Question

Is there any proof that any of the miracles in the Bible really happened? How should we understand miracles in light of modern science (e.g. Jonah in Whale, Red Sea crossing, Jesus healing sick, sun standing still)?

Answer

Well, I suppose that depends on what you mean by "proof." There is no absolute scientific proof that would convince even the staunchest doubter. If there were, then no one would doubt miracles.

But science really isn't a good standard for judging miracles. After all, its method is to begin with what it knows or theorizes, and to reason and investigate and test its way to further knowledge. But the Bible tells us that God's ways are past finding out, they are so far beyond us that we cannot discover them. Of course, not everything God does is past finding out -- he reveals many things to us in creation and in Scripture. But a miracle is something that God does that is contrary to normal expectations and workings. Miracles can even contradict things like the laws of physics. These are things that really are "past finding out." But science is designed to discover only those things that are consistent with the way the universe normally works. People and science are simply unequipped to investigate or even to understand the secrets works of God.

On the other hand, believers have lots of proof for miracles. The fact that God exists at all is the most powerful argument one can make for miracles. Think about it: if the God of the Bible exists, then he must be able to do miracles -- whether or not he ever has. And if the God of the Bible exists, then the record of the Bible is true, and therefore the miracles it records really happened.

Answer by Ra McLaughlin

Ra McLaughlin is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Third Millennium Ministries.