I Need a Miracle

Where have all the miracles gone? It seems we were inundated with the stories of all the unearthly things that have been done by the power of god. He can produce rabbits form his hat all day long—we have Jesus rising from the dead and ascending into heaven; he was born of a virgin and turned water into win; healed the sick; multiplied loaves and fishes and so on and on. Now my question is if god saw fit to cater a wedding in Cana why won’t he supply food for the starving in Africa?
There are people that claim latter day miracles but, are unable to supply any verifiable evidence. The annual liquefaction of the blood of San Gennaro in Naples is all but impressive—it is pathetic to see hundreds of faithful all staring at a little vile of congealed blood while some old clergy man shakes it with all his power trying to force a small amount of blood to turn to a less solid state. The magician and sceptic James Randi is able to demonstrate the processes involved with this deception and to be honest it is not even that impressive.

Long gone or the resurrections and flying horses—no more are the parting of oceans to let people cross. You see we are no longer fools—if we take a look at less scientifically advanced cultures we can see how the first person to figure out when the eclipse was going to happen might seem like he had the power to do it or when he was able to know when the days were going to get longer or shorter he might have seemed powerful. We don’t need any of this mumbo jumbo anymore because we are able to explain it without resorting to magic spells and incantations.

If god was going to give a vulgar display of power to the people of times-gone-by why didn’t he give them video equipment to make better records than second hand butchered reports in scattered manuscripts? What we need is—to coin a phrase—shock and awe tactics of god—if he was to display he power as he did in times gone by we would have the whole Earth worshiping him—if an angel came into my room at night demonstrating some unexplainable powers of huge proportions then I would be the first to be prostrate on the ground flagellating myself. But, no I am expected to be content that the time of all these impressive miracles are over are over we have to put up with bleeding statues of the virgin Mary. There is the classic story that is told by believers that goes: there was this guy who was working away in a shop and he was very unhappy but then some random person came in off the street and stood on his head in the middle of the shop floor—the shopkeeper rushed over and took the man’s hand and said ‘thank you, thank you—just before you came in I was going to kill myself but before I done it I prayed to god that if he was real to make someone come in off the street and stand on his head’. Now besides the fact that this sound like a my-mother’s-hairdresser’s-aunt’s-husband’s-granny heard that… story it is not very impressive why couldn’t that man say ‘god if you are real fill the bellies of all the starving children’? Surely god’s powers can be put to more impressive tricks than this parlour game—sure I have seen the Hypnosis-Magician Darren Brown make people think that they were dead or make people forget that they had played the piano their whole life. God’s miracles: they don’t impress me much.


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6 responses to “I Need a Miracle

  1. Susan

    My life is going really well…I have a great job, just got married, but I still feel this emptiness within me. I’m not a religious person, but I feel like there’s gotta be a way to connect to something deeper. Any ideas?

  2. Robert Donohoe

    Hi, I am glad to hear that your life is going well. It sounds like you have a lot of happiness. If you are looking for something ‘deeper’ I don’t think you need to resort to believing in the supernatural. Our universe is awesome enough. Take a look though a telescope to see the stars of our galaxy try to imagine what you are seeing–perhaps there is alien life looking right back at you. Look at our nearest star and know that what you are seeing happened 4 years ago; the light takes 4 years to get here at 186,000 miles per second.

    Sit back ant think about worlds that you will never know somewhere that you will never go where people that you will never meet live and may be sitting back thinking about you.

    We have achieved so much ourselves too. Think about the art we have made, the stories, poems and songs we have written, the discoveries we have made, the friends we have made the people we have fallen in love with. We don’t need to disrespect ourselves and say that we need a god to do these things are to make us complete we are good enough–we deserve to give oursleves more credit.

    I expect we all have an emptiness inside it’s what keeps us looking and searching for more. Imagine how boring life would be if we had nothing else to achieve–we had climbed all the mountians, sailed all the seas, discovered every mystrey. That emptiness may need some filling but, it will never be filled and that’s a good thing. Peace and love

  3. Dianna

    Susan,

    It may be time that you looked at spirituality not religion. When we have a spiritual connection with an ultimate being, we will be given the insight on what is needed to feel that void. Other things to try might be to consider donating some of your ‘free’ time to a cause. Often when we witness first hand the struggles of others, we will appreciate what we have on a greater level.

    I am going through some really tough times in my life right now. I recently graduated from college, but was not able to celebrate as I should have because I also found out that very week that my husband has a serious drug problem. He has stolen every dime we had. Now I am going through a tough separation and divorce and about to lose my home to forclosure. I have a decent job and will be starting a part time job in less than a week. Life has been a struggle for the past year. But I have faith that I will get through this. I am not depressed or down troddened. I am fulfilled inside because my sprirituality has taught me to stay strong. I love life and will continue to love life whatever comes my way. So find something to believe in or with all that you have good on the outside, that emptiness can still consume and overcome you.

  4. Susan, drop some Mescaline,
    And think about the once Unseen.

  5. bodybysam

    Susan, something that has helped me a lot recently is a book called “Harmonic Wealth” by James Ray. It isn’t just about finances (though he covers that) but about ALL aspects of our life in which we crave fulfillness and meaning. It has certainly helped me – I hope it might do the same for you.

    Namaste!

    Sam, the JR fan

    (you can check out some of it, here – harmonicwealth.com/read)

  6. For a deeper meaning to life you need to find your soul path or purpose. We’re all here to live, learn, love and understand. To move beyond where you are now, you need to search inside.
    In this life you have been given an easier path, and no real distractions (like war, famine etc).
    Spirituality rather than traditional religous beliefs may help you, as will daily meditation.
    Once you ‘find. yourself, you’ll find something not just deeper, but more profound and significant than anything else you have ever experienced.
    Good luck on your quest.

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