22nd June 2008, mgh
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1) Miracles in context
The record of miracles in the Bible is one of the main reasons why many people reject its authenticity. They claim that miracles are an impossibility and consequently reject the Bible as a whole.
If the age of science and industrialization such as exists today had instead been in the days of Israel's Kingdom in 1000 BC and the technology had subsequently been lost, what might the Bible have sounded like? Imagine what effect the following would have on those living in 1700AD.
King Solomon was king over all Israel. Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the men making towers for words to go through the heavens. Therefore Solomon in his palace could talk with his men in whatseover part of the land they sojourned, from Dan to Beersheba. He sends out his commandment. His word runs very swiftly. Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who managed the large chariots which fly in the air, even beyond Egypt.
Judah and Israel were many as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, sending words to each other from tablets in their hand, eating and drinking and making merry.
Judah and Israel lived safely. Solomon had five thousand iron chariots that breathed fire. Iron also and oil of bitumen for swift chariots brought they to the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge. Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
In 1700 who would have believed this? They would think that it was impossible for such things as chariots to fly and words to go a long distance through the air. These would seem to be unbelievable miracles.
This present generation, familiar with electronic gadgetry, expects the inventors to produce new electronic and mechanical capabilities every year. If inventors produce never before seen effects, why should we doubt that miracles could occur? If the future contains things that would sound incredible to us, why is it unlikely that greater capability existed in the past?