Are they from God or from Man?
Exposing the ERRORS of Those Who Try
to Explain Away Miracles
Old (already failed or demonically inspired) prophecies
continue to be recycled; more and more individuals claim to have new
visions and messages; meanwhile, the Ecclesiastical authorities
continue to "prudently" look the other way. Once again, the
rank-and-file faithful are left to fend for themselves; the little
faith they have left continues to be eroded by the seemingly never
ending spiritual ineptitude of their religious leaders.
This brief essay is written for those who believe in God
and seek support for their faith. Nonetheless, the agnostic, the
unbeliever and those who believe themselves enemies of God are also
cordially invited to review the information. After all, Judas Iscariot
was an Apostle, yet, he betrayed Jesus Christ (1);
and Saul of Tarsus was the fiercest enemy of the Christians of the
early Church, yet, he became the most prolific Apostle, Paul.
Life is indeed full of unsuspected surprises. Read on
and you might be pleasantly surprised.
There are seemingly never ending arguments among many
theologians, mystics, parapsychologists, religious leaders and the
faithful regarding Supernatural Manifestations, Psychic Powers,
Prophecies, etc. Some claim: "Miracle!", while others claim: "Fraud!"
while still others claim: "Let me explain the miracle to you
scientifically!" While others claim to have a prophetic window to the
Who then is right? Probably all of them!
We will attempt to present to you relevant information
in a manner which will help you draw your own conclusion regarding this
matter. Please keep in mind that the true pieces of any jigsaw puzzle are
only those which will perfectly interlock with each other. Remember
also that we are dealing with the manifestation of the ancient
"creature vs. God" syndrome (when a creature wants to be equal to God).
[First Lucifer wanted to be equal to God; then he tricked Eve into
falling into the same trap. He has not stopped ever since, because man
keeps falling for the same old trick.].
The pieces that must be forced to fit are
counterfeit and should be discarded so as not to distort reality.
First, let us review the individual components that have
a direct relation to this particular
DETAILS - Part I
The Power of Faith
What did Jesus Christ teach and demonstrate about Faith?
"In truth I tell you, if your
faith is the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there', and it will move; nothing will be impossible
for you." [Matt.17:20]
A coherent confirmation of the truth of the above pronouncement may
found in Matthew 14:22-32. In this passage we read that Jesus is
walking on water toward a boat in which His disciples are. He calls
Peter to come to Him. Peter leaves the boat and starts walking on water
toward his Master. Peter becomes scared by the wind, doubts and starts
to sink. The miracle achieved through faith
is broken when
Peter lost his faith through fear. (2)
Further confirmation of this may be found in Matthew 13:57-58 - the
time when Jesus visited Nazareth:
"... they would not accept
Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is despised only in his own
country and in his own house,' and he did not work many miracles there
because of their lack of faith".
What could be concluded (*)
from all of the
That it is, through the action of
man, and by the exercise of his faith, that God, through means
invisible to us, performs the miracles.
(*) For those who do not believe in supernatural events
and for those who doubt the truth of the Scriptures: Please consider
for now the above Scriptural quotations as a collective hypothesis,
then, at the end, re-examine your doubts in the light of the
information in here presented.
The above proposed principle-conclusion appears to be confirmed
by the fact that even in the presence of Jesus, God incarnate, the
Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, "...He did not work
many miracles.... because their lack of faith.", and,
obviously, not because He could not, but because His Own Law demands
an act of faith.
The Power of the Mind
As an example of how appearances and man's logic can be deceiving
let us review what Reverend Oscar Quevedo, S.J., considered by some an
expert in the field of Parapsychology, writes:
"Parapsychology is a science that
deals with apparently mysterious phenomena, unexplainable at first
sight, but always related with a living human being who is present at
"What was attributed at one time to non physical (spiritual)
entities, was proven by the studies of Parapsychology as being of human
origin... alive and present at the phenomenon."
"Show him (man) that all of that (miraculous type of events)
comes from himself, from his psycophysical energies, from his spiritual
faculties and free him from his fears and make him conscious of being
the lord of himself and his life, a life that should (then) be a
By intellectually digesting the above within the established framework
which follows, the reader will witness how we will utilize Rev.
Quevedo's own words to prove our point, which is diametrically
opposed to his theory
By Divine Decree, transmitted to mankind throughout the Sacred
Scriptures, man is intimately associated with the workings of God's
Creation. God, intrinsically, does not need man, but God chose to
The Book of Genesis [1:26] tells us clearly that God, the
Creator, placed man as
"...masters of the fish of
the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all
the creatures that creep along the ground."
Its is then quite clear the relationship between Creator and Creature;
a true and fully integrated partnership.
To better understand the assignment of responsibilities in this
partnership let us also call to mind Matthew 19:25-26:
"When the disciples heard this
they were astonished. 'Who can be saved, then?' they said. Jesus gazed
at them. 'By human resources', he told them, 'this is impossible; for
God everything is possible".
The infinite power of God may be
accessed by man, through faith and in accordance to the Will of God, to
overcome any perceived or real limitation in whatever circumstance he
may find himself. Then, God will do the seemingly impossible (as long
as it does not interfere with the salvation of that particular soul).
Even the parting of the Red Sea required that Moses raise his staff: "...stretch
out your hand over the sea..."
Should we then be surprised with the fact that in many miraculous
events the human entity is involved as Quevedo points out? Should we be
surprised that the frequency and magnitude of the miraculous events are
proportional to the level of faith found in the human entity,
community, nation? Of course, we should not be!
Precisely, the same logic used to deny the reality of miraculous
events by the proponents of Parapsychology, such as Quevedo, proves,
and confirms without doubt, the very truth of miracles and of the
factors that foster their occurrence.
Once again it is proved that the key is "faith". Faith that the
event will occur somehow.
A study of mystics and saints from India would shed much light on
the subject of "faith" disconnected from the Divinity and connected to
Autotheism (Self-divinization). It will also illustrate the negative
consequences associated with Self-divinization.
Jesus Christ never said that to move a mountain from here to
there required the one seeking the miracle to have faith in Him. He
said that what was needed was strong faith that the event would take
place. However, when our strong faith is coupled with our deference to
the Will of God, then the requested miracle will not have any negative
As a scientist, miguel de Portugal finds complete coherence among
the Divine Revelations, found in the Sacred Scriptures, the physical
and spiritual worlds and their visible and invisible interactions and
legitimate supernatural manifestations.
There is a reason for everything. All has an explanation, we just
do not know all the explanations and some of them will never be known
to us while we are still in the flesh. There are myriad of marvels of
God's Creation that we cannot comprehend and much less explain using
our very limited faculties. That is what a "Mystery" is all about.
Even if we would refuse to recognize the Sacred Scriptures as
Divine Revelations on their own merits, then, through the very laws
proposed by Parapsychology to explain away supernatural manifestations,
the reality of the Sacred Scriptures would then be verified and
confirmed. Ironic, isn't it? A miracle? Perhaps... but man persists in
denial as we shall see next.
DETAILS - Part II
Man's Denial of Supernatural Events
Rational man is quick to discount any supernatural manifestation. Let
us explore what may be behind these denials of supernatural
The self proclaimed rational man falls prey to his own
intellectual, spiritual and material insecurities:
* If man cannot face God
(because of his fears, which he denies, of course) he must rationalize
Him out of this world.
* If man can deal with God but not with miracles (because they
bring Him too near to him for comfort) man explains them away.
* If man cannot deal with supernatural manifestations, man will
A truly rational man sets out openly, and without preconceived notions
and fears, to find the truth, confident and secure that regardless of
what the truth may be, he will be able to deal with it and be able to
place it at his service.
Supernatural Events of Evil Nature
Let us briefly explore what lies behind the much talked about,
and often denied, supernatural events of evil nature.
When God creates a soul
(spirit) and grants it certain inherent attributes, the free will of
the soul (spirit) remains ‘free’. Thus, these attributes may be used
for evil. Once granted they are not taken away. God allows the "...rain
to fall on the upright and the wicked alike". [Matt.
*** God may block or minimize the damage that the misuse of a
particular attribute may cause, but He will not take it away.
Biblical Proof of the above:
If the system that He created
would have allowed it, the moment Lucifer and other angels refused to
serve Him, God would have withdrawn the attributes granted to them and
thus, in effect, cancel their evil influence in this world.
Obviously, God did not!
Denial Just Will Not Work - It never has and never will
A person does not have to be aware of it and, yet, may be harmed
by an individual possessing great inherent spiritual attributes which
are used for evil purposes. Only those who live in true communion
with God, "under the shadow of His wings" (3),
are impervious to those attacks. All others are vulnerable to harm,
regardless of what they may believe about the matter.
Metaphorically speaking: The denial of the law of gravity does
not prevent its effects from being manifested, thus, the denial of
what we have explained above will not prevent it from operating on the
God also allows false "Prophecies" to be made as He has clearly
shown in the times of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, (4)
while at the same time He reserves the right to drastically alter
legitimate Messages from Heaven when attempts are made to utilize them
to manipulate the unsuspecting faithful. (5)
Careful review of, and meditation on, Psalm 91(3)
will help the faithful comprehend the pre-eminent importance of Faith
as opposed to Divination and/or Astrological "wisdom."
After all ...
... the Three Wise Men, who were considered "wise" because they
were the leading Astrologers of the time, came to prostrate themselves
before Jesus Christ while He was still a babe. They were thus signaling
to the world the vast superiority of what Jesus was going to teach
mankind -- much superior to any wisdom that Astrology could possibly
provide. (This includes Nostradamus' dark prophecies, which are not
of Divine origin.)
To the open eye and observant mind it should be evident
that there is a coherent relationship between the original teachings of
the Sacred Scriptures and Miracles, which are the legitimate
manifestations of the supernatural, to wit:
The infinite power of God may be
accessed by man,
through faith and in accordance to the Will of God, to overcome any
perceived or real limitation in whatever circumstance he may find
himself. Then, God will do the seemingly impossible (as long as it does
not interfere with the salvation of that particular soul).
In addition, by posing two questions, secondary conclusions may be
reached by the reader:
Question No. 1:
You are now invited to reach your own conclusions through those two
questions but, if you are having difficulties doing so, write to us and
Why is there such an insistent
move to secularize and/or deny miracles and other supernatural
manifestations to the point of attempting to neutralize the Divinity?
Question No. 2: Do the enemies of the supernatural and,
thus, of true mysticism have a vested interest in the worldwide
consequences that their theories, philosophies, and theological
teachings will have?
(4) Adjusting Prophecies
to suit the hearer - Its price
En Español: Milagros y Profecías -
Exponiendo los errores de las falsas explicaciones
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