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Do You Believe in Miracles?

5 prominent religious leaders share their answers — and their definitions

Levitating rock representing belief in miracles

— Peter Ogilvie/Glasshouse

En español | Do you believe in miracles? At first glance, it seems a simple question that separates true believers from jaded skeptics. But perhaps the answer is more nuanced than that. Maybe we need to question our terms and ask, what is a miracle, anyway? We got five spiritual leaders to weigh in on this issue.

Dr. Charles Stanley, Radio Host and Pastor, In Touch Ministries, Atlanta

Miracles certainly exist. Jesus performed many during His lifetime. He healed people, turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana, and fed over 5,000 people with just five loaves and two fishes. Even today, God often turns impossible circumstances into possibilities, and in doing so meets our needs and brings Himself glory.

We must be careful, however, not to base our faith on these miracles. Sometimes, people think if they see something absolutely unusual, then they'll be able to believe. But once they've seen one miracle, they want another one and a bigger one. It's as if God's promises aren't enough. They think, prove it to me; show it to me. But what happens when times are tough and they don't get that miracle? They lose their faith.

God provides miracles because He wants to show us who He is, not because we have a desire to experience supernatural circumstances.

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