Mark 4:31New American Standard Bible (NASB)
31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,
The “mustard seed defence” is often brought up by unbelievers as proof of biblical error; but does this prove the bible is erroneous on this passage?
The Mustard seed being referred to is the common black mustard plant. This plant was used for medicinal reasons as well as a condiment and as a vegetable. Of course a quick search will prove that it is not the “smallest seed”, but it was in reference to the type of seed that was sown by the Jews in Israel at the time of Jesus. So it WAS the smallest seed if you take this scripture in context!
See, Christianity is all about SALVATION! There is no valid argument against it. We can argue until the Yaks come home, but this is the MOST IMPORTANT thing in your life! Jesus was born of a virgin, he was crucified and rose in three days! What would the natural man make of that? I would hope that they would at least READ the Gospel of John, then respond intelligently.
How would one define what a miracle really is? A Dictionary definition of a Miracle is:
1. An effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
2. Such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
3. A wonder; marvel.
From a Christian definition I have heard it be stated; “They are a direct act of a personal God that cannot be predicted or explained by only natural causes”.
The Scottish Philosopher David Hume explained that “Miracles are “violations” of natural laws, and that natural laws cannot be violated”, thus miracles don’t exist! But he was begging the question.
Natural Law explains how the Natural World operates, however it cannot control what happens in it. Science is prescriptive not descriptive as American Philosopher Paul Copan describes. Actually if the entirety of “things” must conform to prior experience then scientific progress would be impossible. Since science currently states, “the Universe came into existence from nothing” how could that have been predicted by natural law?
If the Universe as science explains came into existence from “nothing” how invalid would Jesus walking on the water be? Is that “crazier” than the Universe explanation by science? Jesus’ very resurrection is a historically well supported event. A documented “Miracle”! Jesus appeared to over 500 people after his resurrection to both believers and unbelievers!
This may not be “scientific” as proven in a lab, however, eyewitness evidence is certainly a heavyweight form of evidence!