|“Jesus says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28) In other words, fear God rather than your temporal wellbeing. If you say that you have no fear of God, you are doomed to live in fear of your circumstances. Fear in this life can only be eliminated by fearing God.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it, and said, Thus says the Lord, I have made this water wholesome; henceforth neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.”‘ II Kings 2:21
The spring watering the city of Jericho was unfit for drinking. The prophet cured the spring by pouring salt into it. Not only was the water now drinkable, they no longer had a problem; the salt not only cured the water, but the spring itself. From this we can draw two related conclusions:
First, a miracle is an event contrary to our understanding of how things work. Salt naturally destroys the usability of water; it does not restore it. Not only did the salt heal the waters, one application gave the spring a permanent cure. Second, a miracle assumes an ordered universe where things don’t happen by chance. We assume that inviolable laws govern the universe, and thus the breaking of a law is a miracle. This in turn assumes the existence of a transcendent God who established the laws by which the universe functions.
Contrary to most people’s assumption, those skeptical of miracles logically believe in the existence of God. If you deny God’s existence, you deny the existence of the laws governing the universe. All you have left are degrees of probability. In such a universe what you normally call miracles would be common occurrences. You would expect people to occasionally walk on water and raise the dead. Within a world of limitless possibilities, salt would normally corrupt water, but could, in different circumstances, have the opposite effect. If you are a skeptic, logically you accept that what the Bible calls miracles could and probably did happen, for everything exists and operates by chance.
Job 36-37 Acts 15:22-41 (New King James Version)
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