April 20, 2015

Miracles Inspired by a Loving God

Eric Metaxas is an American author, speaker and TV host who has written a new book entitled Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life Forever. 

Obviously, the definition of a miracle is subjective, but Webster’s dictionary defines it as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.”

Metaxas finds miracles in things most people take for granted, for example, Planet Earth which he maintains is exactly the right size to sustain life as we know it. If it were slightly larger or slightly smaller, a stable environment conducive to life would not be possible. 

If our moon were slightly larger or slightly smaller or closer or farther away from Earth, life  would not be possible. In each case, the writer supports his testimony with undisputed scientific evidence.

Metaxas notes that “the number of fine tuned characteristics necessary for life is currently determined to be 150.”  The odds of a planet having those 150 characteristics are less than one in ten to the fiftieth power . . . that’s one followed by fifty zeros! The writer maintains that the chance of our Earth beating those odds is  “an incomprehensible miracle.”

Did God design the Universe? The Big Bang created hundreds of millions of galaxies each containing hundreds of millions of stars and planets. Metaxas calls that  “an explosion that was so extremely and precisely controlled that we cannot really fathom it.” Again, Metaxas goes into detail with the scientific evidence that validates his claim.

Miracles will prompt skeptics and atheists alike to take a fresh look at phenomena beyond their understanding including the miracles of the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection and other wonders inspired by a loving God and recorded in Holy Scripture.

Reading Miracles is a thought provoking, inspiring experience, and as I read his book, more than once I found myself following Metaxas suggestion, “Feel free to gulp!”