We read about miracle healings in Natural Geographic magazines, missionary stories, and other articles from remote corners of the world. Why do we not hear about them in what we would consider more civilized or educated communities. Instead, the miracle we see in the educated communities are more along the lines of the miracle being that God brought us such a capable physician. Because of the education factor it becomes easy for the rest of us to dismiss these unbelievable miracles to just a lack of understanding in science, an improper diagnosis, or simply just an exaggeration.
Or is there really some truth to it? Does God prefer to work in rural communities? If we do believe in the miracles of the Bible, why do we not believe these stories from remote? Why do we have to dismiss them as exaggerations?
As usual, the Bible gives us an idea of the reasoning behind this if not the complete understanding. In the Gospels, Jesus is either unable or unwilling to do miracles in his hometown. I am not sure which is right, unable or unwilling. That is a question for another post and somewhat equivalent to the question of whether or not God could have saved us if Jesus didn’t die. However, the end result is that a lack of faith prevented the people in his hometown from seeing the full glory and power of God on display through healing.
My14 year old nephew is currently in the hospital with a form of encephalitis which is not responding to any treatment that has been given. Typically, these cases are severe but not so life threatening. You provide the proper meds and the kid recovers. All the doctors who have consulted have said that the course of treatment is correct. We keep pumping meds into him, “praying” that God chooses to heal him. Is this the way miracles of healing are supposed to work?
On my way back to Mysore, I felt that the way that faith was supposed to work is that we need to first give up our faith in anything else. We need to give up our faith in the meds, our faith in the doctors, our faith in everything else that is attempting to pull off the miracle. Maybe after all other faiths are given up, then we can allow God to pull off the actual miracle.
This would coincide with the “miracles only happen in remote places” theory. After all, in remote places, there isn’t much else to put your faith in. Our own education and civilization might be what is getting in the way of the miracles that God wants us to see. It might be as complex as that there is some great cosmic or metaphysical symbiosis between a soul filled with faith and the Holy Spirit that combine to make miracles possible. Or it might be as simple as God chooses not to do miracles when we are not solely dependent on him because we would end up giving much of the glory to the doctor, medicines, and everything else but God.
I can’t even bring myself to discuss this with my cousin, the kid’s father. It would be like telling him that he is part of the reason why his son isn’t receiving that miracle. And in fact, he and the rest of the family are praying 24×7. I’m sure many people in Nazareth were also praying to God for their children as well, but Jesus could not do any miracles.