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Philosophy Essay - Miracles and the Existence of God

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D) Explain Christian beliefs on miracles A miracle is an event that defies the laws of nature, for example gravity. It must be performed by a Deity and have some kind of meaning behind it. This is a definition of a miracle but Christians may believe something different. Christians agree that a miracle can defy the laws of nature and a Christian would think of this as substantial evidence that miracles and God exists. Although it would be hard it is possible to create and illusion of breaking laws of nature for example, if you saw a floating pen a Christian may think that it is a miracle but there could be some thin wire holding it up creating an illusion. A Deity is another word for God and when talking about miracles a miracle must be performed by a Deity. Although this is a good point there can be some unanswered questions as if we look at the place in France known as ?Lourdes? there have been many reporting?s of ?healing miracles? where people are miraculously healed from a terrible disease. ...read more.

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Although you could be wrong about what you?re thinking, you were thinking it and therefore it exists. If we get rid of everything from what we think is true and what we know is true, how much do we really know? We do not know if God exists, people are brought up from a young age with parents that are religious and will teach the practice of their beliefs to their children and therefore we do not question what authority figures such as our parents tell us. What people deem as ?evidence? is questionable, for example in ?Lourdes, France? people claim to have been healed of diseases such as cancer and other things. This can be down to an incorrect diagnosis from a doctor. 1/8 Women will get cancer in their life and millions are tested every year, surely there will be mistakes when diagnosing for it. We can not see God, we can not prove God, and so is God really here at all? ...read more.

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If a Christian uses the Teleological argument that we are all designed and made unique by a creator. But this is contradicted by the question ?Who created God then?? it is also disproved by Charles Darwin?s work on the Galapagos islands where he saw that animals of the same species varied due to their living conditions and the challenges they faced in day to day life, this is a perfect example of evolution and how design can be natural. To conclude, what is evidence? Is it actual evidence or is it what others such as authority figures consider true, we should each come to our own view, just as Christians hold there?s (that there is substantial evidence for the existence of God). My own view is that we are a miracle in ourselves, a miracle of chance, creation and wonder, we should decide our own views and if God is comforting we should believe in it, but this quote manages to sum up nicely. ?Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.? If we are taught something, question it and leave no stone unturned. -Josh Smith 11E ...read more.

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