Miracles Part 2: The Big Picture

Here we'll find out what miracles mean for the big picture of God's work.  In Miracles Part 1, we studied the argument put forward by C.S. Lewis in his book 'Miracles' that miracles are a form of artistic license used by God (and not a device to rescue out-of-control situations), and they are not exceptions to nature, although they occur infrequently. 

C.S. Lewis puts forward the notion that if God is using artistic license for miracles and it is an infrequent event, then this evidence should tell us that these are the parts of his work that he wants to emphasize, which in turn lets us know that these parts of the story are hugely important. 

In his book 'Miracles', C.S. Lewis goes on to have us question what we think of the big picture.  In Chapter 12 "The Propriety of Miracles", he states:
"If you have hitherto disbelieved in miracles, it is worth pausing a moment to consider whether this is not chiefly because you thought you had discovered what the story was really about? - that atoms, and time and space and economics and politics were the main plot? And is it certain you were right? It is easy to make mistakes in such matters."
Even with the aid of the Bible, it is easy to discard important detail, skewing our view of the big picture.  C.S. Lewis explains in Chapter 12 "The Propriety of Miracles" in his book 'Miracles':
"Death and Resurrection are what the story is about; and had we but eyes to see it, this has been hinted on every page, met us, in some disguise, at every turn and even been muttered in conversations between such minor characters (if they are minor characters) as the vegetables."
God's work, he reminds us, "is a very long story, with a complicated plot; and we are not, perhaps, very attentive readers."

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