Is belief in the miraculous begging the question?

A miracle is what is not naturally possible. It is a supernatural occurrence. It is paranormal.

Religion uses miracles as evidence for the truth of its claims.

Miracles are events that seem to be against nature or the way natural law usually runs. In other words, they cannot be explained by nature. Examples are the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing to children, the unexplained cure of incurable illness, blood coming out of nowhere on Catholic communion wafers, the sun spinning at Fatima in Portugal in 1917 and most importantly Jesus Christ coming back to life after being dead nearly three days. It is thought that only God can do these things.

Many miracles are verified by the Church on dubious grounds.
Begging the question is when something needs to be backed up by evidence and instead of doing that the person treats it as if it were its own evidence. For example, the pope is infallible because he says so and he is right because he is infallible. It’s a way of making a guess look like it’s a fact not a guess. If we have to beg the question in life, the limit must be set. If miracles are not beyond that limit then nothing is. The believer ultimately takes a person’s word for it that they have experienced a miracle of revelation. X has testified to a miracle. X is honest therefore the testimony is true or probably true.
This makes religious faith human but it does not make it strictly logical or proven.
If logic paved the way for miracles it would be more rational to believe in them. But we have to repose on testimony made by others and not logic. Miracles do not have the endorsement of logic – they do not have the endorsement of the strongest authority.
It is true that this does not prove miracles are impossible or make them necessarily improbable. It only means we cannot use logic to get evidence that they can happen or do happen.
It means we cannot believe and remain responsible people.


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