Miracle And The Christian Religion -- By: F. J. Lamb

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 068:272 (Oct 1911)
Article: Miracle And The Christian Religion
Author: F. J. Lamb

Miracle And The Christian Religion

F. J. Lamb

The book “Religion and Miracle”1 has been put forth, dedicated to the proposition that faithful disciples of Christ are justified in disbelieving and disregarding the Scripture miracles. That is the primary and startling contention of the work. The author, a minister of the Christian religion, informs us that he has for many years “ceased to regard” the miracles designated by him as “signs and wonders that accompanied the Lord.” This primary proposition is distinctly opposed to the faith of Christians held from the beginning, and its publication without attempt to vindicate it would have been a mere brutum fulmen. Hence, in the chapter “The Issue Defined,” the author asserts for such vindication this proposition, The Christian religion is independent of miracle (p. 5; see, also, pp. 10, 7, and 167). But this new proposition is also contrary to the faith always held by Christians, and is without value to vindicate disbelief or disregard of the miracles, unless due investigation shows the new proposition to be true. Whether or not that proposition is true, is the problem and

“issue”. the book presents. Its anti-Christian propositions call imperatively for investigation to ascertain the truth. The merit or demerit of the book hinges on the result of such investigation.

Here is seen the profound gravity of the “issue.” For if due investigation shall show that the proposition, i.e. “The Christian religion is independent of miracle,” is untrue, the book championing that proposition as true must be consigned to the category of things opposed to God, opposed to Christ, opposed to the Christian religion,— evil. The issue is one of fact, and is simple, viz. Is it true (or untrue) that the Christian religion is independent of miracle? The means and method of determining the issue are also simple, i.e. examine die evidence, and ascertain the facts; the conclusions which the facts justify disclose the truth sought. This is the system which science has established for ascertaining truth, for truth is conformity to fact. At page 37 Dr. Gordon sets forth the scientific method, but does not follow it. He does not examine the evidence,— he does not ascertain the facts nor the truth. He builds his book with brilliant writing in discussing speculative questions and suppositions, ignoring the evidence and facts, and by that course evades or shuns the essential “issue” of the book.

Our evidence is the Bible, and aught else that is relevant. Most obviously Christ is the paramount witness. But Christ is transcendently more than a witness. He whose atoning sacr...

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