Something is missing, mcarans,
Galatians 3:5-6 SO AGAIN I ASK YOU, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
I am not seeing anything from my suggested reasoning in your “Summary of answers to why we don’t see large scale miracles today.”
Instead, I only see the following ideas about large scale miracles:
- those recorded in the Bible are very rare
- they may be myths, or altered and enhanced hyperbole
- they have stopped because we now have in Christ the perfect revelation of God.
Are you actually satisfied with these explanations for why we don’t see miracles today? I’m sure not.
As to the parting of the Red Sea, we see that, in this instance, Moses heard God correctly, and obeyed:
Exodus 4:2 Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.
As to rain stopping as a result of human prayer, I believe Elijah was, like all of us, imperfect, and sometimes misguided. As you know, and failed to mention, I have argued that whenever people misattribute evil to God—be they prophets or otherwise—they are conflating God with Satan.
1 Kings 17:1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word."
So whereas the legalist Satan may come in through the open door of sin and afflict with drought and famine, God warns, and offers salvation to those who hear Him and believe Him. Elijah finally prayed in faith for rain. Too bad it was not sooner instead of later.
Jesus came down to the Israelite camp in a pillar of fire. But now he is in our hearts. Do you honestly think most people today, including many overly intellectual Christians, would even recognize the truth of “large scale” divine miracles if they saw them? Consider,
John 12:28-29a Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered ….
So, was it God’s voice, or just thunder? The skeptical, the rationalistic, the legalistic, those with a scientific materialist paradigm, are going to filter out miracles, in any age; or, they will propose some alternative explanation, be it Darwinian evolution and human potential, or space aliens, or Photoshop! Please, anything but God, or Satan!
And as far a perceived need to distinguish between “large-scale” and “small-scale” miracles, which is more amazing, Moses parting the Red Sea, or Peter walking on water?
Finally, does God love people, and want to help them? Or has He changed? If not, is anyone out there asking Him, for example, to send manna from heaven, and water from rocks to the Muslims dying in Yemen? Or is it that He just doesn’t do that sort of thing anymore, because ‘we have the completed Bible now, so why bother Him?’
If we believe God is an unchanging Savior, we should remember that Jesus gave the twelve disciples authority (including Judas Iscariot), and told them to be miraculously proactive: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
Let’s not be comfortable with rank unbelief. First we need to take time listen to God, to believe Him, and to receive His divine supply. Then we will have something heavenly to give our neighbor.
Then Jesus said, “ Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”