You know how it is: you bring up the subject of a miracle or some other supernatural event and there are those — including plenty in the Church — who smile with a skeptical smirk, pat you on the head, and send you on your way.
We aren’t supposed to believe in (much less care about) supernatural events, is the message: Just concentrate on rote lingo, the “real” world,” what science can prove, dry theology. They function, do these folks, in the “physical,” in the “natural” (only what you can see, hear, taste, feel, and smell).
It is interesting that when it comes to the Church, those exercising such condescension bring the hyper-skeptical approach to apparitions, healings, signs in the sky, weeping statues, prophecy, and so forth despite the incredible miracles of Jesus and His disciples and the supernatural events throughout the Old Testament. Apparently, they also have not seen what Saint Paul said precisely about this issue.
“The Spirit we have received is not the world’s spirit but God’s Spirit, helping us recognize the gifts He has given us. We speak of these, not in words of human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, thus interpreting spiritual things in spiritual terms.
“The natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:12-16).
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