The Miraculous Hinderance

20140329_BRP010_0I listened to a famous profligate denouncing Christianity to a Believer.  His audience eagerly urged him on as he ridiculed religion, but most specifically Christianity.  His accusations were made as unquestionable fact and his condescending air portrayed a pride for reason and contempt for faith.  He stated that all evil was rooted in religion, offering Islamic terrorism as an example.  The Believer rebutted this stating that Atheistic Communists have committed far more torture, murder and genocide than others.  Caught in his lie the crude host began to ridicule miracles.  The last statement I could endure was, “Nothing is more ludicrous than the Virgin birth.”  Faith requires that we exceed the limits of human rationalism.  The scientific 

method can not be applied to a miracle, as God is not subject to men, nor the laws of nature.

It was this wisdom that Yeshua praised; “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.’ ” (Luke 10: 21).  It is not happenstance that worldly-wise men can not grasp the things of God, but rather by God’s plan and purpose.

In a similar way, Yeshua came as a lowly human, rather than the exalted Son of God and King of Kings.  Moreover, His humanity fulfilled God’s purposes for Yeshua as our high priest.  “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Heb. 2: 17-18).  The miracles surrounding Yeshua’s life are given to confirm prophecy and as evidence that Yeshua is Messiah.  However, God’s plan hides this confirmation from the self-reliant rational mind of worldly thinkers, so the miraculous becomes a hinderance to faith and all that comes by faith.  Scripture is clear, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11: 6).

The irony extends to the fact that the science of man is very limited and does not have answers for many things that exist even in this physical world.  For example, Science can not explain gravity other than conclude it is an attraction the bodies in space have toward each other.  How foolish is it to measure truth by a three inch ruler that is inaccurate itself.  The understanding we have has been given by God for the benefit of mankind.  Science did not give us the pain reliever aspirin or the cure for polio, it was put into nature and revealed to men by God.  So, children and those with child-like faith accept that God made the world, there is an afterlife, and Yeshua’s message of love in the Bible is true, while the self-proclaimed wise men seethes with hated toward the one true God who reigns supreme over all and His followers.  When we die we will meet God and my prayer is that this man may have an experience like Paul or Charles Colson or C. S. Lewis before it is too late.

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