Archive for February, 2011



According to the Bible Jesus performed quite a few miracles: loaves and fishes, water into wine, walking on water, raising Lazarus from the dead, etc. Good stuff, although a skeptic could imagine ways in which they might not have been quite so miraculous.  For example, maybe Lazarus wasn’t completely dead…

But did you know that Jesus also created a living bird from a handful of clay?  Now that’s a real miracle, right up there with God’s creation of Adam from a handful of dust!

I don’t believe this myself, mind you, but 1.5 billion people do.  It’s not in the Bible so how can I make this claim?  Because it’s in the Koran.  Pickthal’s translation of Surah 3, verse 49 reads, “Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah’s leave.”  (The story is repeated in Surah 5, verse 110.)

While Muhammad is considered the final (and best) prophet, Muslims also revere Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other biblical figures as earlier prophets of Allah, the God of the Old and New Testaments. Jews and Christians are considered “people of the book,” to whom Allah gave holy, although no longer definitive, religious texts. So why can’t they all get along?  That would be a true miracle!