Why doesn’t Jesus perform Indisputable Miracles in front of Television Cameras?

The Raising of Lazarus
by Rembrandt


Conservative Christian:  Well, according to Jesus, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.”   Quite honestly, in my estimation, the reason it (miracles) happens in third world countries is because they haven’t been taught that miracles don’t happen anymore.  (Jesus doesn’t perform indisputable miracles in front of TV cameras and cellphones) because He came to seek and to save them which were lost, not do flashy stuff to entertain skeptics.

 

Gary:  It is certainly possible that the reason why the resurrected Jesus does not perform indisputable miracles in front of TV cameras or cellphone cameras is because he wants people to believe by faith, but could you admit that it is possible that the reason no indisputable miracles are performed in front of video recorders is because miracles aren’t real; they are misperceptions of reality?

And if Jesus wants people to believe by faith, why do so many Christians like Nick Peters and Craig Keener go to such lengths to use evidence to prove the veracity of the Christian Faith???  To me, the excuses for why Jesus won’t perform indisputable miracles today is no different than when a child claims to have an all-powerful invisible friend who performs miracles. So you ask the child,

“How do you know that your friend is there?”

Child: “He talks to me and performs miracles.”

“Would you ask your friend to speak to me or perform a miracle for me?”

Pause.

Child: “My friend says that you don’t really believe so he isn’t going to speak to you or perform a miracle for you.”

“But I would believe in him if he would speak to me or perform a miracle.”

Child: “He wants you to believe first.”

“Ok. I believe.”

Pause.

Child: “My friend says you are only pretending to believe.”

And on and on and on it goes. Bottom line: You can’t prove that the invisible friend is really there or not because the child has created a defense mechanism to prevent you from disproving his friend’s existence. I believe that this is what Christians have done to protect their belief in their imaginary friend, Jesus the Christ.

Note: Both the child and the Christian truly and sincerely believe that their invisible friend is real and is present with them. They are not trying to be deceptive. They are simply trying to protect their belief from outside attacks, and because their belief is so central to their psychological well-being, any excuse will be created to defend it.

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4 thoughts on “Why doesn’t Jesus perform Indisputable Miracles in front of Television Cameras?

  1. A Christian view is that if you are open or want to believe then the miracle might happen. So eg someone told Jesus in the Bible help my unbelief and they got a miracle.

    A Christian answer to why Jesus doesn't make miracles in front of TV is because God wants you to believe based on trust and hope, not being forced to believe.

    I think you can be on to something though. I PERSONALLY WOULD EXPECT that if Jesus rose and appeared to apostle John after the ascension, then he would be appearing to people more often like Nick proposes that he is. Unfortunately, months ago when I went to a mainstream Christian group and presented these kinds of anecdotes, expecting them to show interest, instead they were skeptical or did not seem to have a high regard for the stories. And when I try to investigate them further, it is hard to say for sure whether they were real.

    My guess is that sometimes they have real paranormal experiences, but people in other religions seem to claim these same kinds of stories like visions of Asian deities.

    I think it's hard to find a slam dunk argument. One of the things that happens sometimes when you find a good argument seems to be a denial that the Bible said something. Take for example the story of the waters over the firm layer of the heavens in Gen. 1. About 85% of Creationists I surveyed denied that the Bible actually teaches this and that it's just talking about clouds. Another case is the Eucharist food having Jesus's spirit body. Most Protestants don't believe that it happens, so they sincerely allege that the Bible doesn't teach this. In John 6 they read eat in Must eat my flesh as figurative eating and they read is in This is my body as meaning signifies.

    So their answer seems to be that when you disprove something like flat earth theory as real, their answer is to say that the Bible doesn't teach it.

    One of the latest examples of this strategy is Bart Ehrman's case where he doesn't think Jesus claimed to be uniquely divine among men. Granted, such a strategy would still be saying that the Bible is wrong on the question.

    I guess a better case is when some today claim that the Bible doesn't teach Jesus as having a physical resurrection.

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  2. I see moderate and liberal Christians repeatedly reinterpreting the Bible to keep up with current scientific knowledge. Although I despise fundamentalism, you have to respect the fundamentalist for seeing the obvious. The Bible says what it says. Christians should stop listening to the moderate/liberal “spin” regarding what the Bible says and doesn't say.

    The Bible is an ancient book whose time has come to be moved from one section of the library to another: from “theology” to “historical fiction”.

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  3. “Although I despise fundamentalism, you have to respect the fundamentalist for seeing the obvious”.

    This is also hard to say. Fundamentalists do the same kind of things sometimes. Luther and the Catholics did a better job “seeing the obvious” when it comes to interpreting the supernatural.

    Take for example the water over the firm layer of heavens in Gen.1. Luther accepted that it taught this. Calvin however said that waters meant clouds. Fundamentalists commonly say this too.

    So Fundamentalists are another version of the particular liberal Christians you had in mind when it comes to misinterpreting the Bible.

    Calling Gen 1. an allegory or ancient myth like liberals do seems more accurate than saying that waters over the heavens (and thus also over the sun “in” the heavens) means “clouds”.

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