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Twelve Great Questions About Christ (Part 4 of 12)
Did Christ Work Miracles?
Clarence E. Macartney
The two great pillars which support the temple of
Christian truth and show it to be a revelation from
God to man are the prophecies and the miracles. We
have already spoken of the prophecies, which are in
reality miracles of utterance. Now we come to those
miracles of action which, according to the New
Testament, were performed by Jesus Christ. We hear
much today about the modern spirit of unbelief. There
is no doubt about the unbelief, but there is nothing
modern about it. It is as old as the mind of man. But
there is perhaps more dogmatic denial of Christianity
than there has been for many a day, and the most
popular ground of the denial is what is called the
scientific ground. The creed of this denial of Christ
amounts to this: "Receive nothing you cannot
demonstrate, and believe nothing you cannot see." Such
a creed is neither scientific nor religious. It is but
the manifestation of the pride of man's mind, the sin
that made the angels fall, and which still keeps men
from accepting the dominion of Jesus Christ.
It is because of the spread of physical science that
not a few within the Christian Church have been
tempted to deal lightly with the supernatural and
miraculous element in the Christian revelation.
Because physical science knows nothing of miracles, a
great many Christians are almost afraid to say that
their souls are their own, and they act as if they
secretly wished that their New Testament did not have
all these accounts of the prodigies which were done by
Christ. Thus it has come about that what God gave to
men as one of the two great evidences of the truth of
the divinity and authority of Christ is mentioned
almost with an apology by not a few writers and
speakers in the Church. What the Savior Himself and
His apostles pointed to as a proof and confirmation of
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