I believe that many people who reject certain religions have a simple belief, based upon current scientific knowledge and the environment we live in, that miracles just don’t occur. You can’t violate the laws of nature. People don’t heal the sick with the touch of their hand and they don’t rise from the dead. Honestly, I’m a man of science so I really have a hard time disagreeing, until I think logically, spiritually, and do a little homework.
In the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, the authors propose that the greatest miracle to ever occur was the creation of the universe out of nothing. Literally nothing, not a quantum vacuum, but nothing. I wholeheartedly believe this to be true, as you cannot go backwards in time infinitely (the universe or multiverse could not have always existed, see post about God and the Problem of Infinity) and things just don’t pop into existence/don’t create themselves. If the creation of the universe out of nothing is possible and has already happened, than I can accept other miracles (such as the resurrection of a dead person) are at the very least possible.
The reason I even bring this up is because I believe there is so much more to this world we live in (hence my passion for the metaphysical and power of the mind) than we can see, touch, hear, smell, and test in a lab. Medical miracles, near death experiences, out of body experiences, etc. are very real TODAY and I think it is something you cannot just dismiss because they don’t jive with science. My own family has experienced true medical miracles, with loved ones overcoming not only statistics, but seeminly science, when ‘beating the odds’. Miracles are something I can’t help but embrace.
Yes, I’ve heard that a related near death experience can be reproduced in a lab setting by manipulating the brain, but there are documented cases of NDE by people who were blind from birth and could see perfectly fine during their experience. Also, there have been NDE where people have accurately described what was happening in a completely different place in the hospital they had never seen/been to.
Point is, I think it’s perfectly fine to believe in miracles and pray for them. Now, I’m not sure exactly what kind of miracles occur or are possible in this day and age, but I have a theory. I don’t know if I believe the physical miracles like the ones attributed to Jesus occur in today’s times, but I very much believe that certain miracles are manifest within ourselves through/by God. Let’s call them, oh I don’t know, metaphysical miracles.
I believe God has spoken and done his works through people throughout all of human history. Maybe the medical miracles actually are physical changes within the body, stemming from a spiritual or mental (thought driven) origin. I believe that people who have a close connection to God, who work on strengthening their spirituality, mental and physical attributes, put themselves in a better position to experience miracles than those who do not.
Miracles, by definition, are highly improbable or extraordinary events. By tapping into the metaphysical side of health and utilizing the power of thought, we can develop the ability to generate other extraordinary events to improve our health (mindfulness and mental imagery to expedite the healing process, prayer and positive though to reduce stress and illness duration, beliefs and faith to alter body chemistry, and so on) . Perhaps, by doing do this on a regular basis, we put ourselves in a better position to experience miracles in our lives.
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