The thought is lost on absolute truth. There are different views because it is whatever you feel comfortable with. People want to have evidence. It takes faith to believe things you cannot prove.
the various claims can be laid directly at the feet of unbelief. Like Thomas, some won’t believe until they themselves are shown the evidence or the experience that is being proclaimed. Each view is simply an excuse not to be confronted with the reality that if Jesus truly practiced miracles, they’d have to acknowledge that he is who he says he is. That is something they refuse to do in their own hearts, so the excuses fly freely.
I think that there are so many views of Jesus’ miraculous claims just as there were so many different views and claims when He walked the earth performing them…people have different belief systems and are at different stages of their faith journey. Some who deny that Jesus was the son of God would need to profess belief if they confirmed Jesus’ miracles…and they aren’t ready to do so.
Because to believe in the miracles of Christ would be to confirm his diety. To confirm Christ’s diety would mean that He is who He says He is, and that we must obety Him. People want to deny Christ because they don’t want to make Him the Lord of their lives. There is a responsibility in following Christ and denying oneself, that people don’t want to bow to.
Those who don’t or won’t believe in the miracles of Jesus must justify their opinions. The limited, dark and prideful mind of unbelievers must by human nature rationalize their positions. So there are many ‘reasons’ / excuses to ‘justify’ their beliefs.
I think there are as many different views as there are people on this planet. God created us uniquely, and with the ability to process information on our own. No two people will ever view things through exactly the same lens.
I believe their hearts are hardened and God has put a blinder on so they can’t see. They choose to deny Jesus because to follow him requires for them to give up self, and that is not what most people want.
Doesn’t the Bible predict this type of response from people? In John 6:60-64 it states “When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)” God already knew that when presented with all the “facts” (the Bible), there would still be unbelievers and those who doubt. Regardless of “how real” one might think God is, Jesus knew from the beginning that people would push Him away. Even the people who do not “fully” believe in God or His miracles, still accept that the miracles were performed but demand more “facts”. The Bible is so magnificent that is predcits how “people” will view Jesus before these “people” even come into existence.
I mean a big part of it as it was touched on, is there are a lot of individuals that do not read the Bible for what it is or at all. There are individuals that leave parts out of the bible. When you do this then, the miraculous part of Jesus becomes less impressive. Also the willingness to believe also affects the amount of views or the different views concerning Jesus. Like it was mentioned, some people just cannot fathom believing in something that did not witness.
I think the most straightforward answer to the many different views of Jesus’ miraculous claims today is because we are a sinful and fallen people. We are filled with so many different opinions and beliefs. But even in the time of Jesus there were people-including some of his own disciples that had to see it to believe what they had heard. When the women from the empty tomb declared that Jesus was Risen and alive there were ones that needed to see and touch Him. We have to be a people of faith. The miracles of Jesus are out of this world and are simply not anything we can imagine happening today-and if they did everyone would want to pay top price for front row seats!
There are so many different views of Jesus’ miraculous claims today because they defy the laws of nature and they were recorded 2000 years ago. There is no real scientific data to support his claims, so people have to believe without having all the evidence. This is something that even the disciples found difficult. Thomas only believed that Jesus had been resurrected once he had seen him and placed his hands where Jesus’ wounds were.