Do you believe in God and miracles

What can you believe in

Article | Sandra Kaufmann

Wonder, an old man with a white beard - your beliefs have changed since you were a child and sometimes you may not know what to believe in.

Summary

  • There are many wonderful stories in the Bible. Can you even believe it?
  • Your beliefs change as you grow up: you become more skeptical, and that is perfectly normal.
  • Maybe the stories are true, maybe not; what you believe in, and what you believe, you decide.

God is an old man

As a child, you must have been fascinated by the stories and believed them. At that time the “dear God” in your imagination was probably also an old man with a long beard who sits in heaven and directs the fate of the world. In Matthew 18: 2, Jesus says, “See how the children believe. If you believe as they do, then it is easier to see, hear and experience God. ”Children have the idea: there is someone who loves me and who is always there.

Your faith will grow up too

You're older now, your beliefs are changing. You go to the confectionery class, hear the stories again and probably don't believe a word today. How is that supposed to work - a bush that speaks? You know you can't walk on water. After all, you know a few laws of nature. You question a lot more today because you have had experiences in your life. Perhaps also some where you have doubted your belief in God. You may have wondered why God did not intervene in one situation or another, why He did not prevent an accident from happening. Some of your ideas about the "dear God" may have been broken. That is quite normal, because faith is a lifelong learning, searching and finding. What you believe, what you believe in, and how you believe is entirely up to you.

Believe what you want!

Of course, no one really knows whether the miracles happened as it is in the Bible. Maybe it doesn't even matter whether the stories are true or not, maybe they should tell you something completely different. Some think that the narratives cannot be separated from the influence of the people and the time when the Bible was written. One or the other detail may have been decorated a little flowery. In theology, the miracles of Jesus are often interpreted as a kind of sign from God. Something like proof that God came into the world through Jesus. Because if God created the world and is omnipotent, then he also made the laws of nature, and if he made them, he can break them too, right?


background

The figure of Santa Claus goes back to Bishop Nikolaus von Myra,
who, according to legend, was born in the year 270 in the city of Patras in Asia Minor
and died on December 6, 343. Bishop Nikolaus von Myra is said to have worked miracles and secretly made generous gifts. His robe was a red bishop's robe.

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background

  1. From the perspective of the Evangelical Church, you have grown up as a result.
  2. You can become a godfather.
  3. You are the center of attention for a day and receive gifts.
  4. In the confirmation group you get to know new people.
  5. In the confectionary course you deal with topics that interest you and you learn a lot of things for your general education.
  6. It's an occasion to buy a nice new dress or suit and celebrate with the whole family.
  7. You get to know the faith and can have a say.
  8. You receive God's encouragement!
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