APOLOGETICS SESSION 10
Miracles and Revelation
- According to Geisler in this video, what is the biggest miracle of all?
- Someone tells you, "Miracles are NOT possible." What would you say?
- Geisler mentions the quote below from C.S. Lewis. Do you agree? Explain.
"If we admit God, must we admit miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain." -C.S. Lewis
- How is a miracle defined in this video? Would you agree with this definition?
- He says that miracles are possible. What reasoning does he give? Do you agree with him?
- He says that miracles are not just possible, but actual. What reasoning does he give? Do you agree?
- He also says that miracles are also necessary. What is his reason for miracles being necessary?
- Turek defines a miracle as "God intervening in the natural order to overpower natural laws." Do you think this is a good definition?
- Can you overpower natural laws? Explain.
- What is the greatest miracle in the Bible?
- Turek says that if Genesis 1:1 is true, then any other miracle is possible. Do you agree?
- Anything else stand out to you from this video?
- In your own words, how would you answer the question: What about miracles of other world religions?
- Why do you believe in the miracles in the Bible?
- In the last example of the woman who left Christianity to become a Buddhist, the woman left the Christian faith because the wanted to live a lifestyle different from what Jesus demanded. Do you think this is a common reason to leave the Christian faith?
- "If our entire salvation is dependent on our accepting Jesus, why does God act in such a hidden fashion today?" What is your answer in your own words?
- Discuss the quote below: do you agree with Pascal?
- Why doesn't God give us more evidence?
- Craig says that there is sufficient evidence; would you agree?
- He also says that the primary way we know God exists is experiential. Do you agree? ("Seek and you will find.")
"God so regulates the knowledge of Himself that He has given indications of himself, which are visible to those who seek Him and not to those who do not seek Him. There is enough light for those to see what only desire to see, and enough obscurity for those who have a contrary disposition." -Blaise Pascal
"You might have wondered why the Enemy (God) does not make more use of His power to be sensibly present to human souls in any degree He chooses and at any moment. But you now see that the Irresistible and the Indisputable are the two weapons which the very nature of His scheme forbids Him to use. Merely to over-ride human will (as His felt presence in any but the faintest and most mitigated degree would certainly do) would be for Him useless. He cannot ravish. He can only woo." -C.S. Lewis (Screwtape Letters)
Discussion Questions Regarding the C.S. Lewis Quote Above
- What does it mean to 'ravish'?
- What does it mean to 'woo'?
- Do you agree with C.S. Lewis that Gad cannot ravish but only woo? Explain.
- How have you personally experienced God woo-ing you?
- Many non-believers today complain that God doesn't exist because if He did, they'd expect Him to make himself forcibly known to them. How would you respond to that?
- In light of these truths, how would you expect God to communicate with us?
- What would you say is Piper's main point about miracles in this video? Do you agree? Explain.
- Piper says that miracles were not intended by God to be normative in the church. Would you agree? Explain.
- What then were (are?) the purposes of miracles?
- Do miracles still happen today? What is Sean McDowell's answer in a nutshell?
- Do you believe that miracles still happen today? Why?
- What stood out to you most from this session/discussion?
- Closing thoughts/comments?