CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES
the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
There is no way to bring healing up for
review without a discussion and understanding of miracles. Healing is a
miracle. Thus, the Bible reveals various healing miracles carried out by God
and his agents.
What then are miracles and can an
understanding of miracles render a more precise understanding of healing? Also
can the review of miracles as they relate to healing offer us substance to
discount the false healers?
Humanity, the people that know God
realize a miracle is an extraordinary event. This event manifests divine power
and is a wonder to human understanding. Also, for the record the manifestation
of the divine power may happen with or without human agents of God.
As we look to the Old Testament in
our chronological discussion of miracles and healing we see the Creation. The
Creation is the greatest miracle ever to exist. (See Genesis 1:1, 2:3,
2:4-3:24). Additional and all other miracle stories in the Old Testament are
We also ask how miracles can be
distinguished from the other events that seem to be miracles. Again the word
miracle literally means a marvelous event, or an event which causes wonder. Are
Miracles are not works of
Meanwhile, the Biblical concept of
God's providence reveals a universal confidence in God's loving care and
protection of the world. In Exodus
God promised that the divine presence will remain in the world and protect
those who need divine protection.
Miracles should not be confused with
answers to prayers which do not constitute signs. Miracles also should be
distinguished from works of magic. In magic, the wonder worker himself
possesses a formula which caused the alleged result.
Miracles are truly not of Satanic or Demonic origin. Matthew 24:24 Christ warned that there will be false Christ and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders that they will even deceive the very elect. Finally miracles should be distinguished from mere exotic occurrences.
There are many events in nature that
excite wonder, but such matters are evidence of nothing but oddity. Genuine
miracles are always signs which teach a lesson. Thus, every miracle of God is a
part of God's great integrated system of revealed truth.
The purposes for miracles are found
in revelation and edification. John notes that the miracles of Christ are
revealed that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God; and
believing ye might have life through his name (see John 20:31).
The greatest period of miracles in
all recorded history occurred during the Ministry of Christ and His Apostles.
It was a time when humankind was at an all time low regarding spirituality. For
example at the Exodus God's people had forgotten His name. At the time of
Elijah and Elisha they had hyphenated His name with the name Baal.
Meanwhile, by the time of Christ and
His Apostles God's people had turned the divine nature of worship into an
idolatrous hypocrisy. Hence we see a great need for God through His Son to
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