It was intriguing to hear one person’s honest account of entertaining the idea that, somehow, the miracles recorded in scripture did not actually occur, and that accepting this had had an enormous freeing effect on his faith (and of others who looked at these same perspectives).
Another person found this disrespectful of the integrity of the Bible. However, this person held the view that miracles do not happen anymore, and this had a freeing on effect on her faith.
I was struck more by the similarity of their assertions, rather than the differences. I think for both it marks a rebellion against others who are equally dogmatic in their views!
My faith is content with the miracles – to me they seem integral to Jesus. And intermittent healing in our times seems totally in keeping with Jesus’ love, healing at will within the working of his kingdom among us. Pain though that might be to explain!
To me it seems that taking a ‘position’ and declaring ‘this is what I think is true, take it or leave it,’ seems like surrender. Capitulation. Not wanting to face the mystery of God interacting in his creation.
I prefer Peter’s position. Jesus, you sometimes baffle me, but I ain’t got anywhere else to go. You have the words of eternal life. Lead me on.
I think ‘my faith’ is a gift given when I acknowledged my lack of faith, and something to continue to discover the wonder and power of. It should be rooted in my trust of Jesus, not in my understanding of him. There is no substitute for not merely trusting Jesus for eternal life to come, but daily trusting him to impart the same to be discovered in practical living.
That everyday renewal of the mind as a protest against being conformed to the world and its ways.
That’s true freedom.