Looking for a Miracle

Reginald Cherry, M.D., spends much of his book, The Bible Cure, promoting the healthy diet that God has supposedly given humanity. His credibility dropped a notch when he was compelled to “testify” about how he was miraculously saved and witnessed miraculous healings, most of which were of the non-descript, impossible-to-verify nature. What sets Dr. Cherry apart, however, is the fact that these “miracles” are recorded in a book on dieting – for health reasons.

I just have to ask: if miracles still exist that can cure things like a clogged carotid artery or congestive heart failure, why do we worry about high-density or low density proteins, poly- or monounsaturated fats, or the benefits or drawbacks of butter v. canola oil? Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we will receive a miracle that Roto-Rooters our blood vessels and drains off our heart fluid and we’re good to go for another pork-chop – don’t trim the fat.

Unfortunately, Dr. Cherry has missed the point of miracles. Jesus certainly had compassion for physical suffering but the purpose of miracles was not to give sight or restore hearing. Quite the contrary! Many diseased and lame were not healed in Jesus’ day (Matthew 13:58). He condemned those who saw only the physical benefits (John 6:26). Jesus (and those gifted by the Holy Spirit) did miracles to confirm the word (John 14:11; cf. Mark 16:20; Hebrew 2:3-4). In every case and at every opportunity, when Jesus or His disciples performed a miracle, it was a prelude to Divine teaching.

It is sad that so many religious folks today are still looking for a miracle when “…many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30-31). Miracles have ceased and God’s record is sufficient.

JDS