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Miracles and science are irreconcilable - Modern Christians must adapt their beliefs to the superior claims of science.

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Miracles and science are irreconcilable. Modern Christians must adapt their beliefs to the superior claims of science. A miracle can be defined as a happening which does not have a logical explanation and can be interpreted as the interference of a superior power. Science is based on logic and fact and therefore sees miracles as nothing more than disruptions to the laws of the universe. The question of whether Christians living in this modern, scientific age, should adapt their beliefs to the 'superior' claims of science is open for discussion. There are a multitude of miracles described in the Bible. They can fit into four categories: healing the sick, casting out demons, showing power over nature and raising people from the dead. Jesus' life on earth itself was a miracle from his conception and the virgin birth to his resurrection and subsequent ascension into heaven which is described in Acts 1:9; "He was taken up from before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight." During his 33 years on the earth Jesus performed many miracles which are detailed in the gospels. He tells the disciples the reason for them in John 4:48, "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders you will never believe." Amongst these miracles are the water into wine incident, John 2:7-9, "Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water', so they filled them to the brim. ...read more.

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They are merely descriptions of what God makes happen." This is an extremely valid point as God being the creator and sustainer of the universe has the power to do anything he wishes with his creation. The laws were put in place by him so should we find it so difficult to believe that he breaks them when it is necessary? It is impossible to find another explanation for these occurrences and as CS Lewis stated, "Christ demonstrated a power over natural forces that could only belong to God, the author of these forces." If we believe that God created the universe we must also believe that he occasionally intervened in situations for his own purpose. As AE Garvie writes, "A Christ who being the son of God, and seeking to become Saviour of men, (and) wrought no miracle, would be less intelligible and credible than the Jesus whom the gospel records so consistently present to us." If Jesus did not have the power to defy nature there would be little reason in placing faith in him. His period in this world was used to demonstrate his power over natural forces and encourage those who were sceptical to believe. It was evidence of his identity and a demonstration of his authority over the universe even although he does say in scripture that he does not have to prove himself to mankind. ...read more.

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It is no more superior to Christianity in its claims only in the way it presents them which is often as fact and not as one of many possibilities. In our modern era science does have a stronger influence on people than religion which requires followers to rely on faith but it can still not be described as superior. There is no question that science and miracles are irreconcilable. An inexplicable event is not accepted by science and must be proven either to have a rational origin we as of yet have not discovered or put down to the deceitful nature of mankind claiming to have experienced miracles. Modern Christians should not have to adapt their beliefs to the claims of science as they are no more superior than the claims of Christianity or any other religion. Christians should stay faithful to their convictions as their meaning has not and will not diminish in time as countless scientific theories have. The claims of the Bible will always be conceivable with faith. Science has to admit to failure in the past. Scientists were adamant an atom couldn't be split until fifty years ago and a few centuries ago it was common belief that the earth was flat! Within a few centuries time scientific claims will again be moderated to suit new breakthroughs whereas the word of God will continue to stand the test the time no matter how many interrogations it faces. ...read more.

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