How many times has someone said to you when they’ve done something wrong or have made a mistake: “It’s not my fault, you made me do it”?
That commonly used phrase conjures up strange images in my mind, like a person with their arm twisted up their back being frog-marched to do something that they don’t want to do.
It’s part of the make an excuse, deny liability, blame someone else culture. It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who will blame other people rather than hold their hands up and admit their mistake.
The words “I was wrong” can easily get stuck in their throat.
Some will even blame their parents and grandparents for their faults, saying: “It’s genetic, I can’t help it, and it’s not my fault” - the aim being to explain away their actions.
In the Bible, we hear of some amazing things that Jesus did, miracles beyond imagination, and yet there are people who will try to explain away the miracles using science or their personal sense of logic.
For example, I read of someone who said the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish couldn’t have happened because it is illogical.
His explanation of the event was that some of the people had food hidden under their cloaks, feeling guilty that others in the crowd were about to go hungry, they produced their food and shared it.
In my mind, this is a strange attempt to explain away the miracle. There is no logic in miracles; the dictionary describes them as “an event not explained by natural or scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (God or gods), a miracle worker, a saint or a religious leader”.
Some might think that miracles are a thing of the past, from the times of Jesus, and don’t happen nowadays, but there are modern day miracles, some similar to the feeding of the 5,000.
For example, a group of people were feeding the homeless when over a hundred extra people unexpectedly turned up and yet there was more than enough food for everyone.
There are many others that are on a smaller scale but, nevertheless, are events that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws, but are examples of God’s work in our midst.