All I Need is a Miracle
August 6, 2007 1 Comment
While the title of this post is the name of a hit song by 80s band, Mike and the Mechanics, I think it is also the posture adopted by many skeptics in regards to them believing in God. I’ve heard it said by skeptics, “I’d believe in God if He only showed Himself” or something of that sort.
It must escape some of them that even if they witnessed a miracle, they would attempt to explain it away, as CS Lewis points out in Miracles,
If anything extraordinary seems to have happened, we can always say that we have the victims of an illusion. If we hold to a philosophy which excludes the supernatural, this is what we always shall say. What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience. It is therefore useless to appeal to experience before we have settled, as well as we can, the philosophical question.
Unlike modern day skeptics (who by nature stand opposed to Christ), most of Jesus’ main detractors during His earthly ministry believed in miracles. This is shown by their reaction after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead,
Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs (attesting miracles).
“If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” – John 11:47-48
Of course, these fellows couldn’t have realized that the Romans would eventually eliminate their ‘place and [their] nation’ in A.D. 70, some say this was God’s judgment for rejecting Jesus, their Messiah.
So they acknowledged that Jesus was performing miracles and as a result,
So from that day on they planned together to kill Him — John 11:53
As if rejecting the long awaited Messiah was not bad enough, they sought to murder Him but not only Him but also Lazarus, who was living proof of Jesus’ Power,
The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there, and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead.
But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also;
because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus. — John 12:9-11
All this to say that though these guys knew that Jesus was performing miracles it didn’t help them believe in Him. In fact it only made their hearts even more hardened as evidenced by their mockery of Jesus as He hung on the cross,
In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,
“He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. — Matthew 27:41-42
This same unbelief resides in the hearts of those who still reject God and thus Christ on ‘lack of evidence. As the Apostle states there is enough evidence to convict,
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident in them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. — Romans 1:19-20 (emphasis mine)