Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Evening Service October 11, 2015:

Scripture: Matthew 8

Review – Defining a Miracle:

  • A Supernatural Intervention – God, who is continuously active in the world, breaks His usual pattern and does something extraordinary
  • A Miracle Transcends Natural Laws (but doesn’t break natural laws) – A miracle overpowers the law of nature – it is an exception to a natural law
  • A Miracle has a special purpose

Authentic Miracles are part of the means of establishing the true religion.

What about the Other Religions that Claim Miracles?

Are miracle claims the same for all faiths?

  • Muhammad is said to have healed the sore eyes of men
  • Some Hindus and Buddhists claim they can levitate themselves or others
  • Joseph Smith said he could translate “reformed Egyptian” even through he couldn’t read Egyptian
  • People in the occult claim they can predict the future by looking into crystal balls or reading cards or tea leaves

According to C.S. Lewis – “All the essentials of Hinduism would, I think, remain unimpaired if you subtracted the miraculous, and the same is almost true of Islam, but you cannot do that with Christianity.  It is precisely the story of a great miracle.  A naturalistic Christianity leaves out all that is specifically Christian.”

Are all miracle claims alike?  Or are Biblical miracles different?

6 Reasons Biblical Miracles are Different from other Miracle Claims:

  1. There are hundreds of Biblical Miracles (250+ mentioned in Scripture, 60 in the Gospels alone)
  2. Biblical Miracles are immediate and permanent
  3. Biblical Miracles fit reality (unlike legends and fables)
  4. Biblical Miracles involve no ritual or formula
  5. Biblical Miracles were recorded while the eye witnesses were still alive
  6. Christianity makes unique miracle claims for its founder

Miracle Workers:

  • The consistency and authentication of Biblical Miracles can become the standard by which we judge all other so-called miracles and alleged healings of our time.