In yesterday's post we began answering the question: what is a miracle? We proposed the first part of the answer: "miracles are by their essence irregular events". In the course of the conversation we proposed the following logical argument:
#1 Irregular events do occur in this world
#2 A Miracle, per our definition, is an irregular event
Therefore miracles can occur in this world
Now this first trait declares the possibility of miracles in this world, however it by itself does not fully answer the question: what is a miracle? Today's post continues on our discussion by proposing a second defining characteristic of miracles: namely that miracles are events directly done by God.
The literature on the subject of miracles often emphasizes that true miracles occur in specific contexts and for specific purposes. When God wrought forth miracles in the Bible, they always occurred, to borrow a term from Dr. William Lane Craig, in "religiously significant contexts". God's direct intervention in the affairs of people and events is a reminder to us that He is The Personal as well as The Powerful God revealed in the Bible. Thus from our brief survey of scripture, we can define a miracle as an irregular occurence that is done directly by God.
I request patience from my readers, being that we are building to an overall answer to the question about miracles. This current series is attempting to equip the Christian reader to deal with the skeptical and cynical age in which we live. Tomorrow we will consider another description that aids in answering the question: what is a miracle?