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Why is asking for a sign from God a bad thing?

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven… “A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away. Matthew 16:1,4

            The Pharisees in Jesus’ time asked him for some kind of physical sign, miracle or “magic trick” to prove he was who he said he was.  The Bible says they “tested him,” meaning they really doubted and only wanted to trap him, not believe in him.  Jesus saw through their motives and called them evil.

            Believing in God begins with faith and trust, not physical proof and miracles.  God can reveal himself that way but even miracles didn’t convince the Pharisees, nor any demons, to surrender their lives to him.