This morning, the subject on my mind is the difference between logic and a miracle. There is a pervading theological thought today called Gnosticism, which tries to reason every event through with the use of man's logic. Many Gnostics will try to explain away the miracles of the Bible, and generally they are pretty persuasive with the masses. The reason that they are persuasive is because they are appealing to something that every man, woman, and child has.
When you are
preaching on subjects that could
only be appealing to
a child of God, then there are
some that are not going
to listen, no matter how
something is said. However,
if your preaching or thinking is
appealing to children
of God (since we still carry
this corrupt man around)
and the non-elect, then your
base to draw from is
larger than the first scenario.
The only final rest that we receive is when this old man is laid aside in death. However, when walking by faith, miracles can be easy to accept while still impossible to explain. Can anyone explain how 5 loaves and 2 fishes can feed 5000 men (perhaps about 12,000 people) and still have more left over than when you started? It cannot be done with man's reasoning. There are Gnostics that claim that the people present had food, and they ate theirs when Christ brought out the loaves and fishes. Then, how come they continue following Him looking for another meal? Preposterous thinking! Can anyone explain how Lazarus was raised up from the grave after being dead for four days? Can anyone explain how Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were spared from the burning fiery furnace or Daniel from the den of lions? The lions were obviously hungry, and the fire was definitely hot. Most surely, Lazarus stank after four days in the grave.
There are so many more in the Bible, but the common answer to all of these questions is that it is the power of God. How does He do it? Many times He does not tell us. Occasionally, He will tell us as when one of His angels went and stopped the mouths of the lions, but many times we are not told the EXACT method by which He accomplished His purpose. Therefore, our faith is the only thing that will answer our question. It is the power of God. It is in His hands. That is enough for me, and anything else would be knowledge too wonderful for me that I am unable to utter while on this earth.