Friday, February 22, 2008

The dead are raised up

Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (Mt. 11:4-5. KJV)

We tend to think that the "dead being raised" must surely be an exaggeration; or, perhaps we can intellectually give assent to the idea of miracles, and acknowledge that in those special "Bible Times" (and maybe even later, but still safely in the distant past), such miracles could have happened.

But what about now? I'll be the first to admit a certain in-built skepticism -- all us scientific, rational, Western types want to explain stories of miracles away. (And for us Western types who are part of the Western-educated Indian elite, this plays into our snobbery and class consciousness. Most Indians don't have any trouble in believing in miracles, and the closeness of the divine. Of course, we know better.) And I haven't had any direct experience of extra-ordinary physical healings so far. [Though I have certainly prayed for them!] However, for a large swath of the Christian world, miracles are, while hardly day-to-day occurrences, part of reality.

Go over to Intentional Disciples and read this account of the dead being raised, through the power of the most holy name of Our Lord, in ... Palm Beach, FL.

And, praise God!

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