What about miracles?

Miracles

Whenever you talk about your faith or even to a broader sense, about God’s existence to an atheist or skeptic, (let’s call him Mike from now on) you might get stonewalled or you might get a great conversation about the deeper things in life. You will probably end up talking about your favorite Netflix show. What you will rarely get is a conversion from Mike.

There are a myriad of solid evidence for belief in God (we won’t get into that in this post) but for there to be conversion, there is an absolute leap of faith needed since some of the truth behind God are greater than what we will ever be able to know, in this existence. What you end up confronted with will be one of four things: an unconvinced Mike, a combative Mike, a pensive Mike or an apathetic Mike.

Faced with such a situation, I often ask Mike what kind of evidence he would need that would convince him that a leap into faith is the right thing for him. He would probably say something like this: “Show me scientific proof that a being such as God exists!” The problem with this is that God, as we know him, creator of the universe CANNOT be in space and time. Do we see the problem with what Mike is asking? The scientific method measures, quantifies, shows us truths about what is situated IN space and time. No discovery from the scientific method could ever provide proof of God, per se.

But what if God reveals himself to us and makes himself known in time and space? Would that convince Mike? I hear all the Christians right now screaming; “God revealed in space and time? Duh! Jesus!” I doubt that Mike believes that the Bible is the inspired word of God. Jesus might have just been a nice guy that lived 2000 years ago right? (Wrong, but let’s move on) What if God revealed himself, though subtly, in a way that is verifiable with the senses and quantifiable by the scientific method? Yes, I’m talking about miracles.

Yes I believe in miracles. From my point of view, it seems that God gives them to us to provide a twofold benefit for our lives. First, they seem to be a way to replenish faith in those who already have it. Also, for those who don’t have faith it provides evidence of supernatural realities.

Let’s show Mike a couple of known miracles.

Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, Italy  

Around the year 700, a priest-monk of the order of St-Basil was saying mass. He previously had doubts about transubstantiation. (Term used to denote when bread and wine are turned to the body and blood of Christ) Saying the words of consecration, the bread turned into a piece of flesh and the wine into actual blood. The blood quickly turned into five pellets of congealed blood.

Lanciano

This piece of flesh and these pellets of blood are still present today, in Lanciano, Italy and can be visited. Crazy right? But how do we know that these are real?

In 1970 a scientifically thorough study was done by Dr. Odoardo Linoli professor of anatomy, pathological histology, chemistry and clinical microscopy. A stud of the sciences, I might say. The results are astonishing. The flesh was concluded to be a striated muscular tissue of the myocardium (heart wall) and contained no preservation agents. The flesh and blood were deemed to be of human origin, of the same type (AB). The professor also concluded that blood from a cadaver would have decayed centuries prior and only a professional in anatomic dissection could have obtained such a pristine cut of flesh from the heart.

All these findings were put into a detailed report and the minutes of all the meetings are kept by the monastery, to this day.[1]

The incorruptibles

I will not go into details of these miracles, since there are whole books dedicated to this subject (Plus, how do I pick just one to share here?). What I will say is that there are 102 (and growing) saints that have died (well there are actually a lot more than that that have died) But what’s special about these particular saints is that their bodies have not decayed after death. Some of them you can still see today![2]

Do you think Mike would be convinced by miracles such as these? I sure hope he would. At least it makes it harder to outright deny faith.

[1] Eucharistic Miracles, Cruz, Joan Carroll, Tan Books

[2] The Incorruptibles, Cruz, Joan Carroll, Tan Books

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