Why We

Cannot Believe

in Miracles ....

Against Supernatural Beliefs

 

Stories about God raising Jesus from the dead and instantly healing the sick and statues coming to life to talk to us are miracle stories.  A miracle is something that is not explainable naturally.  So a miracle is an exception then to the way we see nature work.  If dead people do not rise, then Jesus rising would be a miracle.   Only a magical cause can be behind it.  The Church says we should believe miracle tales when told by very trustworthy people.  The Church says, "If we refuse to believe trustworthy miracle tales we must ask ourselves if we should believe any testimony to anything!"  That is ultimately the only argument for belief in miracles there is.

 

There are things we cannot be expected to believe without hard evidence regardless of how good the testimony is.  If miracles and magic don't fall into that category then nothing does.  If we cannot be expected to believe in them, people must not promote belief in them.  It demeans us. 

 

Religion simply does not deal with those truths.  It simply settles for saying, "Unbelievers or sceptics are simply relying on the assumption that miracles are not believable when they should be looking at the historical facts and the evidence."  Religion attacks the messenger not the message ... belief in miracles is therefore hostile and nasty.

 

Rene Descartes said you must doubt everything you can until you can prove or support it to your satisfaction.  It is reasonable to assume things are true until you meet sufficient evidence that they are not or might not be only because doubting everything is bad for you.  But surely this would not apply to the magical or the supernatural.  Descartes' thinking has value in the sense that it shows there must be something that is to be considered false until it can be proven true.  That something can only be miracles and the supernatural and God.

 

Science is accused of assuming nature is uniform in order to prove it.  But what can you expect?  We have to assume that.  Yet religion accuses us of being biased and unfair if we assume nature does not allow for the supernatural.  The religionists assume it does so they are more biased and unfair than us for their assumption is bigger.  Also it is unnecessary.  The assumption that nature acts like it follows rules that it does not break is necessary. 

 

A miracle believer cannot know enough about an event or anything to be sure that it is a miracle.  Their belief is mere arrogance.  Their real God is their belief not God.  You need evidence that miracles are possible.  It is too serious of a matter to just assume that they are.  It would be like assuming that the world will turn into custard in five minutes time.  And you cannot have evidence at all for you do not know all the causes of an event.  Miracles are an extreme violation of the rule, "The bigger the assertion the better the evidence there should be to back it up."  Evidence is based on the assumption that there is no supernatural at work so evidence by default and by definition cannot be used in support of a miracle claim.  All you end up with is evidence for something strange.

 

People feel uncomfortable and ashamed when miracle beliefs become what seems too much.  But if there is a God who has supernatural powers, he can give powers to witches and make dragons and unicorns so that we could be living in a fairyland universe tomorrow.  Mere belief in the supernatural is going too far.  What people term going too far is merely a symptom of already having gone too far.

 

Belief in miracles and magic leads to exploitation.  Challenge it.  Those who care about truth will welcome the challenge.  Do you want to be exploited and see people being exploited?

 

 

MIRACLES - GENERAL REFUTATIONS

Conclusive Arguments against the Authenticity of Miracles

Advertising and Religion's Miracle Cure claims

Are Miracles Impossible By Definition?

The Quest for Miracles is the Quest for Religious Propaganda and Leads to Support for the Propaganda

A Study of Miracles from A Level Philosophy of Religion

Bogus Authentication of Miracles undertaken by the Roman Catholics

Bad and Dangerous to See Miracles Everywhere

Baloney Watch - being prepared not to be fooled by today's nonsense!

Belief in Miracles is Superstition

How Religion Uses Faith and Love to Compel you to be Biased in Favour of Its Miracle Tales

What is a Law of Nature in the light of Miracles?

Bible sometimes denies that Miracles are Signs from God

The Bigger the Miracle then the Bigger the Evidence You need to Defend the Reality of the Miracle

The Doctrine that Faith in Miracles and in Religion and God is a Miracle Itself

Is it true that God makes laws and creates exceptions to them such as miracles?

The Christian God hides and then does miracles to show us his presence - how logical!

Dangers of belief in the Supernatural

David Hume vs. belief in miracles

Debunkers of Miracles Debunked?

Is the Miracle really just a Freak of Nature Mistaken for a Miracle?

God Doing Miracles is refuted by the fact that if we have free will he is still all in control

It is Not True that Faith in Miracles is Good for it Gives People Hope

Miracles - People do not Believe in them but in their Interpretation of Them

Miracles may be Evil but are They Necessary Evils?

You Need Exceptionally Good Evidence if You Want to Believe in Miracles

It is Falsely Claimed that Belief in the Miracles or in the Supernatural Supplements Logic and Reason

Miracles are So Big that Testimony is Futile if You want to Verify Them

Spotting When an Alleged Miracle May be Trickery

What if a Person says Their Faith in Miracles is True For Them

Belief in Miracles Leads to Sceptics being Slandered

To Verify a Miracle You would Need a Miracle

Belief in Miracles Draws People to Attack Human Dignity

Miracles are Opposed to Science for Miracles Cannot be Repeated

Miracles Draw People to Anti-Secularism

Belief in Miracles Wrecks our Trust in Nature

You Cannot Believe a Miracle Happened - You Can Only Assume it

Miracles & the Possibility of Alien Intervention

Out of Body Experiences and Miracles

Maybe a Miracle is Just a Coincidence?

Miracles & Contradictions Cannot Be Distinguished

Miracles and the Fact that if There is a God He will Interfere with Nature as Little as Possible

Miracles: How Belief in them Puts the Supernatural Beyond all Falsification

Miracles and How Witnesses Should Assume Hallucination

Miracles are Impossible to Verify as they are Obscured in History

Miracles Conflict with Religious Mystery - that God Reveals Truth that Makes Little or No Sense to Us

Miracles Contradict the Fact that if there is a God then it is the God of Pantheism

Miracles & Faith Labels

Miracles & Trusting God

Miracles & Satan - he can do miracles that seem to be from God

Miracles Accuse of Sin and Nobody Has the Right to Say We are Sinners for it Accuses Us Of Being Criminals Against God's Law

Miracles as Secrets

Miracles are Silly

Belief in Miracles is not a Legitimate Means of Comfort?

Miracles contradict the fact that its not God's business what we believe

Is the significance of a miracle more important than the fact of a miracle?

Jesus' Best Miracle and How it Makes Us Question His Resurrection

Is it Rational to take the Leap of Faith in Relation to Miracle Claims and Religion?

Is It the Miracle or It's Message That is the Centerpoint?

Miracles - are they above nature but not against it?

Miracles - The Definitions of Miracles are all Daft Therefore Miracle Claims are Meaningless Gibberish

Miracles Disprove God!

Miracles and Why the Testimony of Logic has more weight than the Testimony of Evidence

Protestants Dishonestly Refuse to Even Examine Catholic Miracles and They Simply Dismiss Them

Faith in Miracles is Faith in the Men Who Authenticated Them and Not in God

Miracles and Intellectual Dishonesty: Religion only permits belief in miracles that suit its agenda and its theology

Miracle Healings and the Rules of the Pope for Verifying Them

Miracles Do Not Happen

Miracles Don't Help Faith

Belief in Miracles Only Leads to People Believing In Sins They Don't Need to and Thereby Becoming More Sinful

Miracles Open a Pandora's Box for Gullibility and Being Fooled by Spiritual Frauds

People do not believe in miracles but in other people's belief in them!

Miracles and Self-Centredness and Egoism

Miracles - Equally Signs?

Miracles - the Case Against Defining them as Exceptions to Nature?

Miracle Explosion Coming - When Religion Expects loads of Miracles will happen in the future

Miracles - love sinner, hate sin

Miracles make Bigots

Miracles Blaspheme the Right of God to Judge

Miracles - The Case Against Them Considering OCR Philosophy of Religion for AS and A2

Miracles - Not Signs From God

Miracle Belief Draws Fraudsters

Miracles Options

Miracles - It is best to Presume Fraud/Error when a miracle report is made

Miracles-Probability & Evidence

Miracles Should Put One off God

Miracles Refute Catholicism

Miracles are married to the vicious circle - circular reasoning

Miracles Ruin Trust in Others

Miracles - Parapsychology Refutes

Miracles are the same as Magic - there is no real way to distinguish them

Belief in miracles is not belief but merely opinion

Miracles and Apparitions That Tell Lies

Miracles - is the Default Position assuming that they don't happen or that they do?

Miracles Uncaused?

Why Miracles Would Necessarily Be Uncommon

Miracles are Useless for they are and should be Unnecessary

Miracles Violate Nature?

Miracles Make No Sense at All When We Haven't Got Free Will or Cannot Know We Have it

Miracles - Should we Dismiss them if We Catch Witnesses out in Lies?

Miracle Witnesses - General Agreement

Why is it only uneducated people who testify to miracles?

Coherence Theory of Truth & How it Relates to Miracles

Miracles indicate a weak faith and unwillingness to live a good life without magic evidence that one should

Naturalism - The Denial That There is Sufficient Reason to Believe in the Supernatural

Natural Law - Is it a MIRACLE itself!

Need to See Miracles Yourself If You Want to Believe!

Miracles - is it hard evidence we need or is testimony enough?

Miracles and the Philosophy of Father Brian Davies

Miracles in the Light of Science - the need to assume there is no magic

The Case for Saying Miracles Not Can Happen, but Did Happen

Never Sure - Miracle Witness

New Testament v Jesus Miracles

Can Have Evidence that Non-Miracles should be taken for Miracles

Even Small Miracles Need Amazing Evidence

Miracles Finding the Common Ground between the Believer and the Sceptic

Miracles - Why we should not tell if we experience them

Miracles - how the Catholic Church exercises a double-standard

Miracles that Endorse Suffering Endorses Suffering

Miracle - Little Refutes

Miracles and the Religious Context

Miracle, Everything a Miracle?

Miracle - Evidence Illusion

If a Miracle Must Have Happened, the Problem is What the Miracle Actually Was

If God Cures Miraculously, then why am I not Healed?

Why Do People Want to Believe In Miracles?

Mammoth Proof for Miracles Please - it is what is Needed!

Making Money Out of Miracle Claims

My Own Existence is All I Can Really Prove and How that Impacts on Miracles

Miracles never verify the Doctrine of God as master of Creation

Miracles Believers are Begging the Question

Miracle Beliefs do Harm

Miracle Belief is not Needed and not Important

Miracles it is up to the believers to verify them

God Corrects Himself when he does Miracles?

God of the Gaps

Good Fruits - is a miracle from God if the results are good?

If Miracles Happen and are Signs Then All Should See Them

If you can't doubt miracles then what can you doubt?

Refuting a Standard and Expert Defence of Miracles

Religion Randomly Selects What Miracles It Wishes to Believe In

Religious faith and the absurd miracles

Revelation Demotivates the Person From Seeking Truth

Roman Catholic Church Performs Miracle Tricks

Miracles Accuse God of Being a Show-Off

Slippery Slope arguments against miracles

Leave Miracles Alone if you cannot explain them - what is wrong with that argument?

One has to Make Excuses in Order to Believe in Miracles

Is it Correct to Argue that Miracles are Possible So We Can Believe in Them?

Proven Miracles? The Notorious Miracles of Saint Medard

Psychology - How This Science Leads to Scepticism about Miracles

Exceptional Evidence is Needed for the Christian Miracles - how the Christians Fail to Provide it

The Strange Duty to Believe in Miracles

Obscure Miracles have Lessons for Us

Testing a Witness to an Alleged Miracle

The Skeptic's Tools

One faiths miracle-signs oppose the miracle-signs of another faith

Only Skeptical Witnesses Should Be Listened to if a Miracle Claim is Made

If Miracles Were From God They Would Not Lack a Clear Moral Purpose

Scepticism is a good habit and a virtue

Speak Out Firmly and Kindly that the Truth About Miracles May be Known and Free People

 

PRAYER

Affirmations - the New Age Substitute for Prayer

Chanting

COPOUT ALERT : "Do not ask in specific detail when praying or doing magic"

Church Tells Lies about Prayer

God is pro-counterfeit love of others and against real love

Letter refuting the decency of  Prayer

Occult Argument Against Church Going

Perils of Prayer

Prayer - all about God and that is Off-putting for we Have Humanitarian Instincts

Prayer is taught by Religion as a Duty and to Invent Duties is a Form of Bullying

Prayer & How It is an Attempt to Condone the Evil of Earthquakes

Prayer Advocates Danger of Thinking God Communicates with You

Prayer is Hypocrisy if We are Really All Sinners

Prayer Blames Victims When No Results Are Apparent

Prayer - Feeling Good About Doing Nothing

Prayer - Harmful Affirmation

Prayer is Degrading Submission to God

Prayer is Evil

Prayer is Pro-Addiction to God and Religion

Prayer is Psychological Manipulation

Prayer is Christianity is Needed to avoid Hell Which Should Deprive it of Joy and a Sense of Freedom

Prayer  is Never Really or Provably Answered

Prayer - not about helping people

Prayer of Petition and How it is Wasting Time and Insulting God

Prayer Tempts God to Do Evil

Prayer versus Trust in God

Praying for another is not right when you could be doing something for another person instead

Praying for Enemies

Praying for the Wellbeing of Monsters

Problem with Telling People You're Praying for Them

Quietism - Mystical Prayer

The Law of Attraction

Worship of the God of Miracles is Proxy Worship of His Inventors

 

APPARITIONS GENERAL

Vatican Rules About Visions

Lourdes Apparition in 1858 - the case for it being a Delusion

Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje: Visions or Frauds

Lourdes and Its Not-So-Believable Healing Miracles

A Catholic Refutes Medjugorje

Ecstasy during visions of Heavenly Beings

The Vision of Medjugorje Urged Sinful Disobedience to the Bishop

Mary - did she miraculously appear at Garabandal, Spain?

Mary's Apparitions At Medjugorje are Unconvincing

Medjugorje  in the Light of Science

Medjugorje Pictures that Invite Suspicion

Skeptoid on Guadalupe Marian Apparition Hoax

Guadalupe – Hoax Apparition

Silly Messages from Our Lady of Medjugorje

Proof that Belief in the Mary Apparitions of Medjugorje Does Harm

Tre Fontane - the Alleged Visions from Heaven

Angels of Mons

Apparitions of Marys - why does Mary never look the same or sound the same in her apparitions

Book - Bernadette of Lourdes

Our Lady - Wisconsin Apparition Questions

Christina Gallagher - the Catholic "visionary" of Achill Mayo

Why the Revelations of St Bridget of Sweden are Suspect

La Salette Apparition of Mary

La Salette Vision - was a woman mistaken for Mary in a case of Mistaken Identity?

FR Rene Laurentin lying Medjugorje Supporter

St Catherine Laboure and Her Visions of Mary and the Miraculous Medal

Life-Offering Revelation - Another bogus Catholic devotion

Lorna Byrne - away with the angels

The Spurious Apparition of the Rosa Mystica

Fraudulent Lucia of Fatima - a dubious visionary of Heaven

Father O Carroll lies for Medjugorje

The Revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Siluva Apparition

Questionable Revelations at the Pellevoisin Apparitions

Virgin Birth of Jesus refuted

 

APPARITION - FATIMA

Russia Consecration - Demanded by the Alleged Apparitions to Lucia of Fatima

Santo Miracle and its Link to the Fatima Apparitions

Third Secret of Our Lady of Fatima

Fatima Apparition was allegedly predicted in a Séance

Fatima Apparitions of Mary - the lies and the Fraud

Fatima Heresies - How it is not true that the revelations of the Fatima Virgin really support Catholicism

Famous Fatima Sun Miracle Refuted

Apparitions of angels at Fatima?

 

APPARITION - KNOCK

Telegraph 1880 Sheds Light on the Dubious Apparition of Knock

Knock - were the Witnesses Colluding to concoct a miracle tale??

Knock Fraud - Was the Parish Priest Involved?

Knock - is it true that the vision was seen before it got dark as well as after?

Knock: Patrick Walsh gives the evidence that the vision was not amazing

Knock - Questions that entice us to suspect fraud

Knock – Spurious Apparition of Mary and two saints

Knock the Hoax?

Knock - Meaning of the Apparition

Knock - Miracle Hoax about the Dry Gable

Knock Apparition is an Unimpressive Miracle

Knock Witnesses - Their Depositions under the Spotlight

 

PROPHECY

Bible Code - Drosnin's Hoax

Astrology is anti-scientific and harmful

Catholic Prophecy - Visionaries and Mystics were deluded about power to see the future

Fortune-Telling

Prophecy - The Power to Predict and Foresee the Future

Cornwell's revelations on Medjugorje

Divine Mercy Devotion and St Faustina

Marian Apparitions Fake

Maria Valtorta & Medjugorje

Visions of the Lives of Jesus and Mary

 

HEALING

Amputees never miraculously regrow limbs

 

JESUS - A TRICKSTER!

Did Jesus use Hypnosis to Deceive?

Jesus' Non-Miracles

Jesus' Tricks and his pretending to do miracles

Jesus – Miracles & His Alleged Sinlessness

Jesus' Miracles Lack Credibility

 

 

STIGMATA

Stigmata, the Fake Wounds of Jesus, Why Stigmata is not From God

Padre Pio - The Case for His Being Deluded and a Fraud

 

TURIN SHROUD HOAX

 

Summary of Why the Turin Shroud is Faked

Booklet - The Burial Cloths of Christ

Bible Refutes Shroud of Turin

Shroud - two faces on it!

Salvator Mundi - basis of the Shroud Image?

Blood on the Shroud?

Hungarian Codex - Disproof of the Carbon Dating?

Making a Turin Shroud

Turin Shroud - A Photo?

Secrets of the Dead - Review

Shroud made by super-science??

Shroud man should have decomposed a bit at least!

Shroud man not Jesus unless Jesus was decapitated

Shroud of Turin debunks the Jesus resurrection for us

Sudarium does not Authenticate Shroud

The Bishops who Exposed Turin Shroud as Fake

The True Age of the Turin Shroud

Turin Shroud cannot hold the image of Jesus

Turin Shroud is a Hoax

Turin Shroud - the Errors that Prove its not a Miracle from God

Turin Shroud - a Lesson about Coincidences

 

SAINTS

Alexandrina da Costa - Religious Superstition at its worst

Bodies of the Undecayed Saints - Catholicism's Dishonesty

Catholicism and how it makes Bad People out to be Saints

St Elizabeth of Hungary - Her Message that Wilful Self-Torment is Holy

St Seraphim

Mother Teresa of Calcutta - She Pretended to be a True Humanitarian and Holy Woman

 

PARANORMAL

Witchcraft

Magic Cannot Work

Magic - is it true that it facilitates morality?

Magic is love and love is magic - a short-sighted doctrine

Magic - Why Believe?

Mind over Matter - a proof?

Quantum Physics Do Not Indicate that Magic is Possible and Usable

Spiritualism

Telepathy refutes Confidence in the Reality of a Miracle

Memories of a Past Life Cannot Show You Really Lived Before

Satanism is Nonsense

Aliens

Aleister Crowley

Photos that Challenge Paranormal Claims

Leonora Piper - Reputedly the One True Spirit Medium?

Spells - how to do them!

Urantia

Levitation - the Miracle of Floating in Mid-Air

Visualisation - A form of magic

 

EXORCISM AND CASTING OUT DEMONS

Did the Devil do the Jesus Miracles?

Exorcism Should be Illegal

Exorcism - the Most Outrageous Miracle Claim of them All

Exorcists - The Rite by Baglio

Legion - Cast out by Jesus?

 

RELIGIOUS MAGIC

Absolution of Sins by Catholic Priests - an Outlandish Miracle

Animal Magnetism - Science or Superstition?

Criticism of Religion or of Religious Doctrines

Januarius Blood - it miraculously liquefies after centuries

Lanciano Eucharist Miracle - did a wafer really turn into Jesus' heart muscle?

Spirituality & Religion

Miraculous Images and Pictures

Transubstantiation - the Miracle of Bread and Wine Turning Into the Body and Blood of Jesus

Catholics - Providers of Hoax Miracles

Superstition - What is it and why is it so bad?

Pentecostalism

 

MORMONISM

Mormonism is a hoax

Mormonism - an untrue religion

Book of Abraham - a Fraud that the Mormon Church rationalises away

Book of Mormon - debunked by Professor Anthon

The spurious witnesses of the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is not God's Work

Is the Book of Mormon translated right?

Answer to Mormon Evidences for the Truth of the Mormon Faith

Archaeology v. Book Mormon

The Book of Mormon versus history

Joseph Smith - False Prophet  of God

False Prophecy - how the Book of Mormon fraudulently guesses the Future

First Vision - Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith says he saw God and Jesus

 

OFFSITE LINKS

Medjugorje Hoax 

www.godisimaginary.com

www.evilbible.com

www.infidels.org

Paranormal Refuted

Faith Healing

Skeptical Inquirer Magazine

www.theotokos.org.uk

www.unitypublishing.com

Fatima for Skeptics

www.mormonthink.com

http://www.mormonhandbook.com/

Mormonism against Itself

Competing Claims refute Christ

Fake Apparitions Today

Roman Catholicism Refuted

Skeptoid on Fatima

Joe Nickell and Fatima

Joe Nickell - Shroud

Joe Nickell and Padre Pio

Shroud of Turin without the Hype

Dictionary for Skeptics

Bad news about Miracles

In Defence of Religion

You do not have a Guardian Angel!