If We Witness a Miracle, Will We Believe?

Some skeptics claim that if they only see a miracle, they will believe in God. If God would write something in the clouds, or appear in a burning bush and speak directly to them, they would believe.

Let’s test this theory out. What we find when we read the Book of Exodus is that God performed one miracle after another for months, even years. First, there were the 10 plagues that God brought on the Egyptians. Then there was the crossing of the Red Sea. There was the cloud pillar by day and pillar of fire at night.

In Exodus 16 we see even more miracles. God provides food (manna) for the Israelites every morning. On every 6th day, he provides a double portion of manna. He also miraculously preserved the manna for 2 days so that it wouldn’t rot.

The miracle parade goes on and on for the Israelites. So, according to our skeptic, the Israelites who witnessed all of these miracles day after day should have all trusted and believed in God, right? Those of you who have read the rest of Exodus and the following books of the Old Testament know that the Israelites time and again did not trust God. In fact, their lack of faith in God is a central theme of the entire Old Testament!

Even though miracles may help many people to believe in God, they clearly do not convince everyone. A person who simply does not want to believe in God can shove aside any and all evidence that might convince them. Their problem is not with the evidence, but with their heart.

  • Some skeptics claim that if they only see a miracle, they will believe in God. If God would write something in the clouds, or appear in a burning bush and speak directly to them, they would believe.

    “Some people say…” Classic Fox News set up for a straw man.

    What skeptics actually say is show me show me your god. Failing that, show me verifiable replicable evidence that demonstrates that gods exist. Most skeptics worthy of the title are aware of the ways that people regularly fool themselves regarding what they claim to see with their own eyes. We would no more accept the existence of gods because of a random improbable event than we accept that Santa Claus is real because a present appeared under our tree when we were not looking.

  • Donny

    As I see it, my body, and everyone else’s, is as great a miracle as there is. I exist, my body exists, so why would I need to believe?
    And because I don’t if some God created me, or if I crawled out of the ocean a million years ago, it doesn’t matter what I believe. Like Albert Einstein brilliantly observed, “Just dwell in the mystery of it all.”
    And BTW, being a good and loving person, I don’t need to believe in God.
    Like I said, I know God is within me. And She loves me and I love Her! (Smile)