Miracles do not exist and Jesus never actually performed any miracles despite what the bible says. We do not have any current proof of anyone being raised from the dead, 5,000 people being fed with just 2 loaves of bread or anyone being able to turn water into wine. In fact these miracles go against the very laws of nature.
In order to address the issue concerning Jesus and miracles we should start by seeking the definition of the word miracle. Merriam Webster defines it as;“an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs”.1 We could go a step further and define a miracle as; an unfathomable divine act directed by the hand of God that intervenes our natural world.
So we start with the understanding that a miracle speaks to an act that is divine, or in other words an act that stems directly from God. When anyone speaks of miracles they are speaking based on the presupposition that a God exists. If we believe that God exists, then it should not be a stretch to believe in miracles as they are acts that stem directly from God. And it most certainly should not be a stretch for a Christian. For a Christian to not believe in miracles would mean there is a lack of understanding concerning who God is.
An act that is carried out by God is deemed a supernatural act. It is something that exists outside of our natural world and defies all common scientific logic. We can say God himself falls into this category because to us it is impossible to know and understand everything about God. His very existence defies all logic and is incomprehensible by us. By this rationale it makes sense that the acts of God would be classified the very same way.
If we recognize that God is the creator of all things than we should be able to recognize that He has the ability to manipulate the things He has created. It is simply illogical to claim that God has the ability to create all things in our existence including life, but yet is not able to manipulate or make changes to His creation. To make the claim that God can not manipulate or intervene changes within His creation puts God out of the realm of a creator and into the realm of an non-participatory overseer. Which really would serve no purpose.
God created nature. He and only He knows all there is to know about His creation. In our finite minds we tend to look at nature as a closed box of preprogrammed methods. As if nothing can intervene or as if nature does not have the ability to adapt and make choices based on the intervention (miracle) at hand. Are there rules that exist within nature? Yes. However that does not mean nature is not capable of taking into account an intervening change. God interacts with our natural world from outside of it, supernaturally. However nature is able to acknowledge God’s act and accommodate it by using its existing natural laws. It is equivalent to the earth’s Ozone layer being able to heal itself after damage or the surface of the earth healing itself after major earthquakes. Nature is a dynamic system. Willing and able to accommodate God’s intervention using the very same laws God created.
There are some say they can not believe in the existence of God because they lack proof. What they are really asking for is proof that they can dissect and assign a known, common scientific theory to. However if God was to give them this proof they would merely reject it due to the fact it falls within common scientific logic. What makes matters worse is that once God delivers proof that is not understood as common scientific logic, exposing His existence, it is simply written off under a batch of possible theories with an underlying belief God can not exist.
However God performs miracles for the sole purpose of glorifying Himself. It is a way that God makes Himself known to us while also performing something good for us. In concerning Jesus and miracles God makes this clear as we see:
“The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:2-3)
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:” (Acts 2:22)
“Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.” (Acts 15:12)
So what does all of this tell us? It tells us that if there is a God, a creator of all things in existence, He is surely able to intervene in His creation. And that His intervening is not limited by or based on our level of understanding someone so great as God.
1. Definition of Miracle