Defining Miracles

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.

  1. If the Bible would have stop the fatal bullet, would this have been positive evidence for God’s protection?
  2. Since the bullet that hit the Bible did not stop the fatal bullet, is this negative evidence for God’s protection?
  3. If the gun would have jammed before the fatal shot, would this have been positive evidence for God’s protection?
  4. Since the gun did not jam before the fatal shot, is this negative evidence for God’s protection?
  5. If Fred Winters would have survived, would this have been a miracle?
  6. Was the death of Fred Winters a miracle?
  7. What is your criteria for deciding what is and what is not a miracle?
  8. Is your criteria used consistently among Christians?
  9. Is your criteria consistent with the way the word miracle is used in the Bible?

Comments are encouraged.


You can read a forum discussion based on this post here.


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One thought on “Defining Miracles

  1. Chris says:

    All good questions that unfortunately rarely get asked or answered. Who’s to say what a miracle is or isn’t. I find that people for the most part make it up as they go along, based on what makes them feel good. Kind of like religion…

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