On absurdity of pretended miracles

There was a time, on this blog, I had written as part of a post that miracles simply couldn’t happen and whenever a miracle is needed to explain a phenomena then you should know that event wasn’t believed when it happened. The miracle story was perpetuated to make a lie believable but by doing this, they create a bigger problem of explaining why this miracle and why is it that the observers of the miracle are only those who believe in miracles!

Here we have our current philosopher telling us in beautiful prose why miracles just as other propositions that accompany god belief are absurd.

The founders of all religions have usually proved their mission by miracles. But what is a miracle? It is an operation directly opposed to the laws of nature. But, according to you, who has made these laws? It is God. Thus your God, who, according to you, has foreseen everything, counteracts the laws which His wisdom had imposed upon nature! These laws were then defective, or at least in certain circumstances they were but in accordance with the views of this same God, for you tell us that He thought He ought to suspend or counteract them.

An attempt is made to persuade us that men who have been favored by the Most High have received from Him the power to perform miracles; but in order to perform a miracle, it is necessary to have the faculty of creating new causes capable of producing effects opposed to those which ordinary causes can produce. Can we realize how God can give to men the inconceivable power of creating causes out of nothing? Can it be believed that an unchangeable God can communicate to man the power to change or rectify His plan, a power which, according to His essence, an immutable being can not have himself? Miracles, far from doing much honor to God, far from proving the Divinity of religion, destroy evidently the idea which is given to us of God, of His immutability, of His incommunicable attributes, and even of His omnipotence. How can a theologian tell us that a God who embraced at once the whole of His plan, who could make but perfect laws, who can change nothing in them, should be obliged to employ miracles to make His projects successful, or grant to His creatures the faculty of performing prodigies, in order to execute His Divine will? Is it probable that a God needs the support of men? An Omnipotent Being, whose wishes are always gratified, a Being who holds in His hands the hearts and the minds of His creatures, needs but to wish, in order to make them believe all He desires

Jean Meslier

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

5 thoughts on “On absurdity of pretended miracles

  1. The problem with miracles is that they are narcissistic and self-defeating. They are narcissistic because they presuppose that the omnipotent creator of the universe has decided to suspend the laws of nature (that believers insist he fine-tuned to break-neck tolerance) at the request of a mere mortal. That takes some serious ego to believe. But suppose that miracles do happen. Miracles rely by definition on the regularity of nature. So if miracles happen in the numbers claimed by the religious, then there *is no* regularity in the laws of nature: anything goes at that point. But if anything goes, then what does even mean to say that something is miraculous? The supposition of miracles is therefore self-defeating.


    • makagutu says:

      I think mate, it is every religious claim that is contradictory. There is none that can stand on its feet. They give by one hand and take by the other. Just think of any religious claim and you’ll easily see its contradiction in the lives of its adherents.


  2. Nauru says:

    As a Newbie, I am permanently searching online for articles that can be of assistance to me. Thank you


  3. emmylgant says:

    They give by one hand and take by the other…Right on the money, Mak!


  4. […] tie their tails together, the people brought back to life by Elijah, to name just a few! I defer to Jean Messlier’s argument against miracles, but I prefer this by Mark […]


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