Christian Spirituality/Miracles of Lord Jesus Christ.

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Dear Hoyt

http:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracles_of_Jesus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiWBMQAqfIY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNvKIO47_vw
http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/Miracles-Of-Jesus.htm

What could the reasons that we as common people cannot perform the miracles performed by Lord Jesus Christ ?

is it because of the following reasons ?

1. Lord Jesus Christ had Love, Compassion, Brotherhood, Charity, Peace, Showing Mercy, Kindness and so other noble qualities which we as common people do not possess.
2. Lord Jesus Christ didn't had any of this evil qualities viz
Greed, Lust, Jealousy, Anger, Hatred which lead to commit sins
in our life.
3. We as common people are born with worldly things viz money, material etc, Lord Jesus Christ was not bounded by those worldly things.

Can you please share your views on this ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Prashant,

This is an intriguing question to which many smart people have sought the answer. I suspect though, that Paul gives us a hint when he says that "when the perfect has come, the other manifestations would cease. Apparently, it isn't a defect in our character, but part of the process. Miracles it seems were to help confirm the identity of Jesus and his disciples as being from God. Jesus in fact says, "you don't need to believe the words I say, but you should believe them signs you see."

And so the miracles had a purpose in the ministry of Jesus and the early church, and they have/had an expiration period.

In my tradition, we like to discuss just what the "perfect" was that Paul was talking about.I have not heard a good explanation of that which settles all the possible questions however.

Again, in my tradition, we notice that the ability to work signs seemed to be given by the laying on of the Apostles' hands. If this is true, then again, our inability to work miracles isn't based on some deficit we might have, but on the plan of God.


I know this probably wasn't a satisfactory answer, but like I said, a lot of smart people still don't have the answer, but given all the evidence, the cessation of wholesale miracle working seemed to be in the cards from the beginning.

If miracles are supposed to have continued until today, then one obstacle to them would be lack of faith (on either the doer or recipient of the miracle), or a wrong purpose. These seemed to be the obstacles described in the New Testament, and so I suspect they would still be the obstacles today. But even these obstacles aren't due to a defects in the person, but would be tied up in the moment with faith and purpose.

Blessings

Hoyt

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I can address any question dealing with Christian spirituality, spiritual formation or direction, and living in the presence of God.

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MS in Ministry. Have provided spiritual direction, teaching, and counseling for more than ten years. Served as a congregational elder for ten years, providing pastoral counseling, instruction, and preaching. I am a member of our local spiritual directors group and have read and practiced extensively in the area of Christian spirituality. My library contains about 200 books on the topic from various perspectives.

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