Do you believe in miracles? When Christians think about miracles, it can cause one to pause and wonder if there are miracles today or not. Christians should believe there have been miracles at various times in history.
The “Nicene Creed” was accepted by the First Council of Constantinople as orthodox, something which all churches could teach in common with each other. Full of miracles, the “Nicene Creed” states the following about Jesus:
- And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;
- by whom all things were made;
- who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
- he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
- from thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead ;
- whose kingdom shall have no end..
Jesus is the center of the creed. The section list the crucial beliefs a follower of Christ should believe. The creed speaks of miracle after miracle. If all references to miracles were removed the “Nicene Creed” would make no sense. Christianity rests on Jesus the Christ and the miraculous.
A sermon preached at St Jude on the Hill in London 1945, C.S. Lewis asserts that there would be no major changes to other world religions if all miracles were removed.
But you cannot possibly do that with Christianity, because the Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left. (1)
For a Christian ‘yes’ is the only answer to the question, “has God worked through miracles?” Christianity falls if miracles do not exist.
In “Creed”, the song by Rich Mullins, the chorus is a great. The creeds are not just some ideas, they are truth about God. God is making us by these truths. It is not our choice of wording, but rather the truth of God. I have included the chorus below for your thought,
And I believe what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God and not
The invention of any man
If you have time to listen, listen. You can also meditate as the creeds are all about who God is. There is a short introduction by Rich Mullins in this version.
(1) C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock. (Grand Rapids: Eerdman’s, 1970), p. 81