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What are we to make of all the supernatural events recorded in the New Testament documents?

Summary
  1. This depends on two seperate questions

  2. If God exists, then the supernatural is possible and we should not simply dismiss the NT because it contains accounts of the miraculous

If we are to accept the New Testament documents as an accurate historical account of the life of Jesus, we face the question “What are we to make of all the supernatural events that are recorded?”

Many doubt the validity of such miraculous events. What then are we to make of the New Testament which contains numerous stories of the miraculous? There are accounts of blind people who immediately received their sight, lame people walking, and dead people being raised. [11 p. 78]

Due to these accounts, should we automatically dismiss the New Testament documents as containing unreliable information?
The answer to this lies with the question “Are miracles possible?”
, for if miracles are possible, then the accounts in the New Testament could well be true and should not be simply dismissed. As this question is an important one, a separate section is devoted to answering it.

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We find in this section that the real problem is not so much with miracles, as with the whole concept of God. Once we accept the existence of God, there is no problem with miracles, as God is by definition all-powerful and fully capable of bringing them about. [22] For those who doubt the existence of God, there is also an additional section dealing with this all-important issue.

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There is in fact more than adequate evidence to conclude that God does exist. It then follows that miracles are indeed possible. Once we have established the possibility of miracles, we should then be open to examining their actuality. Whether or not a given miracle has occurred now becomes a historical matter that calls for investigation. [20]

The fact that the New Testament documents contain accounts of the miraculous is therefore, not a reason to dismiss them. We should rather subject them to honest and careful historical examination. Moreover, if the New Testament is correct in its claim that it contains reliable information about God interacting with humankind, then we would actually expect it to contain accounts of the miraculous.

The rest of this study sets out to carefully and honestly examine evidence for, potentially, the greatest miracle of all time; the miracle of the Incarnation - God taking on human form.

Note too, that because of the approach taken in this Apologetics study, one does not have to accept the supernatural accounts of the life of Jesus in order to continue. Later, we will be examining additional evidences for the truth of what Jesus claimed (Who was Jesus), and the truth of his resurrection (The Resurrection: Hoax or History?).

 

 

 


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