Are Miracles Real?

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  1. Tiffy

    Tiffy Active Member

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    62% of British people believe in miracles, a latest survey reveals. 7 out of 10 young people, an even higher percentage, say they believe that miracles can happen.

    What is the opinion of forum members on the subject?

    Any personal anecdotes will be warmly received.
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    Magistos Moderator Staff Member Anglican

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    I believe that they are. Why wouldn't they be? I just wonder if we don't see them as much in a world filled with so many other wonders.

    My sister, now 41, was a month old infant in the hospital with bacterial meningitis. Thats avery bad thing, as you may know. The hospital had done all it could. It still raged. Finally, the only instructions from the staff was "pray". People had been, but this was "final" if that makes sense.

    In the morning rounds, the doctor checked on her. He called my parents, and said "Remember I'm Jewish as I say this. It's a miracle. All the bacteria are dead. It's defeated overnight, and she's resting completely normally."

    Medical science? Miracle? Miracle through science? The doctor, a man of science, said miracle.
     
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    Peteprint Well-Known Member Anglican

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    That is a beautiful story, Magistos. Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Of course there are miracles, to deny this is to deny dozens of accounts in the Bible (or to downgrade them to "metaphors"). There is no reason to think that miracles do not happen today.
     
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    There are lots of things that go beyond our capacity to explain. Not all of them are exactly miracles in the conventional sense. I was aware of a family with a long time ill mother/grandmother in hospital. After many weeks it was felt that it would be good for the family to have a weekend off, as they were quite drained through the ordeal. They went camping about 100 km out of town, where there was no phone, no internet, and no power, just nature. At 3am things deteriorate in the hospital and the nursing staff decided it was time to ring the family - however no one was home. At 3am in the forest all three of them sat bolt upright woken by the sound of a landline phone ringing. They could not explain it, but somehow felt impelled to pack up and go to the hospital immediately, They got there about 5 am and peacefully surrounded by her family around 6am the grandmother slipped from this world to the next. It seems to me that miracles are not against nature but simply in some way go beyond nature, very must as faith takes us that one step further than reason unassisted can achieve.
     
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    While I am no atheist, it would be hard not to agree with naturalists that the need to lie about or exaggerate claims regarding the supernatural has been a problem of ours since the beginning of time, and we need to be on guard against absurd or untenable claims. Nevertheless, I do believe in miracles. Obviously, the most extraordinary ones would be those in the bible, even though I've never seen them. But, ironically, the phenomenon I've experienced, which are most likely to be miraculous, given the context, situation, and other factors, are often the most subtle. Stuff a person would quickly dismiss as coincidence if you told them, but because you were there, you knew otherwise and why it was, in your own personal way.
     

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