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Miracles

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Blaine Kenneally

on 24 April 2010

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MIRACLES Definition An unexpected or unlikely occurance which is attributed to divine intervention, and usually appears to break natural laws. Miracles In the Bible Moses and the Plagues of Egypt All of the plagues that God is said to have brought to Egypt to help Moses free the Israelites are thought of as miracles. Amongst other things, these included:
Water turned to blood.
Disease brought to livestock.
A storm of hail and fire.
The death the first-born of all Egyptian families. Jesus walking on water In the Gospels, Jesus is said to have walked half-way across the sea of Galilee to meet his disciples, who were in a boat, doing things the normal way. Modern-Day Miracles Lakshmi Tatma In 2005, Poonam Tatma gave birth to a girl with 8 limbs. Lakshmi was actually one of a pair of conjioned twins who were fused at the pelvis. The second twin mirrored the position of Lakshmi, but had no head due to atrohpy, so the impression of one girl with 4 extra limbs was given. Her mother Poonam Tatma said she believed her daughter was 'a miracle, a reincarnation' of Vishnu, the Hindu Supreme God, but insisted that 'she is my daughter and she cannot live like this.' Lakshmi did eventually undergo a 27-hour operation performed free of charge by the hospital, and recovered well. Collision Survivor Philosopher's Views David Hume -
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748) ... 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 ... When anyone tells me, that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable, that this person should either deceive or be deceived, or that the fact, which he relates, should really have happened. I weigh the one miracle against the other; and according to the superiority, which I discover, I pronounce my decision, and always reject the greater miracle. If the falsehood of his testimony would be more miraculous than the event which be relates; then, and not till then, can he pretend to command my belief or opinion. In summary, Hume thought that, by definition, miracles could not be proved. He saw that proof was rooted in experience, and seeing as miracles are outside of normal experience, it is most probable that they didn't actually occur.
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