Mills thinks so:

Another reason why I don’t find Jesus admirable is that He squandered His alleged supernatural powers on frivolous nonsense.

Instead of bringing mankind a cure for heart disease and cancer, He used His magic to curse a fig tree.

Instead of ending birth defects and infant mortality, He filled pigs with demons.

Instead of ending world hunger and illiteracy, He conjured up a jug of wine. What an incredible waste of omnipotence! (35)

But Jesus came down from heaven not in order to fight our battles for us, but for the salvation of our souls. It is up to us to find a cure for cancer and reduce the number of birth defects and so forth. The purpose of the miracles Jesus performed was to attest to His being both God and man in one person and to His divine mission.

This mission involved a trial, an ordeal set up by God the Father to learn whether the Son would love us even after we, what with our corrupted nature, committed the most terrible imaginable crime against Him personally: deicide.

If God wanted to benefit mankind in the way Mills suggests, then He did not have to wait for the Incarnation. He could do it at any time and still can. So it is silly to argue that Jesus should have done more than what He did. He did the greatest thing that could have been done, namely, redeemed the world, and therefore He did enough.


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