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God & Miracles Essay a) Explain how miracles are portrayed in the Bible. Miracles are often described as an event that defies the natural laws i.e. the concept that certain actions will produce certain consequences based on scientific observation. Miracles have often been used as an argument to prove the existence of God, though they're not believed by all and further problems are introduced with this argument. For example, if one does not believe in the miracles and think them to be coincidences or elaborated stories then, naturally, they do not prove Gods existence. Throughout the Old and New Testaments in the Bible, various miracles are performed, ultimately by God or through his Son, Jesus Christ. Often it is believed that they were performed for the good of God's people, which is true but exceptions to the "rule" have been found. Due to this, various views of God and the miracles have been formulated. For example, Maurice Wiles, a modern philosopher of religion, states that God doesn't intervene in the world in occasional, individual ways, but the world and universe should be seen as a miracle of God, as a whole. ...read more.


Is this an attempt to prove Gods existence as a deity? No matter what, the miracles are a key factor of Judeo-Christian beliefs, so if miracles were "de-mythologised", like Bultmann suggests, then they'd be left with a weak basis of faith. This is due to the fact that the existence of Jesus depends upon miraculous events - i.e. the Virgin birth, the miracles in his life, the resurrection and so on. Additionally, the Gospels are full of accounts of miracles and, as Vardy says, "If one is going to take the Gospel writers at all seriously, then the miracle stories cannot be too quickly dismissed". Though, the Bible doesn't provide a clear starting point and scholars believe that miracle stories may have been added later to the New Testament, with some existing as exaggerated accounts. Even if these accounts are true then who is to say that miracles of this type occur today? God may have foreseen that people of today's society would have improved medical care etc so miracles of the healing sort (such as that of the woman with the haemorrhage) ...read more.


Therefore, God is predictable in this sense. Though, if one were to disagree with Wiles' theory, such as David Hume then the hypothesis is lost. Hume believes that miracles are "such unlikely explanations of events that it is unreasonable to believe them". This may be counteracted by a Judeo-Christian who may argue that if we limit God, i.e. claim that miracles do not happen, then this loses the effect that he is all-powerful. Though, of course, this depends upon whether one believes in the existence of God in the first place. In conclusion, God can only be seen as unpredictable if he were changeable, which would support the existence of miracles, as He would have to alter his world despite the view that He is omnipotent and omniscient. However, if He were viewed otherwise, then the existence of miracles would come into question, as God would not need to intervene at all. This creates further complications due to the religious opinion that God is loving, caring and has a covenant with his people. Therefore, the statement is made purely on an individual opinion and viewpoint because, as John Macquarrie would argue, there will always be some people that see blatant "miracles" as an act of God and others that refuse to. ?? ?? ?? ?? Natasha Williams 10E ...read more.

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