reply to post by LUXUS
Neither Moses, Jesus, nor Mohammed ever performed miracles. The belief in wondrous deeds and actions stems from the pagan faiths of the ancient middle
east. The gods of Mesopotamia, Persia, India, and the Levant were all known to be capable of astounding feats.
When the Hebrews began to crystallize their own religious belief, with a "superior" deity, it was important that man
, and not just the Lord,
be capable of doing the miraculous feats of the "false" gods. In turn, because Abraham, Moses, and the others were capable of the same miracles as
the pagan deities, it made the Hebrew deity, who could do so much more than His followers, appear all the more impressive.
Consider 1 Kings 18: 20-40, the story of Elijah and the priests of Ba'al. In this tale, a single human follower of the Lord goes toe-to-toe with all
of the priests of the "false" god, Ba'al. The single Jew is able to elicit a more miraculous spectacle from his deity than all of the priests of
The same thing happened with the Church when it encountered the Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Celtic peoples. The lives and times of the Saints so
closely mirror pagan deities, to the point where some are even considered to have been
pagan deities, because the Church needed a way to
demonize or slander the pagan beliefs, and instill awe and wonder and reverence for the Christian theology.
Consider Brigid of Kildare, an early Irish Christian saint, who, scholarly, is widely believed to be nothing more than a plagiarism of the pan-Celtic
goddess Brigid. Because Irish Christianity developed in an insular way, that is cut off from Roman influence, the Irish Christian people maintained
their belief in pagan nature spirits and deities. When the Roman Catholic Church couldn't force this belief from the people, they converted it.
Or, consider Justin Martyr's quote concerning Jesus Christ, and his function as a human being who fulfilled the roles of the "false" pagan gods.
Jesus, like Moses and the saints, was meant to be a human being capable of performing the same miraculous feats as the pagan gods, thereby making God
Himself look all the more impressive:
And when we say also that the Word, who is the first-birth of God, was produced without sexual union, and that He, Jesus Christ, our Teacher, was
crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propound nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you esteem sons
First Apology, Chapter XXI
The "miracles" of Islam are more of the same.
Still, the monotheists chooses to remain oblivious to the obvious reactionary element of their faith.
~ Wandering Scribe