reply to post by Drzava
When Christ came, many asked Him for miracles. They sought a sign from Him, but when He'd perform a miracle, the people still did not believe. Some
even said, after seeing such, that He was in league with Satan. It is not signs and wonders that bring people to believe in God.
Something to keep in mind, too, is that the Bible spans about 4,000 years. Yes, Moses parted the red sea by God's command, Elijah called fire down on
a mountain, and a donkey had words with Balasm, but that wasn't the norm. Those were exceptional incidents that made it into the Bible.
At the same time, Christ did
say that these works He did we (disciples of Christ) would do and greater. There are many miracles documented by
various churches, but many, because the churches openly admit they believe in God, are dismissed because they're biased. It's ridiculous circular
logic, in my opinion, but there it is.
It really does seem, though, that today, compared with Biblical times and even a few hundred years ago, miracles, signs and wonders are significantly
lacking. It's interesting to not that for about 400 years before Christ was born, no prophet was in Israel (which was unusual), and miracles, signs
and wonders were not taking place. It was like the calm before the storm to draw even more attention to the Prince of Peace's coming.
It does appear, at least in my understanding of scripture, that miracles, signs and wonders are going to increase in time in the West, if it still
stands. Already miracles take place that are spoken of by missionaries in South America, Africa and India all the time. Here in the west, though,
they're not taking place. I believe that's in the process of changing, though. God's hand is moving, and many are moving from their worship of
Science as an impersonal god to recognizing there seems to be something more. Time will tell if this model will soon be changing!