The Credibility Of The Supernatural In The Old Testament -- By: G. Frederick Wright

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 049:193 (Jan 1892)
Article: The Credibility Of The Supernatural In The Old Testament
Author: G. Frederick Wright

The Credibility Of The Supernatural In The Old Testament

G. Frederick Wright

It is a serious logical error to attempt at the present time to prove or disprove any of the subordinate miracles of the Bible apart from the general evidences supporting the system to which they belong. This is as true of the miracles of the New Testament as of the Old. To those who have lived since the beginning of our era, and have been called upon to decide concerning the claims of the Bible, the first and the most important question has ever been, What think ye of Christ? This question has been forced upon them, first of all, by their contact with those who believe in Christ and have experienced the blessedness of his promises. In answering this question, the vast majority of candid minds have been led to confess that Christ was at least a supernatural being, and that a notable miracle was wrought in his resurrection from the dead, and exaltation to heaven.

Thus, at the very outset of our inquiries concerning the Christian system, we are forced either to believe in a miraculous dispensation or to stand aloof altogether from participation in the work of the church. It is appropriate, therefore, that we should find a superabundant amount of evidence going to establish this central miracle of the system. And this we do find. The resurrection of Christ and the events immediately leading up to it are recorded with great minuteness in all four of the Gospels, and are the basis of most of the exhortations and reasoning of the Epistles. No man therefore can cross the threshold of the church and enter the company of believers without confessing at least as much as the centurion did who beheld the Saviour’s dying agonies, “Surely, this is the Son of God.”

Without proper appreciation of the evidential value of this fact, there can be no just estimate of the weight of testimony supporting the various other historical facts connected with the system of which Christ is the central figure. It must be admitted also that the human mind is too limited in its vision to determine by itself what should have been the appropriate antecedents and accompaniments of the career which closed on Calvary. The

principal province, therefore, of historical criticism, is to determine from ordinary evidence what those antecedents and accompaniments actually were. This limitation to our critical capacity also operates to guard us against rejecting as trivial or irrelevant many things which may seem so, but which are supported by a fair amount of direct historical evidence.

One of the most noticeable things to the student of Christian evidences is the congruity of the culminating facts of the Christian system with a...

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