Miracles are described or referred to at least 138 times in the Bible. No less than 38 of these references are descriptions of miracles performed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and many of these are described or recorded by more than one witness or writer. If is impossible to be a Christian without believing in the Bible and in Jesus Christ as Son of God. Thus it is rather impossible not to believe in miracles.
A “miracle” may be defined in various ways, but it is sufficient for our purposes and our understanding to say that in general a miracle is a wonderful act of God which appears to be above, beyond or outside of the laws of nature as we understand them.
Recall a few of the examples found in the Bible. In the Old Testament there are: the turning of Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19); the bush which burned and was not consumed (Exodus 3); the Red sea divided (Exodus 14); Balaam’s ass speaking (Numbers 22); destruction of the walls of Jericho(Joshua 6); drought, fire and rain at the prayer of Elijah( I Kings 1719); Naamans’s cure of leprosy ( II Kings 5); Daniel saved in the lion’s den (Daniel 6); and many more.
Among our Lord’s major recorded miracles are the curing of two blind men (St. Matthew 9); the curing of a deaf and dumb man (St. Mark 7); the raising to life of the son of the widow of Nain (St. Luke 7); turning the water into wine at Cana (St. John 2); Lazarus raised from the dead (St. John II); the feeding of five thousand (St. Matthew 14, etc.); Christ walking on the water (St. Matthew 14, etc); and 31 other acts.
It is perhaps not too much to assert that Christianity itself is one long miracle from beginning to end. That God should come to this earth and be made manifest to man is miracle. Christ was born of a Virgin, He was transfigured, He arose from the dead, and He ascended into Heaven -- all miracles without any explanation that human beings can give in light of their limited knowledge.
The miracles recorded in the Bible are events meant to reveal to man God’s presence and power. The miracles wrought by Jesus were necessary as a demonstration of his truly divine nature and were doubtless wrought by Him with this end in mind and as part of His ministry. We cannot possibly believe in Him and not believe in His ministry of miracles.
God operates “naturally” though laws of which we have a knowledge. He also operates “supernaturally” through laws of his making which have not yet been revealed to us and may never be. But these terms are mutually relative. What was supernatural yesterday may in many cases become natural and understood today -- the making of mountains, the nature of the moon, the operation of the forces of fusion and fission. Some day we may be given enough knowledge and insight to understand more of the miracles attributed to God. It is unlikely that we shall ever be able to understand all of them in terms of “natural” law. That does not make them less true. Natural or supernatural, they all are (always have been and always will be) “wonderful works of God,” carrying moral lessons, and meant to help us to believe without doubt in the omnipotence of God and the reality of the Son and the Holy Ghost.