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Miracles don't happen every day

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The ongoing debate between the Rev Devon Dick and Arlene Gaynor about miracles has brought to the fore the tragedy that becomes inevitable when untrained and ungifted persons in the fields of hermeneutics and exegesis feel that they are at liberty to speak loftily about certain matters.

It baffles the mind that Ms Gaynor is finding it difficult to comprehend the fact that by their very nature, miracles are not everyday occurrences. Or perhaps she is unable to make a distinction between genuine miracles and the charade of abracadabra and ecclesiastical, three-card gymnastics that seem to define a significant segment of modern Christianity.

Despite the awesome power invested in the apostles, we only find three of them performing miracles. Additionally, only Paul and Peter performed the miracle of raising the dead - and only once each.

Ms Gaynor could learn a lot of lessons from what Jesus said to the multitude in Luke 4:25-27: "And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed - only Naaman the Syrian."

Contrary to the thinking of Ms Gaynor's Universal Church, miracles do not aid in the creation or enlargement of faith. No one witnessed more miracles than Israel, yet throughout their history, and to date, they are among the most rebellious and faithless.