Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What About Miracles-Signs-and Wonders?

Today I read a blog that I thought was about the mind. It turns out that I wandered into the playground of a group of Atheists who feel absolutely certain they can reason with us and lead us into the path of unbelief. One of the reasons this person gave for not believing in God or Christianity is the so called...fact...that God never answers prayers. Now, you and I know that God does answer prayers...but it is true that sometimes it seems that our prayers go unheard and unanswered. This writer used the verse in John 14 where Jesus said:

13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

It is interesting that this writer used these verses as proof of her unbelief...and proof that Jesus is a liar and the Bible false. I have been thinking a lot about these verses recently and it is undoubtedly true that Jesus plainly stated that He would do anything we ask in His Name. So, how do we reconcile these troubling differences? My first thought is not to doubt. I believe that if Jesus said it, it is the truth. So why do we not receive some requests from the Lord?

I have been giving serious though to this question for several months and do not have a complete understanding of the problem, but I am coming to believe that the problem is one of simple belief. It is easy to say that you believe God and do not doubt in your heart, but if that is so you should be as bold as the Apostle Peter who went to the temple and was interrupted on the way by a lame beggar who wanted his money. Peter did not have any money but he had something that was worth more than money and changed the man's life. I must ask myself if I have the faith to give healing to someone on the spur of the moment like Peter did. Do I believe it is possible that I have the power within me to do this? Jesus said we would receive Power when we were filled with the Holy Spirit. I can only conclude that we are living below the level that God meant for us to live. I do not like having Atheists throw the Word of God in my face to prove their point. I mean to continue on my road of discovery until I find the Power and Might that is promised to every believer in the Book of Acts. I will talk about this topic more later.


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