Can God raise people from dead and perform other miracle today? Yes, I believe so. Why do so many of these miracles happen in remote parts of third-world countries? Is it because of the faith or need of the people, or is it because many claims are un-verifiable in these areas and stories spread among small groups – Chinese whispers?
On this blog in a different context a Pastor once admitted that he had stretched the truth a little, but said he was only doing it to encourage other Pastors in the difficult work of evangelising. In the Chinese environment where there is a lot of zeal but also a lot of persecution could it be that these stories arise more often? Isnt it likely that “heroes of the faith” type stories would occur? In a close house-church environment could it also be that the stories get repeated so much that even the subject of them begins to believe them?
Then there is the interaction with Churches in the West. Why do we love these stories of persecution and miracles so much? Are we outsourcing both the miracles and the persecution we expect should come with faith – to the believers in China in the same way we outsource manufacturing and IT work?
I think there are many worthwhile questions in there to discuss. Plus: Do we believe in miracles today? Do we need miracles for our faith to survive? Can we tell where they are from, or if they are real?