Miracles hold the connotation of being fake for many people. If it's not fake, then it's just a nice story with a good message (so still fake) or something not explained yet. People like James Randi (the movie “An Honest Liar” is available on Netflix!) have shown that we should not believe the things being passed off as miracles since often (if not always) they are just elaborate hoaxes.
I just want to take a second to say how horrendous it is that people have and do pass of deception as the things of God. Every Christian has had a moment where they did something that made it harder for someone to believe in Jesus, but a special thanks to those who purposefully deceived many for monetary gain. For you have given churches and the miraculous a bad name. In the Book of Acts, people contributed as was needed in the community of believers, but now people been burned by the church with money where pastors hardly can get a paycheck for all their hard work and we still have pastors who ask for outlandish things. Please, please, please receive money honorably and use it befitting of the God you claim to serve. Deception is NOT as means to and end. Sinning “for the kingdom of God” is not okay. Even if you think that your false miracles are giving people faith you are still wounding the name of Christ. You spit on Him.
So could this early deception about healing be the reason we do not see many healings today? Or should we look to medicine as our miracle?
What Is A Miracle?
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman says that miracles are things that amaze us in day to day life, meaning that miracles are not limited to religious supernatural events. He sees pregnancy and all the good things we have in life as miracles. He talks about “the miracles of the every day” that serve to help us realize the good things we have and notice those less fortunate as us. Rather than the unexplainable being the miracles (which I might say sometimes they are), the true miracle is the world in which we live and in existence itself. The complexity of the universe and how it works are amazing. Every moment is a miracle; many of us have forgotten that and even more have become numb to that fact. Now that is a big difference in perspective.
But with the existence of things that cannot be explained why are they not called miracles? I think it comes down to the “faith” vs “belief” nomenclature. Someone who is not religious might say that they don’t have “faith” but would say that they “believe” something. Maybe “miracle” is seen as a religious word and we can find a less religiously charged synonym. I suggest “phenomena” as such a word to convey the same unexplainable nature of miracles, without the religious connotation that defaults in the mind of many to the falsity of said unexplained or supernatural event.
So do phenomena happen?
I think the answer is a resounding yes.
Fool me once….
But it's okay to be a little skeptical if you filled out a form telling someone everything about you and then they have a “word of knowledge” that includes things you disclosed. We need a balance of skepticism and faith. One without the other leads to believing nothing or believing everything and neither is ideal.
The existence of phonies does not discredit the existence of phenomena, but is certainly makes it harder to find out which ones are real.
If this does not prove that some things cannot be explained then I don’t know what will: