Nowadays, many things are considered miracles such as surviving a
big disaster like a tsunami, earthquake, fire or car crash. A mother
who was told that she couldn't ever get pregnant will see conceiving a
child as a miracle. Surviving stage 4 cancer way beyond the estimated
time that one is supposed to live is also a miracle. When there are
problems, complications or threats, people pray to God. Surpassing
these trials against all odds will then be seen as an answer to their
prayers and thus a miracle.
Different people in different cultures believe in different Gods or
- supreme beings- . Sometimes certain cultures even have several of
them. Christianity is the most widespread religion with 33.32% of the
world's population believing in Jesus. Next is Islam with 21.01% of
the world's population believing in Allah. Following Islam is
Hinduism with 13.26% of the world's population believing in several
Gods and Goddesses.
Ganesha, Hanuman, Lakshmi, Shiva, and Durga are some of them. In
the fourth spot, you have Buddhism at 5.84%. Unlike the first 3
religions, the Buddhists do not believe in any God but rather adhere
to the concept that any man can be enlightened by having a certain
code of conduct and undertaking a method of mental discipline.
They believe that "enlightened ones" will save all beings from
sufferings. Buddha is an "enlightened one". He is considered by
Buddhists as the enlightened father of humanity but not a God
because they do not believe in the concept of God. The last 27 or so
percent of the world are divided into many smaller religions.
In all these religions, there have been extraordinary events amongst
its believers that cannot be explained and whether they attribute it to
their Gods, supreme beings or even to nature, all these unexplained
events are collectively considered as miracles.
Many things here on Earth have scientific explanations. What were
considered as miracles before may not be considered as miracles now.
In the old days, it was considered a miracle when people came back
from the "dead".
Science has explained that these "dead" people were in fact just in a
deep meditative state and that their vital signs were not just detected
by the primitive medical instruments that they used back then. Now,
with all the technology that we have, coming back from the "dead" is
usually accompanied with an explanation of why or how.
Fire used to be considered as "magic" or a "gift from the Gods". This
was so until friction was explained. However, there are too many
things that remain unexplainable despite all the technology that we
have and perhaps these things will never be explained because they
are actually real miracles.