All posts tagged: Did a Bible miracle prove itself?

9 | How did December 25th end up as Christ’s birthday?

It is generally believed that the Roman Catholic church made December 25 the day of Christ’s birth to replace a pagan holiday. But that may not have been the case. In fact, Christ’s birthday was probably tied to the Feast of Annunciation.

Jesus healing a blindman by Andrey Mironov/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Did a Bible miracle prove itself?

The Bible is a book of miracles. But there is one miracle that stands out from the crowd. It’s not on anyone’s list of  top ten Bible miracles.  Some have even called it a failed healing. But I argue it is one of the great miracles of the Bible, because this curious healing actually proves itself to be true. But before we study this account, we need to look at an intriguing story told by Dr. Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks is professor of neurology and psychiatry at  Columbia University Medical Centre in New York. In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, he tells the intriguing story of a man who received his sight after nearly a lifetime of blindness. In 1991, Dr. Trevor Woodhams received a call from a retired minister about his daughter’s fiancé Virgil (pseudonym for Shirl Jennings) who was diagnosed as a young boy with retinitis pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease that destroys the retina causing permanent blindness. This diagnosis was compounded by cataracts so thick, Virgil’s retina could not be seen. His …