Did the miracles in the Bible really happen? Recently a friend (who isn't religious) gave me a book that claims they didn't happen, and they can all be explained as natural events that people just thought were miracles. Which should I believe, this book or the Bible? — L.McC.
I sincerely hope you will believe what the Bible says -- not just about miracles, but about God and His love for us. Our greatest need is to know God, and the Bible alone tells us how we can come to know Him in a personal way.
The Bible calls the miracles "signs" -- and that's what they are: signs that point us beyond ourselves to God. They demonstrate to us that God isn't just some kind of impersonal force (like gravity); neither is He distant and unconcerned about us. God cares about us, and the miracles prove this. God also is all-powerful, and the miracles clearly demonstrate this.
Remember: The people who wrote the Bible weren't naive or unsophisticated. They lived closer to nature than most of us do today, and they knew that miracles were highly unusual. When a miracle took place, they knew God was at work, and they were careful to record what took place. As the Bible says, "We did not follow cleverly invented stories ... but we were eyewitnesses" (2 Peter 1:16).
Yes, the Bible records many miracles. But the greatest miracle of all is that God loves us -- in spite of our sin and rebellion -- and Jesus Christ came into the world to forgive our sins and take us someday to heaven. Open your heart to Christ today, and discover the gift of His forgiveness and presence.