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There are several instances in the Bible where miracles performed by Jesus have been mentioned. I was wondering what are the arguments for and against these accounts.

Did Jesus actually perform miracles or are the events mentioned just exaggerated stories?

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Perhaps others will cite extensive references, but it ultimately boils down to this: the arguments for the miracles come from the Bible, and the arguments against come from observation of the natural world. –  George Cummins Jul 11 '13 at 21:05
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@GeorgeCummins 98% sure that't not exactly true. And while I don't know the docs offhand, I'm reasonably confident Jesus was described as a miracle or "wonder" worker by contemporary secular historians. But maybe more convincing is the fact that all of His close followers were prepared to die in His Name. Not something you'd expect if it was all a bunch of exaggeration. And that's not exactly evidence "from the Bible." More like historical + psychological evidence. –  svidgen Jul 11 '13 at 21:09
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You may also find these questions and answers interesting: Do miracles violate the laws of physics? and Do Catholics really believe in contemporary miracles?. –  maj nem ɪz dæn Jul 11 '13 at 21:13
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@achillez16 You may be more likely to elicit an answer if you narrow this question down to either evidence for (apologetics?) the miracles or for common arguments against them. But not both. That seems like a bit much to cram into one comprehensive answer. –  svidgen Jul 11 '13 at 21:49
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@GeorgeCummins Ha ... it had to happen sooner or later! –  svidgen Jul 11 '13 at 21:55

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If they were exaggerated stories, the Gospels should describe them wildly different.

If you see the gospels as testimonies, then the fact that there is a harmony between them, especially considering the time difference between when they were written and the backgrounds of the people writing them, is a strong indicator that they were describing something as real.

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