Miracles - Interesting Article
I liked this article from CRI and it is brief...
From cover to cover the Bible is full of miraculous accounts. But can miracles really happen?
A miracle is a unique and unprecedented event. But if this is the case, then how can we explain it? How can we, for example, make sense of Christ's virgin birth or His bodily resurrection? As a matter of fact, this is the very issue which seems to bug most people. There appears to be nothing as irritable to the critical mind as events which defy explanation, especially if a non-supernatural explanation is what's being sought. However, if we truly want to determine whether or not a specific event (be it miraculous or non-miraculous) did in fact occur, the relevant question to ask would not be "Can it happen?" but rather "Did it happen?"
Now, if the evidence proves that the event did indeed take place, the rational thing to do would be to go along with the evidence even though the event itself continues to stubbornly resist any sort of human explanation. Skeptics can rule out miracles only after they have looked into every miraculous instance and have shown that all such instances suffer from a lack of evidence. In the case of the resurrection, however, the historical evidence is so overwhelming that skeptics can only appeal to their own biased opinions if they wish to persist with their rejection of the gospel.
As for the notion that miracles violate the laws of nature, we need to keep in mind that these so-called laws are simply generalizations about observable causes and effects. In other words, they are descriptions of what usually happens, and not what always happens. Therefore, they cannot be used as proofs against the possibility of miracles. Finally, anyone who believes that an all-powerful God brought the universe into existence should find no difficulty in believing that God can perform miracles within His own creation -- and remember the greatest "miracle" of all which is the transformation that happens in a person's life when Jesus Christ becomes the Lord and Savior of their lives.