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What is a miracle?

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What is a miracle? This is a very common question asked by many people and this essay will analyze and define a miracle. Many people believe in miracles and yet again many people don't. David Hume, a famous Scottish philosopher has defined a miracle as "A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature". My definition of a miracle is "an unnatural event that takes place and has no scientific explanation and cannot be proved in any way" An example of a claimed miracle is the revelation of the Qur'an. The Qur'an was first revealed to a Muslim, Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H). He wasn't a statesman, a preacher or an orator. He was never seen discussing the principles of metaphysics, ethics, law, politics, economics or sociology. He was a person with an excellent character, charming manners and was highly cultured even though he didn't know how to read or write. One day when Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) came out of cave Hira, he had developed all the qualities that are listed above and was carrying a message for all the people. ...read more.

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And even if they do are they determinable? A famous example that Hume has used to argue against miracles is... "Why is it more than probable, that all men must die; that lead cannot, of itself, remain suspended in the air; that fire consumes wood, and is extinguished by water; unless it be, that these events are found agreeable to the laws of nature, and there is required a violation of these laws, or in other words, a miracle to prevent them? Nothing is esteemed a miracle, if it ever happens in the common course of nature. It is no miracle that a man, seemingly in good health, should die on a sudden: Because such a kind of death, though more unusual than any other, has yet been frequently observed to happen. But it is a miracle that a dead man should come to life; because that has never been observed in any age or country. There must, therefore, be a uniform experience against every miraculous event, otherwise the event would not merit that appellation. ...read more.

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Kant is wrong! This is because Kant claims that he knows God always acts according to some law and even though God is unknowable. Both Hume and Kant have related their ideas around the concept of 'Law'. I believe that miracles happen because I have witnessed a miracle and also my religion, Islam, has many stories of miracles. The revelation of the Qur'an itself is a miracle. I don't believe in Kant's or Hume's theory of the 'laws of nature' and how everything done must be related to these laws. I believe that these laws do exist but everything done doesn't have to be related to the laws of nature. I also believe that a miracle does break the laws of nature because to understand a miracle a person would have to change. Since getting people to change their minds about these matters usually calls for something of a miracle. If something can not be proven by science then it doesn't mean that it does not exist or happen because everything may not have a scientific explanation for it. ...read more.

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