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Why we need a powerful God
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Category: Faith related
It is alleged that the miracles in the Bible are fiction since we live in a scientific age which has decreed that miracles are impossible. What is the response of Bible believers to this charge?
1) If we did not have a powerful God for whom miracles are commonplace, we should be very worried. The first verse in the Bible stresses the power of God: He brought the heavens and the earth into existence, by speaking. If that is not a miracle, then nothing will ever be. In comparison it is insignificant for Jesus to walk on water, be raised from the dead, or feed thousands with a little bit of bread and fish.
2) If we did not have a powerful God for whom miracles are commonplace, how would He inaugurate His eternal kingdom on the new earth? He will do this in two miraculous steps: the first heavens and earth will be destroyed and the new heaven and earth miraculously renewed. We read in 2 Peter 3:10-13 that the earth will be destroyed by a terrible fire that will melt the elements. Not only will the earth and everything in it be completely laid bare, but He will send massive earth quakes to destroy the cities (Revelation 16:18). Who can send hailstones of about 50 kilograms each, except God Himself? Just think that every tree and every building will be flattened (Revelation 16:20). There will be many other miraculous signs to convince people to make a decision for Christ. This will probably be the most extensive and massive evangelistic campaign of all times. The eternal gospel will be proclaimed not by men, but by an angel (Revelation 14:6).
Then comes the greatest miracle of all: the creation of an eternal planet with vegetation and animal life. On the new earth there will no longer be sea (God will need all the land on earth for the bride of Christ who will consist of many billions of people [God never thinks small]). The sea floor will be raised to become land, fit for the eternal dwelling of God and man. The mountains with their barren heights, as well as the deserts will become fertile land. There will be no more decay and no sun. Besides this, all those who are part of Christ’s bride will be resurrected with incorruptible bodies. There will be no more pain, no more death, no more anguish or mourning (Revelation 21-22). These things can only become a reality if God is supernatural.
Miracles are normal for God. We should delight that we have such a powerful God. We need never be ashamed of our Bible, God’s textbook on life. Some people say this message of the Bible is simply too miraculous to believe. But we contend: if the Bible is purportedly fiction, or myth, or fairy tales, why is the whole world system opposed to it? Why is it not merely forgotten and shelved? Any believer who will open his eyes and look around, will be amazed at the amount of anti-Bible propaganda. The YouTube, the web, the media, films, DVD’s, the educational system, all have one goal: to teach people that the Bible is fiction and irrelevant. Why? The Bible reveals that God has planned a wonderful destination for His children. The devil, who will spend eternity in the burning lake of sulphur where he will be tortured day and night (Revelation 20:10), does everything he can to prevent people from receiving an inheritance on the new earth. His opposition to the Bible gives away his game: the Bible is the truth.