Limits on God

Cessationism is the doctrine that miracles have ceased; that the kind of things we read about in the Acts of the Apostles, for example, no longer happen: people don’t speak in tongues or heal the lame or raise the dead. Continuationism is the idea that these things still take place.

Like any good Calvinist, my answer is to say that God is sovereign: if miracles have ceased, they’ve only ceased until God decides it’s time for there to be more of them.

Erik Raymond seems to be in that camp, although he seems to be more in the cessationist camp than I am:

On the one hand you have people who see God only in the so-called miraculous events of life and on the other you have people who see God working in all things. If I’m putting God in a box then it is a pretty big box, and it’s labeled “Divine Providence”. Whereas others, perhaps unwittingly, put God in a much smaller box, and it’s labeled “The Miraculous”. Do you really want to do that?

No, but when I’m with someone in the hospital, I still pray for healing. One of the great things about prayer is you can tell God what it is you want and let God decide what the right thing is. I want that patient to sit up in bed and say, “Wow, I feel great” and then do cartwheels down the hallway, startling the all doctors and nurses. I don’t honestly expect it to happen. But I honestly want it, and there’s no point lying to God about it.


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