Since so many believers think good works are a bad thing, what do they use to prove their faith?
According to James, good works is what proves the legitimacy of faith. “Good works” doesn’t mean full-time ministry, nor stuff you do in church, but rather doing what God says we should do in our lives. Love is the summation.
But, since we’re stuck on good works being bad and having liberty, which we think means I can do what I want, love seems like a burden. Not much fun to put myself aside for the needs of others. Too much like work.
Instead, one of the main things people use to prove faith is “miracles.”
By “miracles,” I mean what people call miracles. In the Bible, miracles are rare, obvious and astounding, blatant violations of physical laws.
To people, “miracles” are when things fortuitously work out my way. I’ve heard some of the following listed as miracles:
–sweet parking spots
–missing an accident by four seconds
–getting your husband to divorce you
–sore throat went away after only three days
–getting an A on a test you didn’t study for
Although any of these things may be nice for you, they aren’t miracles.
The reason I know they aren’t miracles is because everyone claims such things as miracles. If they are truly that common, then, by default, they aren’t miracles.
So, why do people keep saying that nice things that happen to them are miracles? Because it proves their faith. It’s a way for them to talk about how much God loves them.
Since they can’t prove their love for God by their consistent obedience, they claim miracles. This softens their own conscience, “Obviously God loves me, look at how I hit all those green lights through town!”
Much easier than loving people.
Yet many of these “miracles” end up disastrous. The girl who miraculously meets this “great guy,” who then dumps him after a week because he stole her money and just wanted sex.
What happened to your “God thing?” Is your “great guy” still a miracle?
Nope, that one is long gone, faded into the mist, never to be remembered again. Plus, God has now miraculously given her girl friends who “totally get me.” Until next week when they gossip about her and she can’t stand them. And on and on.
Miracles are obvious and not regular. Be sure to differentiate between miracles and time and chance happening to everyone. The sun that shines on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Your attempts to proclaim miracles all over your life is not proof of your faith, nor does it mean God loves you, and mostly it just advertises to everyone that you’re a spiritual fraud.