APOLOGETICS. MIRACLES. Miracles. Matthew 14:22-33 2 Kings 6:1-7 Exodus 3:1-4 I Kings 17:7-24. Characteristics of Miracles. A true miracle Has an unnatural dimension that commands attention Burning bush not consumed, fire from heaven, ax head floats
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A true miracle
A true miracle
A miracle is an event that is contrary in some way to natural law
A miracle produces immediate results
A miracle always brings glory to God
A miracle never fails
Biblical miracles were intended to conduct, not to compel, humans to faith.
Fact does not force faith, but faith cannot be divorced from fact.*
Miracles cannot occur. Here’s why:
Key assumption: Empiricism
Corollary assumption: Naturalism
A miracle is of value only if it can be identified
Key assumption: Only Christians resort to “properly basic beliefs”
Once identified adequately, it would be impossible to rule them out of existence.
It’s impossible to prove a universal negative proposition.
To demonstrate “No S is P” requires the objector to be
The conception of Jesus
He claimed it would happen
People saw it happen
His resurrected body was experienced by the disciples
History shows that the witnesses suffered for what they knew to be the truth about the miracle
In the spirit of Jerry McGuire, the new sect could have been stopped dead in its tracks by one thing: