MIRACLE or MYTH-Do you ‘believe’ in miracles—have you ever witnessed (experienced) one? If so, what do you believe took place with your miracle? Was your miracle a ‘physical’ event or, an emotional or spiritual experience? If you have experienced what you believe was a miracle, to what do you attribute it? These are all sincere and important questions when considering such matters.
During my eighty six years, I expect that I have heard that term miracle or miraculous used at least a million times. Most often it has been used to express delight at some occurrence or unexpected outcome. Some examples would be: ‘its a miracle she didn’t drown when her car went into ditch’, or ‘it is just miraculous how that skidding car missed little Johnny playin in the road.
More often than not, I have witnessed on social media hundreds of people express certainty of a miraculous outcome for a rather trivial event. For instance, ‘I’m going to have a colonoscopy in the AM. Please pray that all will be well’ and then the inevitable pile-on effect—prayers, prayers, praying etc. Two hours after colonoscopy completed, ‘Great news, nothing serious. Bleeding was from a little hemorrhoid. God is soooo good’. Quite obviously, most would be happy with a relatively normal test result, but to attribute it to God’s partiality is too big a stretch for me. Lets assume for the moment that the colonoscopy showed an advanced cancer which oftentimes it does, would that mean that God is soooo bad, and to top it all off—all those prayers?
So just what are we talking about here? I think, without doubt, what we’re talking about is happiness at good news and sadness and fear from bad news—two perfectly normal human emotions. Also the prayers that everyone pours on are really expressions of love and support—if they are truly addressed to God with the expectation that God will intervene and ‘remove’ a large cancer before the endoscopist gets there is ludicrous and terribly selfish. Does that mean that God loves you more than someone else who may, in fact, have many more prayers being advanced? Unwittingly, that is the attitude readily and frequently advanced by many.
Before we fall off the deep end of reality about miracles, we must define what exactly we’re talking about. More importantly we must have a thorough understanding about what we’re asking and ‘expecting’ God to do. In fact, we ‘must’ know who this God is—seems like no one knows. Well, I’m here to tell you. my God is a Perfect Rational Being. That means simply that ‘physical miracles’ are an absolute impossibility. By a physical miracle, I mean a totally unnatural change in a ‘natural’ event. An example might be, someone born with crippling cerebral palsy suddenly becoming perfectly normal. In order for that to happen, major, major changes would have to occur in that person’s central nervous system, as well as in his/her musculoskeletal system. It can’t happen. Let’s examine why.
If God is Perfect, and who can deny hat he is, change is impossible—something perfect is absolutely whole and complete—it can’t be improved upon nor be detracted from—it can be neither pleased nor displeased—neither helped nor hurt—it is perfect. So this Prefect God with his Prefect Intellect perceived his only creation—all of the perfect little particles of energy which make up everything in this universe. Those tiniest, indivisible particles are collectively known as Quanta (plural for quantum). There are several different denominations, but each of its kind is absolutely perfect in both form and function. Furthermore, each of its kind is indistinguishable from it counterparts. In addition there is not a single one more or less today than at the moment of their creation 13.7-8 billion years ago. Collectively, they are a mirror image of God, an image we call the Second Person of the Trinity. Because these particles are perfect and unchanging, they exist in eternity, as does God. When God views his creation, it views him in return and they viewing each other love what they see—that perpetual loving, choosing , willing, we call the Holy Spirit, the Will Of God. That Will of God is what keeps each particle perfect.
Strangely, every material object in existence is perpetually chancing in a very universally selfish universe. However, each object’s substrate (building blocks) are unchanging in eternity—-they are God.
So you see, physical miracles are impossible—God cannot possibly change his Perfect Nature. You do remember the Magi who were ‘astrologers’—they could interpret the stars—they could perform miracles—they were, in fact, magicians. They certainly exerted a lasting effect on the mentality and, I might add, the gullibility of the human race. They were smart alright—they knew well how to trick and fleece people. Guess what, they’re still doing it.
Over the last two hundred years or so, God’s light began to shine on the human race. Little by little, God came out of hiding and exposed himself through the likes of Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Einstein and many others. We now have a good ‘inkling’ into God’s basic nature, and that is Perfect Rationality. That Perfection cannot change.
Rather than being bedogged with what I consider foolish ideas, content yourself with reality. You will find ultimate happiness by total resignation to God’s Will. Again you may ask, ‘just what is God’s Will’? And I say God’s Will is each and every occurrence of any kind since the beginning of time and continuing until there is no time. God will not and cannot alter the course of natural events. Each of us is a byproduct of each and every one of our lives’ experiences (seen and unseen) from and before the moment of our conception—we inherited much of what we are and we were built by the rest. Each of us has a certain physical destiny and that is death by one cause or another. More importantly, each of us has a certain eternal destiny and that is eternal bliss with our God— expect no miracles—that’s miracle enough. Mythology is a trap.