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What is a miracle?

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A1: What is a miracle? 'A miracle may be accurately defined as a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent.' David Hume A miracle is a 'marvellous event due to some supposed supernatural agency' Oxford English Dictionary. In my opinion I believe that a miracle is an event that cannot be explained for by scientific reasoning, and so we do not understand why and how it has happened. This could be due to the fact that we do not have the scientific knowledge and understanding to fully be able to explain it as even today we are learning knew things about the world around us. People interpret miracles differently; some may believe that they have been performed by some higher power, such as Jesus, Allah and other religious Gods. Others just simply believe that miracles are not miraculous at all and are just showing that we do not fully understand everything about the world around us. Miracles can be broken down into four different main categories: * Religious Miracles - Religious miracles are miracles that are believed to have been performed by a divine intervention. For example, in Christianity it is believed that Jesus has and still does perform miracles. ...read more.

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* Non-Religious Miracles - Non-religious miracles are miracles that are not believed to have been preformed by a higher power but by other means. - Some believe that crystals contain healing powers, Here are a few examples of Gem stones and what they are believed to cure: Amethyst - Acne; Rose Quartz, Carnelian- Bruises; Fluorite, Larimar, Emerald, Yellow Topaz- Colds and Flu and Aquamarine, Topaz, Blue Lace Agate - Swollen Glands. - Others feel that the Earth itself has healing qualities, this links to Nature Miracles as it is to do with herbal remedies, they are available in Health food shops and one range are Dr Bach Flower Remedies. There is a wide variety of different remedies and each are believed to help heal mental issues such as; living in the past, the remedy suggested is Honeysuckle. It is hard to give a definite explanation as to what a miracle is, in a sense it depends on the person, a Christian will perceive an extraordinary even as a miracle performed by God. However, and Atheist would probably not think it to be a miracle at all. Most seem to consider an unusual even that has a positive outcome as a miracle; for example: Passing an Exam. Unusual events that have negative outcomes tend to not be considered as a miracle; for example, being struck by lightening on 4 separate occasions. ...read more.

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The most famous would be the crying statue of Mary. There have been countless reported crying statues of Mary from all around the world, Lewis, Kansas 1996, Lake Ridge, Virginia: 1992, San Thomas, Mexico 1992, Bolivia - July 28, 1999 etc. In one case Las Vegas - 1998; in the back garden shrine of Pablo Covarrubias stands a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe brought from the Basilica in Mexico City. The Virgin regularly weeps real tears that are then harvested in little cotton balls and distributed to the faithful. According to Pablo, many supernatural healings have been documented, and one very windy day, an apparition of Mary appeared in the sky above the shrine. In conclusion I feel that it depends on a persons perspective and religions beliefs as to whether they see an unusual event as a miracle or not. Some may feel that a miracle is performed by God, whilst others may think that it is just something unusual that has happened. The misuse of the word 'Miracle' in media is something that I would say is only due to the fact that it draws the reader's attention in. I don't think that it is possible to completely explain what exactly a miracle is as I mentioned previously it depends on a persons point of view, but I think in conclusion, it could be left as an unusual event, after all, it is the unexplainable which are called Miracles by some. ...read more.

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