Are Miracles and Wonders Vanishing from the Christian Church?
The Christian Church, once known for its miraculous feats, now appears anemic in wonder working power after two millenniums of cultural influence; contemporary churchgoers enjoy dynamic speakers, fellowship and great gospel music but no longer expect miracles to occur
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Over 2,000 years ago the story was told of a man who claimed to be the Son of God. His life story left a permanent benchmark on the history of time. His message of unconditional love became the fulcrum of morality and established the signature of his following. To confirm his claim he endowed his followers with a divine power to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, unstop deaf ears, move mountains and even walk on water. Over 2,000 years ago people gathered their sick and arrayed them along the street in hopes that they might be healed by the shadow cast by Peter, a follower of Christ.
Generations of readers have sought to embrace the teachings of Christ, but have not been able to engage the requisite divine powers that fortified His legacy. Diverse interpretations, theological debates, scientific repudiations, and a host of challenges from academia have eroded the confidence that such acts can be performed in the contemporary Christian Church. 21st-century church members have become complacent with worship services that focus on fundraising, theatrics and charismatic leadership while expectation to experience divine acts of God have all but vanished.
"This loss of power reminds me of Superman, a classic fictitious character whose superhuman powers were completely drained when he was directly exposed to Kryptonite, an element from his native planet," says Benjamin F. Simmons, author of the "The Christian Misconception," a book that takes a close look at some of the common misconceptions found in the contemporary Christian church. The impetus for writing such, says Ben, "is to illustrate the divergence from the principalities and powers that were originally installed in the hearts and minds of the progenitors of the Christian movement." Ben attributes this loss of power to 2,000 years of cultural influence to the Christian faith.
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SOURCE Benjamin F. Simmons