"Miracles, for me, are changes in the social world, not the physical world. I don't believe God entered daily life in the 1st Century and turned physics upside down, and then stopped. In fact, I'd find it incredible and obscene to say that now and then God does intervene to do this or that little thing."
-- J. D. Crossan
Getting back to the twin roles of Jesus in the first century, it seems no accident that in most cases Jesus healed people who were socially, religiously and politically on the edge. His healings were a challenge to the powers of that day to show compassion. They challenged the Greek philosophical belief in the survival of the fittest. They often included affirming or re-visioning the social status of those healed. They were an integral part of the revolution which Jesus launched to transform the exclusive and patriarchal power elite system of the day. They were part of his non-violent and radically inclusive mission to unite people of all conditions.
-- Jesus the Alchemist: The Politics of Healing, by Ian Lawton
(...) argues Billy Graham: “Jesus performed these miracles to prove his divinity, and so I accept them, and I accept them by faith. I can’t prove everything scientifically. But when I do accept the Scriptures by faith, it has an impact in my own personal life, and I can apply the principles Jesus taught to everyday life. So to me the miracles of Christ are essential. They are not essential to salvation but to one’s Christian living.”
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