Sunday, March 22, 2015

Faith and Miracles

It has always impressed me that when Jesus of Nazareth healed someone, he often told them to not go and tell others about what had happened. The only thing he ever told someone to after wards was to go and show himself (or themselves) to the priest so that they can be accepted back into the community. It seems evident that the Master did not want the limelight, or at least his manifestations of power to be the limelight. Rather, he wanted the doctrines that he preached to be the measure of who and what he was.

I have a theory as to why he preferred those he healed to keep silent.  Perhaps it was because he kew that such things would not produce faith, only interest and gossip. This appears very evident in the Pharisees and the Sadducees, who saw many of Christ's miracles, but this did not produce faith. Only outrage, jealousy, and contempt.

In our world today, we must be grateful for miracles, but we must not allow them to become the foundation of our faith. Why? Because miracles are like many other things in life; they are impressive when they happen, but over time the effect wears off and we will need another miracle to revive our faith. It is clear from the scripture that God will not produce miracles just because we want them, so our faith may not have the chance to revive and recover if it is solely based on miracles.

For our faith to be true it must rest in the fact that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of Humankind. Jesus himself is the greatest of all miracles, and unlike the miracles in the Bible and other holy writ, coming to know him deepens our faith and belief in him. If we truly have faith in him and show it by keeping his commandments and becoming like him, the day will come when we will see him and know that he is.

1 comment:

  1. This is a very true principle. Faith precedes the miracle and we can use the miracle as a tool to build upon our faith.