Mike Carson

In times like these, do we believe in miracles?

Those of the Christian faith say we do, but does our belief stem from the head, of the heart, or as Howard Thurman so eloquently named his book, “With Head and Heart?”

I teach Comparative Religion on the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate level. I believe all religions embrace the miraculous. Christianity embraces miracles. Taking the miraculous out of the faith leaves us with a set of ethical rules and stories. Taking away miracles suddenly leaves Christianity without a foundation.

The Bible is the book of miracles. We cannot take the miraculous from the Christian faith. It is said, “God is God all by God’s self.” God enters into our situations in life and things will happen that we just cannot explain.

It’s not God’s power to work miracles that is called into question; it’s our belief in God’s power to work miracles in our life. Jesus comments, “According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29)

Take away miracles and the very foundation of faith itself is called into question.

C. S. Lewis shares, “The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this.”

Miracles are really not about us, they’re about God. God is so awesome that no matter what happens in our lives, God will lead us to effectively deal with it.

Do you need a miracle today? Or, are you seeking a miracle for someone else in your life? I know that without the power of God in operation, there will be no miracle.

A miracle is defined as, “A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws. It is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency. A miracle is a highly improbable and extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.”

God is sovereign. God runs His entire creation, needing no help. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. God is absolutely free to do whatever He desires to do. God is in control of everything. In spite of this, God grants humankind a free will and therefore, we as humankind is responsible for our choices in life.

God is omniscient. God truly knows it all. God’s knowledge is infinite. God is omnipotent. God is all-powerful

God is omnipresent. God assures us, “I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)

God’s miracle working power is so awesome we should sing to God’s glory.

“My soul loves Jesus, my soul loves Jesus, my soul loves Jesus; Oh bless God’s name. He’s a wonder in my soul; Oh bless His name. My soul seeks to please Him; O bless His name!” as written in the hymn, “My Soul Loves Jesus” by Charles H. Mason.

Peace with justice, be blessed, be real, be good, attend worship, and families matter.

Editor’s note: The author is looking for three women he spoke with at the Goodwill in Kokomo last Saturday. He would like them to email him at carsonvision@acd.net.

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