ARE MIRACLES THE CHRISTIAN'S
STANDARD FOR IDENTIFYING TRUTH?
by Dr. Fillmer Hevener
SOLA SCRIPTURA! SOLA SCRIPTURA!
SOLA SCRIPTURA! AMEN.
In this Twenty-first Century --sometimes referred to as
the post-modern era-- virtually any action is considered
morally acceptable by the typical cosmopolitan
secularist. Finding himself in such an indulgent
society, the Christian must have a lucid, reliable
standard for determining moral TRUTH, no matter what the
The working definition of "miracle" in this article is:
that action which finds its source in the supernatural
world as opposed to the physical, natural world.
The honest person's search for TRUTH is the search for
the Creator God's answers to questions about such
universal issues as: mankind's origins, the purpose of
human life, the human's state after death, and mankind's
IS THERE A SUPERNATURAL WORLD?
There are many self-proclaimed sages who purport to have
access to the supernatural world, and, thus, to have
answers to many universal questions that have perplexed
man for centuries.
Let's frame a true-to-life parable in which a religious
teacher/messenger comes to your home claiming to have
access to divinity and divinity's knowledge. How do you
respond? You ask this teacher/prophet for evidence
supporting such a supernatural connection.
He says, "Fine, I will give you evidence of my
supernatural powers and connections."
He asks if you believe in levitation, a contradiction of
the law of gravity. You tell him, "No!"
He, then, proceeds to give you historical evidence that
levitation can and has occurred.
First, he walks over to your bookcase, takes down the
encyclopedia, and reads to you about one of the most
famous levitators, Daniel Douglas Home, who reportedly
practiced levitation for over forty-years. In 1868,
reports describe Home's levitating out a third-story
window and floating back into the building through
another window. According to reports, when levitating,
Home was sometimes, but not always, in a trance. His
levitation was never demonstrated to be a fraud by
hundreds of skeptical witnesses and tests.
According to some sources, levitation still exists in
India and Tibet. Alexander David-Neel, a British
explorer, one day witnessed the flight of a Buddhist
monk, who flew a dozen meters over an alpine plateau.
Some ancient reports tell of Saint Theresa, a Carmelite
nun, to be among the first to levitate during the Middle
Ages. Her flight was "seen by 230 Catholic priests." The
nun writes about this "gift of levitation" in her
autobiography dated, 1565.
Another churchman, Saint Joseph of Cupertino, was said
to have been observed levitating on more than a hundred
occasions by various Christians.
In 1960, under somewhat controlled scientific
conditions, Nina Kulagina, a Russian psychokinetic,
demonstrated the power to levitate such objects as
tennis balls and water glasses under structured
conditions that made such levitation seem impossible to
the scientists observing her. Dr. Alexander
Dubrov, a scholar in biological science, points out that
one's biogravitational field is deliberately created by
the levitator, who can control that field and change the
direction of flight.
Upon presenting you with this "wealth" of evidence, the
religious teacher looks at you questioningly and asks if
you now accept the reality of levitation.
After hearing this evidence, you, however, are still
skeptical that physical objects can levitate, especially
heavy objects such as people. The religious teacher sees
the doubt in your deep facial lines and questioning eyes
and says, "Alright, now I will persuade you."
VISUAL EVIDENCE IS PROVIDED
The teacher gets up from his wooden chair, goes to the
middle of the room, sits on the heavily carpeted floor,
and crosses his legs in a Yoga position. He starts
meditating, goes into a trance, begins to slowly rise in
thin air, then goes to about three feet above the floor
and stays there for some fifteen minutes. Slowly
descending, then coming out of the trance, and with his
legs still crossed and his eyes fixed firmly on you, he
asks if you now believe in levitation. In honesty, you
must answer, "Yes." He then asks if you believe that he
has contact with the Divine supernatural source of
knowledge. Confused and embarrassed, you mumble a few
unintelligible sounds that commit you to nothing.
Not only has this spiritual teacher drastically reduced
your skepticism about levitation, but he has also gone
far in persuading you that his source of power is,
indeed, beyond the physical realm.
He continues, "I see that you are still in doubt; so,
please allow me to give you further evidence that I have
connections with the divine source of all knowledge. I
am going into a deep trance; my breathing will stop for
some thirty minutes. During this time, please check my
pulse and hold this dressing-room mirror before my nose
and mouth to make sure that I am not breathing."
He, then, points to a large leather-bound black Bible
lying on the nearby end-table. Looking toward the Bible
he says, "After I am into the trance for some ten
minutes, take this Bible, which weighs just over
eighteen pounds, and place it in my hand of the
outstretched arm. Leave it in that hand for at least
Immediately after speaking to you, he again sits with
legs crossed in Yoga fashion in the middle of the room,
goes into deep concentration, and within ten minutes is
in a deep trance. Using the mirror that he provided, you
test his breath. There is no clouding on the mirror. You
then reach for his right arm and test his pulse; there
is no pulse-absolutely no pulse!
After going through this procedure for at least five
times, you must admit to yourself that he is not
You then see his right arm extend with an open hand. You
walk over to the end-table, pick up the Bible, and place
it in that open hand. Checking your watch, you make a
mental note of the time and wait, Wait, WAIT.
Approximately twenty minutes after you placed the Bible
in the hand of his extended arm, he gently lays the
Bible on the floor and starts coming out of his deep
After several minutes, he again looks at you with
deep-set, penetrating eyes, and asks, "Do you now
believe that I am in contact with the source of all
knowledge and wisdom?" You stare into space and are too
stunned to respond.
He continues, "I have new light from that source." He
tells you that he knows you are a Christian seeking
truth and that he has been asked by his divine source to
relate the following Biblical information to you:
1. The seventh-day
Sabbath identified in the fourth commandment is no
longer binding. Christians should now keep the first day
of the week as a memorial to the resurrection of Christ.
2. Once one has
accepted Christ, he cannot be lost; one is predestined
to salvation after such an acceptance.
3. A portion of the
ceremonial law is still binding; Christ's death did not
annul the tithing command in that law.
4. Unlike the
apostles who supported themselves by working with their
hands and spreading the gospel of salvation free of
charge, ministers today should not support themselves
with their hands, but should receive a salary from
5. When Christ
ascended into heaven, he went immediately into the holy
place, not being permitted, at that time, to enter the
Most Holy Place, the throne room of God.
6. Now, salvation is
realized by works of the sinner, not through faith in
the blood of Christ.
7. Contrary to the
apostolic model, the church should have a strong central
authority, a hierarchy of administrators, and be highly
Frightened, confused, and not willing to listen to more
of this erroneous diatribe against the true doctrines
that you know the Bible teaches, you rush from the room,
dash across the yard, and jump into your car.
Immediately you decide to drive to your pastor's home
and share with him this unnerving experience.
YOUR PASTOR COMES TO THE RESCUE
Fortunately, your Pastor is home. You relate to him the
entire episode, including the seven errors that the
teacher/prophet gave you. Pleadingly, you look at him
and say, "Please help me sort out this unhinging
experience. How do I determine truth? How do I decide
what is the will of my Creator, God?"
After calming you, your Pastor, with confidence and
certainty, assures you that there is a way to separate
truth from error. Before taking the Bible from his desk,
he asks that both of you pray for guidance from the Holy
Spirit as you study this vital topic, separating truth
Your Pastor outlines and paraphrases key Biblical texts
that he wishes you to consider:
A. 1 John 4:1- Test
the spirits because many false prophets have gone out
into the world.
B. Mark 13:22- False
christs and false prophets will show great signs and
wonders (miracles) which will deceive, if possible, the
very elect, the best students of the Bible and those
having the greatest faith in Christ.
C. Matthew 7: 22,
23- Many will say that they have prophesied in Christ's
name, cast out demons, and done many other wonderful
(miraculous) works. Christ will tell them that He never
knew these workers of iniquity; they must depart from
D. Matthew 24:24-
False christs and false prophets shall arise, doing
great miracles and deceiving, if possible, the children
E. Deuteronomy 13:
1-3- If a prophet works a sign or wonder (miracle) or
gives a prophecy that comes true, but then leads you
away from God's word, don't listen to or follow that
F. Isaiah 8:20- If a
prophet does not speak according to the law and the
testimony of scripture, there is no light (truth) in
him; don't follow him.
Yes, Friend, there is a supernatural world, and there
are two sources of supernatural powers: Satan and the
Creator God. How do we Christians separate information
from the True Source, from information from the evil
From these Biblical passages we see that there is only
ONE standard for separating truth from error, and that
ONE standard is SOLA SCRIPTURA, the BIBLE being the ONLY
inerrant RULE OF FAITH and morals for the Christian. We
must reject as our authority both tradition and the
proclamation of any individual or organization,
religious or secular.