Presentation on theme: "MIRACLES. What is a miracle? A true miracle is an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating."— Presentation transcript:
What is a miracle?
A true miracle is an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message
Merriam-Webster: An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
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What do they mean by miracle
What is their reason for unbelief
Discuss the existence of God
Share your own personal experience
Ask: what would a miracle look like to you?
Areas of science where we are moving farther and farther from a naturalistic explanation
Origin of the universe Origin of life Origin of man Nature of consciousness
These are the same areas where the Bible the Bible says God has intervened
Why is there order in the universe in the first place?
Miracles are an interruption in that order
Miraculous vs. Impossible odds
Complexity: Everything in our everyday experience teaches us that any structure that is complex and has parts that are highly specified in their design and construction are purposefully designed by a conscious mind (man) who has the means to build them, ……
Therefore it is reasonable to infer that biological systems which are complex and have parts that are highly specified in their design and construction are also designed by a conscious mind (God) who has the means to build them
Same argument with information Same argument with something from nothing
A creator is a more reasonable argument than impossible odds
Purely naturalistic worldviews are self defeating
Divine intervention similar to human intervention
We, as free will beings, can intrude on the natural process of cause and effect for reasons of our own using means at our disposal Why would it be any different for God?
God uses miracles to communicate with us This is the best response to deism