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Faces on Faith: The case for miracles

August 29, 2018
By REV. DR. DARYL DONOVAN , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

I have been thinking a lot about miracles lately. In fact, not too long ago in my quiet reflective morning time, I was wondering why some folks seem to see miracles on a regular basis, while others don't seem to believe in miracles at all. That very day a woman came up to me and said, "I want to give you a book." It was entitled, "The Case for Miracles," by Dr. Lee Strobel. (Coincidence - or miracle?) Seemed very timely to me.

Strobel, a former atheist, went on a journalist journey to disprove the miracles of the Bible, and the claims of Jesus Christ. He traveled thousands of miles and interviewed experts in the fields of medicine, science, archeology, psychology, theology, history and hermeneutics. Many of those he interviewed were self-professing atheists or agnostics. As he researched, the overwhelming facts and evidence pointed to the reality of the resurrection and other miraculous claims surrounding the person of Jesus Christ. Strobel documented his journey in his best seller, "The Case for Christ." This year, a major motion picture was released telling his story. I waited until it got to Netflix to watch it but it is powerful.

Strobel, in his journalistic fashion, does the same with the issue of miracles. Traveling the globe, he again interviewed atheists, agnostics, former-atheists and devote believers in all the significant fields related to history, the sciences, world religions and miracles. He references several "gold standard" studies that shed light on the issues of prayer and miracles. His new book, "The Case for Miracles," is well written, fully documented and concise.

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Rev. Dr. Daryl Donovan

In seminary I remember one professor who defined miracle this way: "It is any event or activity in which faith sees God at work." What many might call coincidence, faith could see as God-incidence. But doesn't that make miracles then totally subjective? Seems to me, the authenticity of a miracle is not up to merely our perception. And that is precisely where Strobel goes in his book. The subtitle says, "A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural." Strobel goes looking for facts, not opinions.

Have you checked out the facts? C. S. Lewis went on a similar faith journey as Strobel, and came to this conclusion: "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, but if true, it is of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." Seems to me what we believe about God is the most important conclusion we will reach in our existence. If so vital, why is so little time invested in the exploration?

The Rev. Dr. Daryl Donovan is the senior pastor at the Sanibel Community Church.



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