Saturday, 16 July 2016

Gold Dust, Gemstones, Oil, Feathers, Fillings, Orbs & Healings

When we genuinely know God has done something truly supernatural, we ought to welcome critical inquiry. Because we know an honest inquiry can only reveal that something supernatural has indeed occurred. It only gives further opportunity for God to be glorified.

But if being questioned about our claim instead makes us angry, or if we begin instead to attack the motives of the inquirer, if we don't tolerate such inquiry - then something is likely amiss. Not only is there likely something amiss with our claim, but in some cases it might mean there's also something amiss with our own character.

The Apostles did better than that. Every story they told had at least two or three witnesses. And a multitude of people would have been more than happy to answer questions, showing that something supernatural had indeed occurred. The miracles were so obvious that most of the initial testimony came from the people, not from Jesus or from the disciples themselves.

Not even Jesus' enemies could deny that notable miracles had indeed occurred. His enemies had to deal with the undeniable reality that miracles were occurring. That's a far cry from someone claiming a miracle, and then not tolerating honest, critical inquiry.

I JOHN 1:1-4
1 That which was from the beginning, which we [plural] have HEARD, which we [plural] have SEEN with our eyes, which we have LOOKED UPON, and our HANDS have HANDLED, of the Word of life; 
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have SEEN it, and BEAR WITNESS, and SHEW unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
That which we have SEEN and HEARD DECLARE we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.  

LUKE 1:1-4
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most SURELY believed among us,
Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were EYEWITNESSES, and ministers of the word;
It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
That thou mightest know the CERTAINTY of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

ACTS 1:3

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS, being SEEN of them [plural] forty days, and SPEAKING of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

Moses' Law taught the principle of two or three witnesses:

15 the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

Jesus repeated the same principle (Matthew 18:16); so did Paul (II Corinthians 13:1).

The Godhead Himself consists of three eternal witnesses:

I JOHN 5:7
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

As if that wasn't enough, check this out:


6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

God has multiple creatures with eyes all over them, watching from multiple vantage-points around the throne, non-stop - and yet all they can conclude is that God is Holy, holy, holy. That's how willing God was to have witnesses.  

If we do due diligence to check-out an alleged miracle before we report it, and people know that we do, then when we report something, it will inspire confidence and faith in them that hear us. And that's what you want.

But if people suspect we make our claims flippantly, then when we report something, they might have a question in their mind as to how true it really is. It can't inspire faith. We only do our message and ourselves a disservice.

Besides, the more notably miraculous something is, the more others will report it anyway - you yourself will hardly need to do the reporting.


21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

So check things out a bit first. And if someone else wants to check it out, welcome it. For the greater glory of God!

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