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Actions of God not explained by normal laws of physics, chemistry, biology, or the natural sciences

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Why did Jesus protest before performing his first miracle?

In John 2:1-12 we read of Christ's first miracle, turning water into wine. Before he performs his miracle, though, he says to his mother: “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour ...
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Do miracles violate the laws of physics? [closed]

I asked a Christian today whether he believed that Jesus turning water into wine literally happened, or was just a metaphor. He said it literally happened, and also that other miracles literally ...
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How do Protestants view “Catholic” miracles, such as those that attest to a saint?

An important part of Catholicism is the canonization of saints in the present day. One of the criteria for canonization is the confirmation of miracles associated with the would-be saint. In ...
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Did the pool of Bethesda have healing powers? [closed]

Recently while reading John 5 with my wife's family, we had a discussion about whether the pool of Bethesda really had healing powers. Some said the story is written as if the pool really could heal: ...
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What evidence exists for post-Biblical miracles? [closed]

I think any Christian will agree that real-life miracles happened at the time of the Old and New Testament. I've also heard that modern day miracles are more common in developing countries than they ...
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What is the justification for relying on faith healing over conventional medicine?

Every so often, I read about Christian parents choosing faith healing over conventional medicine for their sick children, in some cases with lethal results. This usually results in the parents being ...
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Were the similarities between the miracles of Elisha and Jesus deliberate or simply coincidental?

I have often wondered if God deliberately intended for the miracles of Elisha to be a preview of the miracles our Savior would perform, as a way of verification of Jesus Deity. Elisha brought the ...
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Jonah and the Whale - Is there any scientific proof that it is possible to survive in the belly of whale? [closed]

The book of Jonah records that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a great fish (possibly a whale). And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the ...
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What is the message of Matthew 9:5?

Matthew 9:1-8 (NIV) 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “...
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Why did Jesus not want people to talk about his healing? [duplicate]

There are numerous instances in the gospels of Jesus healing someone, and then Jesus in some form or another instructing them to keep silent about it. One example, in Matthew 9:27-31 27 As Jesus ...
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Why are we not seeing miracles in our lives? [closed]

I am wondering why we as Christians are not seeing those great miracles of old and as promised in Mark 11 vs 17 & 18. Or is it we are failing short or miracles were for a specific period?
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Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God? [closed]

I'll put my frustrations as concisely as I can. I would really appreciate all below points being addressed to some extent. Why are things not the way they were? In the old testament, literally ...
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What does the account of pigs and demons mean? [closed]

Luke 8 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into ...
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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

There are a number of groups who believed that after the time of the Apostles, God withdrew miracles from the world (please correct me if that is the wrong understanding). But the book of James ...
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Did Jesus perform miracles as a child?

I heard that there are some early books which tell of Jesus performing some miracles when he was a child. What are those books? And what are the miracles described in those books? Are descriptions ...
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Where can I find official documents of Buenos Aires' Eucharistic Miracle?

I want to study the Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Buenos Aires, 1996. Does someone know if there are some official documents of the Vatican, or another Catholic Church authority? I just find ...
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How could the Egyptian magicians do what God did through Moses?

In Exodus when God performed miracles through Moses and Aaron, the Egyptian magicians did the same things that God did, How is that possible ? The first time: Exodus 7:10-13 So Moses and ...
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Are there any documented instances of anyone moving a mountain in faith? [closed]

Jesus said we could tell mountains to move (Matthew 17:20), if only we had faith as small as the size of a mustard seed. Has this ever happened? If so, has it been documented or is there any evidence? ...
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Could more miraculous works bring more persons to faith? [closed]

There are those who say that if they saw the miracles that happens in the time of Moses, or the disciples they would surely have faith. What are the Biblical reasons for miracle? Is it to create ...
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How does one test the spirits and identify false preachers?

The Word of God says, Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1) Many ...
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From a biblical perspective, Who performs a miracle - the person or God?

In answering a question about kenosis, I said that Jesus emptied himself of his divinity, essentially, "giving up the perks of being God." Hammar replied, "but he still performed miracles, didn't he?" ...
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In a Eucharistic miracle, do the communicants still partake of the sacrament?

In the miracle of Lanciano in the eighth century, not only the substance but also the accidents of the bread and wine became that of flesh and blood. Chemically, it was identical to human flesh and ...
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How was Judas Iscariot, as the son of perdition, able to work miracles and cast out demons? [closed]

The Scriptures describe Judas Iscariot in terms that certainly indicate that he was never a true follower of Jesus: The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by ...
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Why is the miracle of raising the dead often noted as being done privately?

Elijah takes the widow's son upstairs and later returns the son to the widow downstairs so its assumed she wasn't with him during the miracle. Peter closes the door of the room as well. Elisha is ...
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Vatican approved miracles

Does Vatican (or Holy See) publish the miracles it has approved? I'm seeking a list of currently approved miracles (any kind, really, including apparitions, eucharistic miracles and so on). I was, ...
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Do holy relics lose power over time?

Do holy relics lose power over time? It seems as if holy relics account for fewer miracles than in times past. The handkerchiefs of Paul had incredible power to heal (Acts 19: 12). Today one seldom ...
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How do Cessationists expect people to believe without seeing miracles today?

Classical Cessationism asserts that the "sign gifts" such as prophecy, healing and speaking in tongues ceased with the apostles and the finishing of the canon of Scripture. They only served as ...
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Are there non-medical miracles that can get a person beatified/canonized?

It seems like every miracle that is used in the case for beatification in the Catholic Church has to do with some sickness being prayed for and its miraculous cure. But it seems to me that there are ...
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Do Cessationists believe that there are no modern miracles?

The general concept of Cessationism that I have is that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not given these days, having fulfilled their purpose nearly 2000 years ago. What I'm not sure about is whether ...
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What is an overview of different denominations' beliefs about how Jesus Christ performed miracles? (By the Holy Spirit or by something else?) [closed]

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same ...
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Why did Mary ask Jesus to make wine at the Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana is the only instance AFAIK where Mary asks Jesus to perform a miracle. Is there any indication or insight as to why she did so ? Was the family very close to her/them ? Or was ...
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Do any independent sources exist mentioning Jesus' miracles performed and the people He performed them on?

I'm aware that there are credible historical texts that reference Jesus and His general path, independent of the Bible. However, I'm curious to know, do any of those specifically describe the ...
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Is there modern evidence that the Sun stood still? [closed]

Has anyone presented tangible, astronomical evidence of a disruption we can see today that is claimed to be caused by the Sun/Moon "stopping" roughly 3500ish years ago as it says in Joshua 10? Has any ...
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Luke 8: Telling others - What's the difference between Jesus driving out demons & healing Jairus's daughter [duplicate]

In Luke 8, the man freed from the Legion demons is told by Jesus not to follow him, but to tell everyone round about. But later, Jesus heals Jairus's daughter and tells the family not to tell anyone. ...
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How does C. S. Lewis define the “natural” and “supernatural” in his book Miracles?

In the second chapter of Miracles, C. S. Lewis sets out to define the terms "natural" and "supernatural" as well as the term "sub-natural". I'm interested in help drawing out what Lewis is saying in ...
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What evidence do we have that Blind Bartimaeus approached Jesus naked?

In Mark 10:46-52, we have the story of Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his ...
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Did the sun and the moon really stop rotating? [closed]

Or, the better question is: did the earth really stop rotating? Joshua 10:12-14 New International Version (NIV) 12: On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to ...
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What is the significance of Jesus' spitting on the ground in the book of John?

Why does Jesus spit on the ground and make clay to anoint the blind man's eyes? What does this represent? Is the need to wash the anointing off significant? John 9:6-7 NIV After saying this, he ...
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Do Catholics really believe in contemporary miracles?

I know beatification requires a miracle. And, I keep reading statements like this, "On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified ...
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She is only sleeping

Luke and Matthew tell of when Jesus brought a young girl back to life. Before he did it however, Jesus says to the people that the girl is only sleeping: Luke 8:52 Meanwhile, all the people ...
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Miracles of the Bible versus the Qur'an

A skeptic said it is intellectually dishonest for me to believe in miracles in the Bible but not in the Qur'an. Is it? What are some Biblical basis for not believing in every miracle, or that every ...
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What did Jesus mean by “whoever believes in me will do greater works than I do”?

In John 14:12, Jesus says: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father." [ESV] ...
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How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?

Trouble began (in Genesis) when the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah (and their allies) rebelled against their overlord, Chedoloamer, who swept down on them with an avenging army, killing or capturing ...
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Did Jesus perform a single miracle before his fast and temptation?

Did Jesus perform a single miracle before his 40 day fast and temptation by the Devil?
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To what extent do Mormons believe that miraculous healing happens in our days?

Gospel accounts about Jesus' life make it seem like he miraculously healed large amounts of people during the time he was here on earth. For example, Matthew 4:23,24 (KJV) says this: And Jesus went ...
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They will see but will remain blind

There's a verse in the Quran saying that the unbelievers will always be unbelievers because they can see the miracles, but even in this case, they won't believe. I'm pretty sure I already read that ...
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Elijah “The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail” miracle or not?

In 1 Kings 17:14 we have the following passage (NV): ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” Now every single ...
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Are there any traditions that believe in the complete cessation of miracles?

As I have learned from this question of mine, the general consensus is that Cessationists do not believe in the cessation of all miracles. This lead me to wonder what to call the people that do ...
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Why did Jesus groan and use spit while healing the deaf man? (Mark 7)

In today's reading Mark 7 says, He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man's ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned,...
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Why don't young-earth creationists just explain things (usually considered as miracles) as miracles?

I've observed some young-earth creationists attempt to link the worldwide flood of Noah's day with melting icebergs. While not critical of the science behind such an explanation, I would really like ...