Karen and I are reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. L’Engle comes up with some interesting points, but one of the most intriguing for me in the first two chapters is the idea that miraculous events no longer take place because we no longer have a child-like faith.
I’ve heard theologians argue why there are no longer overt miracles such as there were when Christ was physically among us, and I’ve seen this become an enormous obstacle to belief for many. Certainly we wonder why, if these amazingly supernatural things occurred in the time of the ancients, they no longer take place. Ted Dekker poses a similar question in Showdown: adults prove woefully inept to harness the supernatural power given to them, but children can exercise it at will.
I’ve worked with many cases of psychosis in the past. I’ve found myself wondering at times if psychiatric dysfunction is an accurate diagnosis of the problem, or if something far more sinister is at work. All of us, whether or not we claim to be Christ-followers, have experienced the supernatural realm at some point, at some level, whether obvious or subtle. So, I wonder if miracles don’t occur around us daily, and perhaps we’ve just gotten really good at explaining them away?
I’m not disregarding science or digressing into the realm of nouthetic stupidity, but perhaps, just perhaps, we’ve analyzed a bit too much, and we’ve reached conclusions that make too much sense to us too often.
Perhaps it isn’t intended to make that much sense.
Perhaps it’s more obvious than we think?
And if it is, and if we can’t perceive these miracles, is it because our faith has been usurped by a love for empirical data, a passionate desire to be able to cross-reference every experience to a natural phenomenon that we can understand? After all, we’re afraid of what we don’t understand.
Has our fear over-ridden our faith?