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The Bible is peppered with miracles. Here is a sample pulled
from the days of the Prophet Elisha:
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now,
the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. Let
us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every
man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we
may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. And one said, Be
content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he
answered, I will go. So he went with them. And when they
came to Jordan, they cut down wood. But as one was
felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he
cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. And the
man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the
place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and
the iron did swim. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee.
And he put out his hand, and took it.
Is the King James Version too tough for thou? Sometimes it's not
perfectly clear to the modern English reader. Try these same
verses in a modern form:
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the
place where we dwell with you is too small for us. "Please,
let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam
from there, and let us make there a place where we may
dwell." So he answered, "Go." Then one said, "Please
consent to go with your servants." And he answered, "I will
go." So he went with them. And when they came to the
Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was cutting down
a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out
and said, "Alas, master! For it was borrowed." So the man
of God said, "Where did it fall?" And he showed him the
place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he
made the iron float. Therefore he said, "Pick it up for
yourself." So he reached out his hand and took it.
The iron axe head floated. That, my friends, is a miracle. Do you
believe it? Most people don't believe it. It's safe to say that most
Christians don't believe it, either. What, then, do they believe?
It is reasonable to expect that most Christians believe in the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, that is the defining act of
Here's the problem:
The source for both of these miracles is the same book. There is
no reason to believe that one Biblical miracle is more likely than
This isn't a small problem.
In our time, more and more young people have correctly reasoned
that if the first miracle isn't true, there is no reason to expect that
the second miracle is true. Our job as believers is not to find
excuses for the Old Testament and most of the New Testament.
Our job is to convincingly present the evidence for believing the
whole Bible and thereby give a rational defense of Christianity.
(It is our job because we are believers.) If the whole Bible is true,
then these verses are also true:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your
Thus sayeth the LORD. You can believe it.