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Explain what is meant in the bible by describing God as a miracle worker

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a)Explain what is meant in the bible by describing God as a miracle worker.(33) The biblical approach to God as a miracle worker is influenced by the Greek ideas of Plato and Aristotle. Aristotle's unmoved mover portrayed a God who was immutable, who keeps the world in motion because of love and desire "a God who was timeless and space less and who was the source of all motion and cause of all causes like Aristotle's Prime Mover". However even though the Prime Mover and Plato's Demiurge are active throughout spiritually and intellectually, they are not physically. Therefore their Gods have no interaction in the world, so miracles would not be a direct action from God. David Hume states that "miracles are a violation of the laws of nature and consequently have a very low probability of happening" and so he argues along with John Macquarie that you can not fundamentally believe in miracles as ...read more.


The greatest miracle that God performed is the creation of the earth from nothing 'ex nihlo' and "God said let there be light and there was" Genesis 1. It shows an all powerful transcendent creator who stands apart from the universe and nature. Therefore showing that as God is involved in the world then he is able to break the laws of nature-which is what a miracle is defined as. The central miracle which Christianity is based upon is incarnation and so the truth of incarnation is reflected in the most famous miracle of Christianity which is the resurrection. Therefore it is argued that there is no inconsistency in that Jesus could perform miracles because he was God incarnate and miracles are a natural action of an omnipotent God. Faith is the main reason that Christians believe in miracles and as the Bible is inspired by the word of God and as it contains miracles it must be true. ...read more.


Libby Abhuwalia says that this presents a picture of an all loving, powerful god who helped the first century but not the current, as seen in the Holocaust. In turn this debases the whole idea of God and portrays a God who is not worthy of worship. Wiles uses the Teleological argument to argue that the world is so intrinsic that there is no need for there to be an intervening God and so therefore no need for Miracles. Therefore if a 'miracle' does happen Macquarie and Hick argues that miracles are accidental events that highlight the lack of understanding of natural laws which Science has given us. Bultman also argues that miracle stories get in the way of faith "for the modern scientifically minded thinker" If God created the world perfectly then why is there a need for him to intervene in his creation? Christians argue that the existence of evil is from God giving free will in Genesis 3 and so realised that free will is ultimately better then forcing good upon people. ...read more.

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