On March 9th, Fred Winters, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Illinois was shot and killed by a man who walked into the service and began firing. Bullets hit Winters’ Bible, and the gun jammed after a few shots, but Winters died.
Here are a few questions you might want to consider to determine whether you selectively, arbitrarily, inconsistently or absurdly ascribe phenomena to the power of God.
- If the Bible would have stop the fatal bullet, would this have been positive evidence for God’s protection?
- Since the bullet that hit the Bible did not stop the fatal bullet, is this negative evidence for God’s protection?
- If the gun would have jammed before the fatal shot, would this have been positive evidence for God’s protection?
- Since the gun did not jam before the fatal shot, is this negative evidence for God’s protection?
- If Fred Winters would have survived, would this have been a miracle?
- Was the death of Fred Winters a miracle?
- What is your criteria for deciding what is and what is not a miracle?
- Is your criteria used consistently among Christians?
- Is your criteria consistent with the way the word miracle is used in the Bible?
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