Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #29 Miracles?

“Pertness and ignorance may ask a question in three lines, which it will cost learning and ingenuity thirty pages to answer. When this is done, the same question shall be triumphantly asked again the next year, as if nothing had ever been written upon the subject. “

-George Horne

R. E. Pucket was a faithful Christian for much of his life. However, as he began to expand his reading and investigate arguments against faith, he became convinced that faith was irrational. This impression was strengthened by the fact that Christians with which he interacted largely told him that he should believe for belief’s sake, and that faith trumped rationality.

Pucket now spends a significant amount of time interacting with born again Christians who he feels are trying to convert him and win his soul. He rebuffs these attempts by presenting arguments that seem to stymie these Christians who in turn make vague appeals to “God’s Plan” and blind faith.

Pucket’s article, “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer” was originally posted on Yahoo voices, and then later moved to bukisa.com. In this article, Pucket lists out some of the arguments he has found that Christians seem to have no rational, logical answers for, and invites the readers to inspect their faith in light of these questions. In the original article, Pucket says this:

“Don’t get me wrong, they will have an answer for them. You will find, however, that their answers have no basis in verifiable fact or evidence whatsoever, and will be largely based in their blind faith forsaking all reason.”

This article will examine all fifty of Pucket’s questions, and offer responses to these questions.

One preliminary comment is in order:

A variety of the Christian views that Pucket attacks in these questions are held by a very specific sect of Christian believers, and by no means characterize the whole of Christian views. The questions also occasionally make broad statements which either mischaracterize Biblical teachings, or are backed up with no supporting evidence. Where these mistakes are made, the responses are largely aimed at correcting these mischaracterizations. This is not to say that the attack has no merit, but the attack would need to be re-worked to fit a proper representation of that belief.

Finally, it is worth noting that the questions are sometimes phrased in highly emotive or sarcastic forms. This article will attempt to respond to the fundamental objection being raised, rather than the tone in which they are presented, however the questions themselves will be presented in their original format.

Why is there no evidence of Miracles?

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29 – Why is there no evidence of any of the miracles performed by God? None whatsoever.

This depends on what you consider a miracle and what you consider evidence. While science can explain everything about how the physics that govern the observable universe, there is no reasonable explanation about how a vast, complex, beautiful and functional universe emerged from nothing. From nothing, nothing comes. Since time and space are finite and require a point of origin and an explanation for their existence, that explanation must be timeless, spaceless, eternal, and powerful, and intelligent enough to create everything.
The emergence of life from non-living matter is also something science has failed to explain. DNA requires proteins as part of its structure, but protein is only produced by DNA. There are no experiments that have been run to successfully create proteins.
Another miracle for which there is a significant amount of evidence is the resurrection of Christ.
Space does not allow to trot out the entire line of evidence, so a brief summary must suffice:
• The Gospel accounts and the book of 1 Corinthians all harmonize on the specifics of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, giving multiple attestations.
• Cold Case Homicide Detective J. Warner Wallace notes that the Gospels bear all the hallmarks of eyewitness testimony, including telling the same accounts from different perspectives and unintentionally supporting each others accounts by filling in minor details that clarify one another’s account. Scholar J.J. Blunt has noted hundreds of these details in his book Undesigned Coincidences.
• External first century writings such as the writings of Josephus, the Talmud, Thalus, Phlegon, Tacitus, and Mara Bar-Serapion all confirm that Jesus lived, was credited with miraculous works, died, and was reported by his persecuted followers to have risen. None of these sources were, themselves, Christians.
• Dr. Gary Habermas has done a survey of hundreds of prominent non-Christian historians and scholars as to the basic facts regarding Jesus’ life and death that they believe to be true based on historical evidence. These scholars overwhelmingly agree that Jesus was buried in the tomb of a well-known Sanhedrin, that the tomb was found to be empty some three days later, that a variety of people believe that they saw a resurrected Jesus, and that Jesus brother James and the Apostle Paul both underwent drastic conversion experiences. While scholars are divided on the explanation for these facts, the most obvious explanation is that Jesus did, in fact, rise.
• There are a number of Old Testament prophecies – verified to have been written prior to the New Testament – that only make sense in the light of Christ’s resurrection. Most obviously Isaiah 53.
What must be understood about miracles is that they are not random whims of God. Miracles are Biblically only performed in order to indicate that a message or messenger is from God. Moses performed miracles confirming that the law he brought was from God. Subsequent prophets performed miracles to show that they were, indeed, God’s messengers. Every miracle that Jesus performed was done to confirm his message. Thus, he helped Peter, James, and John catch an overabundance of fish right before calling them to follow him. He healed the paralytic man only after the crowds questioned his power to forgive sin. A significant number of theologians believe that miracles did, indeed, cease after the Bible was completely written. No further messages were needed, thus no further miracles occurred.
If modern-day accounts of miracles seem dubious, this could be because they are fake. But the two most important miracles – creation and the resurrection of Christ – still resonate to this day.

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