as
eucharistic miracles, miraculous healings at Lourdes, the Miracle of
Fatima etc etc. ALL of these miracles or 'signs' just mentioned have been
studied for centuries by believers and non-believers alike, and all cannot
be explained. Why ONLY in the Catholic church??
Why are Protestant denominations lacking these signs? Are you one of the
ones that decides to look the other way when presented with completed
research and documentation on the miracles or 'signs' just mentioned?
Could it be any clearer to Protestant denominations that miracles are not
performed for them due to their unbelief (Matt 13) and that signs have not
followed them because of their beliefs (Mark16)?
It's time to stop looking the other way when you hear about thoroughly
investigated and publicly documented miracles, and take a look at the
facts presented. If you are SO positive that your beliefs are correct,
then you should not be the least bit afraid to look at all of the
miraculous happenings that have been going on throughout the last 2000
years. Or instead you can cleverly choose which rocks you want to leave
unturned. I know I am not going to be one of the ones who has to answer to
God on Judgement Day about ignoring the 'signs' He clearly said would be
presented to us in scripture (Mark16:17).