Lack of Miracles

The Bible contains extraordinary claims for which the only evidence is testimony. The lack of miracles in modern times is devastating to its credibility.

For one example, which is simply the first one that comes to mind, consider Exodus 7:8-13:

Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Work a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’” So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and thus they did just as the LORD had commanded; and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers, and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts. For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

Here we have a claim that humans were able to turn their wooden staffs into living serpents. Aaron, who follows the God of Abraham, and the magicians of Egypt, who follow Pharaoh as God, both did something miraculous in this story that we have no evidence of today besides written testimony.

If miracles of this concrete and visible sort were happening today, then they would surely be caught on cameras and posted online. People would loudly exclaim that their video evidence was genuine, and skeptics would search for evidence of video editing to try to prove them wrong.

If you say that the God of Abraham is withholding miracles from our generation because of something we have done, then why do we not see miracles from other sources, perhaps of Egyptian or Satanic origin?

We do not see them for precisely the same reason that Poseidon does not emerge from the sea during hurricanes and Zeus does not emerge from the clouds during lightning storms. These are all fictional stories.

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One Response to “Lack of Miracles”

  1. Joshua Parker Says:

    One thing I do agree with is that there are a lack of miracles. However, I believe there are a lack of miracles because, well, they have ceased. The Scriptures were not written “to” us, but they are “for” us. Since the seed of the woman has crushed the head of the serpent, why do we need miracles? All gifts have ceased, there are no miracles, demon possession, all prophecy has been fulfilled and has ceased.

    Everything was accomplished in the first century. Yes, even the second coming, but the second coming was not to be a visible coming. His physical coming was only to happen once.

    You may not agree, but this is what I believe is true to the text. All is fulfilled.

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