The Magical Powers of the Apostle Peter’s Shadow

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Wow.  I grew up a pastor’s son.  I was either a Christian or a child in a Christian home for 53 years.  I thought I had heard all the miracle stories in the Bible.  Well, while reading Kenneth Woodward’s The Book of Miracles this afternoon, I realized I had missed one:

 Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. 16 A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.   — Acts 5:14-16

Gary:  Healed by a shadow!!!  And Protestant Christians wonder where Catholics get their “silly” relic veneration tradition!  If a saint’s shadow can heal you, why not his bones or even his carefully preserved foreskin (Holy Foreskin!)!

Good grief.

Notice in this passage that there is no mention that the healing which occurred due to falling under Peter’s shadow was dependent upon the sick person’s faith.   Only “some” of the people who desired healing and were laid out to be healed were healed.  It had nothing to do with your faith.  It had everything to do with your luck.  If you were lucky enough to fall under Peter’s shadow, you were healed.  If Peter’s shadow missed you, you were not healed.

This is not a case of “healing by faith”.  No.  This is pure magic, folks.

By the way, Paul (allegedly) possessed similar magical powers:

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them.    —Acts 19:11-12

Wow.

Jesus had a magical hem.  Paul had magical handkerchiefs.  And Peter had a magical shadow.

Modern, educated people should not believe that these fantastical tall tales were actual historical events!

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The Magical Powers of the Apostle Peter’s Shadow

  1. strange that someone who was a christian for 53 years hadn’t read the book of Acts.

    Also – it doesn’t necessarily that the shadow healed anyone, just that people held Peter in such regard they wanted his shadow to fall on them.

    And an argument from incrudelity is fallacious. Nothing said in this post overturns the historical merit of the New Testament, the arguments you muster against that fact being unconvincing and I posit dealt with at every turn.

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    1. “it doesn’t necessarily that the shadow healed anyone, just that people held Peter in such regard they wanted his shadow to fall on them.”

      Read the passage again, Liam:

      so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. 16 A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

      “…they were all cured”

      Being cured was the entire point of putting people in the streets to come under the shadow of Peter.

      And what about Paul’s magic handkerchiefs, Liam?

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    1. I did read the entire Book of Acts, I just never noticed that story for some reason. I was probably still thinking about the Annanias and Sapphira story which precedes it.

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  2. If you want to take down Christianity, you should attack the resurrection. The works of the apostles are a distraction.

    Demonstrate, from history, that the resurrection didn’t happen and everything else collapses. (Paul says that too.)

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  3. “If you want to take down Christianity, you should attack the resurrection. The works of the apostles are a distraction.”

    The resurrection is an event witnessed by and testified to by the apostles.
    This is an important issue for understanding the mindset and character and beliefs of the witnesses.

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