No one is good but God alone. He is shown making the same point in Luke and Matthew The gospel accounts of the resurrection appearances of Jesus differ substantially, including where the risen Jesus is said to have appeared to his apostles. The gospels of Matthew and Mark place the appearances solely in Galilee.
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However, Luke, as well as the book of Acts, has Jesus appearing only in and around Jerusalem. The actual appearance of a resurrected Jesus would have been so stunning that it raises the question of why there was not even one record of such an event that made a deep enough impression to be passed down in all the gospels. If they did, they would realize that Jesus was very much against it. In fact, the King James Version of the Bible translates that as going into a closet to pray.
Perhaps even more significant is that in Matthew Jesus harshly criticizes those who pray out loud in synagogues , the local worship settings of his day. Based on that, it seems possible, jolting as it may be, that he may have also disapproved of public prayer in churches , much less government meetings. But they never put it that bluntly. Especially suspect are the so-called pastoral epistles, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. All of this raises the question of how much authority one wishes to give the writings of those who were not truthful even about who they were.
For instance, in contrast to the respect that Paul showed toward women, the author of 1 Timothy felt very differently. And yet those verses in 1 Timothy and 1 Corinthians, apparently by people pretending to be someone they were not, are used even today to justify limiting the leadership roles of women in some churches.
An Old Testament example is found in Psalm Since the Temple was no longer available for sacrifice, the author of Psalm 51 offers comfort in Verses 16 and 17 by saying God does not even desire sacrifice but only a contrite heart. But then, in a clearly intentional contradiction, someone who disagreed with that came along and added, immediately afterward, Verses 18 and 19 saying that God would be delighted by sacrifices that would follow a rebuilding of Jerusalem. In the New Testament, we see an example in what the gospels say about the message of John the Baptist.
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Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible. Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you. Find a local church where you can worship God. Did you become a follower of Jesus today? Please Click YES! Please Click Here. God , the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
Jesus , the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried , and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior , declaring, " Jesus is Lord ," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven. What is your response? Or Philosophically? Second, it is claimed that the Lord is as powerful today as he was in the first century; and so, he can perform signs today.
Does he will to perform miracles today? He does not will to create men directly from the dust of the earth. He does not will to feed us with manna from heaven, etc. The scholarly T. Horne presented a remarkable summary statement of this matter that is worthy of consideration. Why are not miracles now wrought?
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Besides, if they were continued, they would be of no use, because their force and influence would be lost by the frequency of them; for, miracles being a sensible suspension or controlment of—or deviation from—the established course or laws of nature, if they were repeated on every occasion, all distinctions of natural and supernatural would vanish, and we should be at a loss to say, which were the ordinary and which the extraordinary works of Providence.
Moreover, it is probable that, if they were continued, they would be of no use, because those persons who refuse to be convinced by the miracles recorded in the New Testament, would not be convinced by any new ones: for it is not from want of evidence, but from want of sincerity, and out of passion and prejudice, that any man rejects the miracles related in the Scriptures; and the same want of sincerity, the same passions and prejudices, would make him resist any proof, any miracle whatever.
Lastly, a perpetual power of working of miracles would in all ages give occasion to continual impostures, while it would rescind and reverse all the settled laws and constitutions of Providence. Frequent miracles would be taught to proceed more from some defect in nature than from the particular interposition of the Deity; and men would become atheists by means of them, rather than Christians , In the first place, we really are not obligated to defend as divine a modern event simply because it may have certain elements that are difficult to explain.
There are many illusions that modern magicians perform which the average person cannot explain; but they do have natural explanations. They are not miracles. That aside, there are several possible bases for so-called modern miracles. As an example, let us focus upon alleged faith healings.
Some instances of faith healings are pure fakery. Consider the case of Peter Popoff, miracle-working cleric of Upland, California. Prominent magician James Randi exposed the entire affair on nationwide television , Randi also demonstrated that Popoff was providing rented wheelchairs for people who could actually walk; then, at his services, he was pronouncing them healed. The fact is, however, they had nothing organically wrong with them.
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Their ailment was psychosomatic. This means that though some bodily feature was actually affected, the real root of the problem was mental or emotional; hence, by suggestion a cure might be effected. It has been estimated that some fifty-five percent or more of the patients applying for medical treatment in the United States suffer from psychosomatic illnesses. In fact, Dr.
William S. Sadler has written:. It is generally believed by experienced physicians that at least two-thirds of the ordinary cases of sickness which doctors are called upon to treat would, if left entirely alone, recover without the aid of the doctor or his medicine , Sadler affirmed that after twenty-five years of sympathetic research into faith-healing, he had not observed a solitary case of an organic disease being healed.
It is commonly known that an African witch-doctor can literally command a believer in voodoo to die, and within the prescribed time, the victim will expire. This evidences the powerful control of the mind over the body.
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Surely no one will claim, though, that a witch-doctor has the Spirit of God. Another explanation for some so-called faith cures is a phenomenon known as spontaneous remission. Spontaneous remission is an unexpected withdrawal of disease symptoms, and an inexplicable disappearance of the ailment. It occurs in about one out of every eighty thousand cancer patients.
Joseph Mayerle of Bremerton, Washington had exploratory surgery; it was discovered that he was consumed with cancer. His physicians gave him only a few months to live. Months sped by and his disease utterly vanished. There was nothing miraculous about it. According to newspaper accounts, Mr. Mayerle, a bartender, made no claim to faith, prayer, or a miracle-cure. There is one final point of this presentation that needs to be pressed with great vigor.
In fact, more than 20 million Americans annually report mystic experiences including healing in their lives Psychology Today , Since the Scriptures clearly teach that the purpose of miracles, as evidenced in biblical days, was to confirm the message proclaimed, hence, to validate the Christian system, do the multiple alleged examples of miracle-workings indicate that the Lord has authenticated all of these woefully contradictory systems?
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