It takes a lot to shut up the arrogant and prideful. These dominant individuals usually have a comeback, something to say to one up you. However, during the first century, strange and unexplainable events befuddled religious leaders. When Paul and Barnabas addressed an assembly of believers, the room was silenced by signs and wonders of God.
The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them, Acts 15:12.
Those in the field of science struggle with the concept of faith. Their entire industry is based upon concrete evidence gathered through a series of experiments. Over time theories are developed as data is collected following these tests. These are the conditions which cause scientists to trust only what they can see or prove. Whenever signs and wonders are placed on the table, officials often try to excuse this content, lookng to find a logical explanation.
That the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things, Acts 15:17.
Sign and wonders are given credibility by the number of eyewitnesses. Whether you are talking about a miracle, something supernatural or an unidentified flying object, the more people who testify, the greater the likelihood that others will believe. While some people will come forward with some preposterous stories, time will often sort out fact from fiction. Nonetheless, when credible people of faith come forward like Paul and Barnabas doubters can be silenced by signs and wonders of God.
by Jay Mankus