Essay On Miracles

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The idea of the existence of miracles has been long debated in the philosophical and scientific communities. Miracle comes from the Latin word Mirari, which means to wonder and is defined as being an event not explicable by natural causes. The idea of a miracle seems to require something beyond human action and natural causes. The idea would imply the existence of a supernatural entity. Since anything unnatural is difficult to prove, there is much controversy surrounding the topic. Once it is established whether or not miracles can happen, it must be determined how they happen and what is the source? Furthermore, is there a definite guideline for determining whether or not a miracle has taken place? A miracle as being the act of a deity is…show more content…
A Christian's entire religion and faith is based on the idea of the miracle, or supernatural occurrence, of Christ's resurrection. As the question arises, are miracles possible, one must explore their individual feelings regarding the meaning of a miracle or what a miracle is. "Religious believers refer to many things as miracles: the occurrence of something they prayed for, needing something and having that need unexpectedly filled, unexpected recoveries from illnesses, unexplained events, and strange coincidences of all kinds." (Hall, 2014) Contradictory, the religion also believes in God's omniscience, which in itself could have different meanings and interpretations. However, logically and rationally, one could argue that if God is truly omniscient, the need for miracles would be eliminated because divine intervention wouldn't be necessary. If God already knows everything that is going to happen throughout a person's life, then there should be no reason to supernaturally alter the course of what is happening to that person. Therefore, one is lead to continue thinking about what or who might be the source of a miracle. Other explanations aside from God performing miracles could include the possibility of mediums on our planet with beings and events that we cannot see…show more content…
Basically everything within our existence and universe is explained away by the laws of nature. If something is happening supernaturally, how can it be defined or explained within that same realm that we humans are so accustomed to explaining life events? "Laws of nature are of nature; they should not be expected to account for the behavior of things which have been supernaturally interfered with." (Clarke, 1997) As humans, we are not adapted to being able to think outside of the box of nature that we have lived and worked within for all of our time on the Earth. It is almost scientifically unexplainable, and therefore, without something like religion backing up your way of thinking, your explanations and reasoning may be completely foreign to your peers. Others may not be able to comprehend your way of understanding the existence or impossibility of miracles. "A natural violation of a law of nature would indeed be incoherent, but this is not part of the Humean concept of the miraculous." (Clarke, 1997) For scientific minded individuals or individuals who have never had their own personal encounter of a miracle, the lack of evidence to support the theories and claims of a miracle are unfathomable and far fetched. For some, there will never be enough realistic evidential
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