Test For The Case For Miracles Lesson
Saint Luke Evangelical School Of Biblical Studies
1. Miracles are ____________________ in Scripture and ____________________ to the Christian faith.
2. The Christian believes that miracles are not only ____________________ but also ____________________. The most fundamental tenant of Christianity is the miracle of the ____________________.
3. The Christian believes that all ____________________ is from God and that all ____________________ must ultimately integrate within the ____________________ and ____________________ of God.
4. The Christian holds to an a priori belief in the supremacy of an ____________________-____________________-____________________ to Whom the individual physical "laws of ____________________" are subject.
5. The Christian agrees that the universe is ____________________ and ____________________. But it is so because it is ____________________ upon the ____________________ of God.
6. For the Christian, knowledge is contingent upon ____________________. The perceived regularity of the universe is subject to His ____________________, which is accomplished through the exercise of His ____________________.
7. God is the ____________________ of and ____________________ over the laws of nature. He is in no way ____________________ by them.
8. The Christian claims that since it is God who is ____________________ over the universe and that the laws which govern its general operation are subject to His ____________________ and ____________________, ____________________ is a more ____________________ category of discovery in the case of His having performed miracles and especially of the ____________________.
9. It is not reasonable to think that early followers of Christ would lie to promulgate a faith in which lying is ____________________.
10. The Christian replies to Hume that since any statement of present knowledge, including ____________________ knowledge, is ____________________, it is ____________________ ____________________ to rule out the existence of miracles because all of the facts are not known and can never be known. Therefore, if it is ____________________ ____________________ to rule out the existence of miracles and since so many reliable witnesses attest to Christ's resurrection, it is ____________________ ____________________ to believe that it did occur and that miracles are indeed ____________________.
11. Thresholds of human sensory experience demonstrate that: 1) It is impossible for human beings to know nature ____________________, 2) ____________________ evidence alone is ____________________ grounds for knowing anything, 3) Any denial of the existence of miracles based upon empiricism spotlights the antecedent ____________________ of the one making the ____________________.
12. The Christian rejects ____________________ as a means for determining the possibility of the occurrence of miracles.
13. Laws of nature exist only in the mind of ____________________ and in the exercise of His will. This means that everything, which happens in the world, is ____________________, ____________________-governed, and ____________________ through secondary means.
14. Since we cannot fully know the mind or will of God, the ____________________, which the Christian would declare to be the laws of ____________________, must in essence be only the ____________________ of what appears to be a uniform ____________________.
15. ____________________, being but ____________________ of what happens in nature, cannot be thought
of as excluding the ____________________ of miracles: for miracles, if they actually happened,
rather than breaking the laws of nature, make up a ____________________ of the ____________________ which the
scientist must reckon with his original plotting of the laws of ____________________."
16. If history records sufficient ____________________ that a miracle occurred and science chooses to invoke their concept of natural law to refute it, "we may be assured that the problem of miracles is ____________________ and ____________________, rather than scientific, for the scientist is using his laws not to explain reality, but to explain reality ____________________."
17. The Christian chooses to believe in the ____________________ of God to explain reality. He uses a ____________________ argument that begins with the God Who had the ____________________, ____________________ and ____________________ for creating the physical ____________________.
18. Because all of reality exists within the ____________________ and ____________________ of ____________________, when He decides that it serves His ____________________, He may cause events to occur that ordinarily do not do so, without this occurrence abrogating the concept of ____________________ ____________________.
19. The Christian admits that he has no empirical, scientific ____________________ to substantiate his beliefs. He gladly accepts the teaching of ____________________ and the world-view arising from it, by____________________.