say there is no evidence for the existence of a god. But what about miracles?
- There are many who
believe that miracles are proof of gods existence. We hear wild claims
that a healing has taken place but we never get an independent testimony
from a medical office or a surgeon. We hear second-hand reports that someone
was miraculously saved from disaster but we never get an eye-witness account
of what is supposed to have happened. We hear rumours that prayer straightened
a diseased body or strengthened a withered limb, but we never see X-rays
or get comments from doctors or nurses. Wild claims, second-hand reports
and rumours are no substitute for solid evidence and solid evidence of miracles
is very rare.
- However, sometimes
unexplained things do happen, unexpected events do occur. But our inability
to explain such things does not prove the existence of gods. It only proves
that our knowledge is as yet incomplete. Before the development of modern
medicine, when people didnt know what caused sickness people believed
that god or the gods sent diseases as a punishment. Now we know what causes
such things and when we get sick, we take medicine. In time when our knowledge
of the world is more complete, we will be able to understand what causes
unexplained phenomena, just as we can now understand what causes disease.