Was There Evidence of This Power?
Possessed or empowered? Is the standard dogma of the church, that all people exhibiting unusual powers are possessed by demons, accurate? It is the declaration of the Bible that some of those people have high spiritual power. Is the lack of such supernatural power taking place actually a sign that the church is not a true church? Here is what was going on in the original church community after their power was unleashed:
Acts 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Acts 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
Acts 8:3 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
Acts 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
I Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
Galations 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
A Serious Question
Do we see this kind of supernatural activity in the modern mainstream church?
If not, why not?
Is the Modern Church the True Church?
It is clear that not all supernatural phenomenon is evil. The words, miracle and miracles, appear 36 times in the Bible, 33 times they refer to good miracles. Three times they refer to miracles being performed by one man, the Anti-Christ. The word wonder appears 55 times, 51 times they refer to good wonders, 2 times to the Anti-Christ, 2 times to false christs and prophets. It would seem that the good supernatural phenomenon far outweighs the bad by a hefty margin. So why is this generally given the label of evil by the church, even though it was totally accepted by the first church? Could it be that the modern church rejects the reality of the Church Jesus inspired as they do the communal nature of that same church? Branding all super natural events as evil is no different than branding the socialistic lifestyle of the early church as communist atheism. Both were embraced by the first church, both are condemned by the modern church. Add to this the differences in the law, church structure, prejudice, finances and the very purpose for existence, and the validity of the modern church comes up very short. One begins to wonder, considering the glaring opposites, what forces brought the modern church into being?
What About the Rest of the World?
The evidence of unexplained phenomenon radiating from humans is well documented in history and the modern world. Feats of super-human strength or brain power are evidenced in all societies, at all social levels. Not all the following evidence is spectacular in nature, but it does show a rather diverse perspective of an entity the church calls hapless mortals with a fiery destiny and Jesus calls gods.