Do certain miracles abide by logical natural/spiritual laws? Or, are they just arbitrary acts?
Whenever “impossible things” become possible, people call them miracles. Miracles could be regarded as acts that make people to wonder—even long after their occurrence. On the other hand, no matter how awesome miracles are, they are just natural events because they occur in real life.
Some people believe that all things are possible. In fact, many awesome earthly experiences of the greatest envoys (Prophet Elijah, Moses, etc.) of GOD support one of the greatest statements made by Jesus Christ about 2 thousand years ago: “with GOD, all things are possible”—Matthew 19: 26.
The most astonishing miraculous acts that cannot be explained by logic:
- the heavens and Earth were created. In my humble opinion, this is the first and greatest miracle. Why? Because GOD commanded void space to turn into the wonderful creation which exists in uncountable forms around us—Genesis 1: 1.
- the parting of the Red Sea—Exodus 14: 1―31.
- the sun stood still under the command of Joshua—Joshua 10: 12.
- Daniel’s life was preserved in the lions’ den—Daniel 6: 21.
- Jesus walked on water.
- Jesus calmed a raging storm.
- etc., etc., etc.—too many acts to list.
Lack of a certain degree of logic behind certain miracles, could make them look arbitrary
Typically, most human beings use logic to explain or understand occurrences, phenomena, or acts. Whenever certain occurrences cannot be explained by logic (or science)—especially when spiritual or divine power seems to be at play—people tend to think that the GOD’s natural or spiritual laws might have been altered in order to spring such occurrences into life.
The hype around certain miracles could make anyone think that miracles associated with envoys of GOD—and GOD in particular—are somewhat arbitrary because GOD is omnipotent, and does whatever he wants, and whenever he wants, or likes to.
Let’s take a look at certain things GOD cannot do—even though it’s believed in some quarters, that with GOD, all things are possible:
- GOD cannot lie—Hebrews 6: 18.
- GOD cannot change—Malachi 3: 6—he is the same yesterday, today and forever.
- GOD cannot break covenants, or alter anything that comes out of his mouth—Psalm 89: 34.
- GOD cannot stand evil—Isaiah 59: 2.
- GOD cannot be pleased without faith—Hebrews 11: 6.
So, you see; there are quite a number of things the great and almighty GOD cannot do, despite all the power under his control.
Funny enough, even though quite a number of people know that GOD cannot do certain things, they feel that he can twist natural or spiritual laws arbitrarily in order to make certain miracles occur.
People tend to think GOD circumvents his laws because they assume he has human nature which is prone to making changes in order to suit shallow desires. Well, GOD is not human like we are.
In the view of certain people, a miracle is something that is possible, only because of the application of mystical, mysterious, divine or spiritual power. For others, miracles are possible because, GOD in his omnipotence, acts arbitrarily and twists laws in order to suit his desires; based on these views, some people believe certain miracles are arbitrary acts.
If miracles are arbitrary, then I could bet that such miracles are not from GOD
Inasmuch as there is still a lot to learn about GOD and his unseen laws, many of us still believe that GOD’s work is logical, perfect, and has no flaws or gaps.
Perfection implies a precise and logical sequence of events in every respect; it doesn’t matter whether we have full knowledge about such precision/logic or not.
Based on this view, miracles should be seen as a natural acts that would ordinarily have taken a longer path and unparalleled speed to occur—either as a result of an individual’s special knowledge/gift, or some other causes.
Lack of sufficient knowledge (natural or spiritual) could make people feel that some miracles are arbitrary acts
If we study events in the history of mankind, it would be easy to understand that certain acts were/are called miracles because they occurred during a time when there was insufficient knowledge about what made them to occur—either natural or spiritual.
For instance, certain diseases in the past (which are easily cured today), only existed because there wasn’t sufficient knowledge to cure them in the past. The same applies to many natural processes that science and technology can control today, but which posed a serious problem in the distant past.
When diseases are healed or natural forces are controlled (which until a few years ago were believed to be incurable and uncontrollable), it doesn’t mean an arbitrary change in natural or spiritual laws has taken place; rather, it shows that there were gaps and many deficiencies in human knowledge.
Regardless of the reason behind any miracle, none of them could possibly occur outside GOD’s natural or spiritual laws, which are the foundation for everything we can and cannot see.
The author of this article is of the opinion that nothing that is imprecise and deficient in logic, can/will ever emanate from God.
Knowledge is power: the acquisition of more natural and spiritual knowledge could erase thoughts of arbitrariness behind certain miracles
All miracles occur at much higher level and speed, and should be looked upon as absolutely natural acts, irrespective of how great, wonderful, and appealing they look.
As we aim for more knowledge, we have to be grateful to GOD for sending his envoys and giving pure-minded individuals special power which they have used for the welfare of suffering humanity.
The recorded experiences of many great envoys of GOD has shed a lot of natural and spiritual light, and strengthened our faith to believe that anything can be achieved.
And, irrespective of religion, there have been people who have had natural or spiritual insight/abilities which are “out-of-this-world” and cannot be gained by indulging in earthly or scientific endeavors.
Faith in too much logic, earthly knowledge and scientific study seem to naturally hinder the possibility of receiving higher knowledge, gifts and abilities from GOD.