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?
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
Bad and Dangerous to See Miracles Everywhere
What is a Law of Nature in the light of Miracles?
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!
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 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
Miracles are Opposed to Science for Miracles Cannot be Repeated
Belief in Miracles Wrecks our Trust in Nature
Out of Body Experiences and Miracles
Maybe a Miracle is Just a Coincidence?
Miracles and the Fact that if There is a God He will Interfere with Nature as Little as Possible
Miracles Contradict the Fact that if there is a God then it is the God of Pantheism
Miracles & Faith Labels
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
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 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
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 - Equally Signs?
Miracle Explosion Coming - When Religion Expects loads of Miracles will happen in the future
Miracles Blaspheme the Right of God to Judge
Miracle Belief Draws Fraudsters
Miracles are married to the vicious circle - circular reasoning
Miracles Ruin Trust in Others
Belief in miracles is not belief but merely opinion
Miracles are Useless for they are and should be Unnecessary
Miracles Violate Nature?
Why is it only uneducated people who testify 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!
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
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
Miracle, Everything a Miracle?
Miracle - Evidence Illusion
If a Miracle Must Have Happened, the Problem is What the Miracle Actually Was
Making Money Out of Miracle Claims
My Own Existence is All I Can Really Prove and How that Impacts on Miracles
Miracles Believers are Begging the Question
Miracle Belief is not Needed and not Important
Miracles it is up to the believers to verify them
Obscure Miracles have Lessons for Us
Testing a Witness to an Alleged Miracle
One faiths miracle-signs oppose the miracle-signs of another faith
Only Skeptical Witnesses Should Be Listened to if a Miracle Claim is Made
Scepticism is a good habit and a virtue
Speak Out Firmly and Kindly that the Truth About Miracles May be Known and Free People
God is pro-counterfeit love of others and against real love
Letter refuting the decency of Prayer
Prayer is taught by Religion as a Duty and to Invent Duties is a Form of Bullying
Prayer Advocates Danger of Thinking God Communicates with You
Prayer - Feeling Good About Doing Nothing
Prayer - Harmful Affirmation
Prayer is Degrading Submission to God
Prayer - not about helping people
Praying for another is not right when you could be doing something for another person instead
Praying for Enemies
Worship of the God of Miracles is Proxy Worship of His Inventors
Ecstasy during visions of Heavenly Beings
Angels of Mons
Apparitions of Marys - why does Mary never look the same or sound the same in her apparitions
Our Lady - Wisconsin Apparition Questions
Life-Offering Revelation - Another bogus Catholic devotion
Questionable Revelations at the Pellevoisin Apparitions
Virgin Birth of Jesus refuted
Russia Consecration - Demanded by the Alleged Apparitions to Lucia of Fatima
Santo Miracle and its Link to the Fatima Apparitions
Fatima Apparition was allegedly predicted in a Séance
Fatima Heresies - How it is not true that the revelations of the Fatima Virgin really support Catholicism
Telegraph 1880 Sheds Light on the Dubious Apparition of Knock
Knock - Meaning of the Apparition
Visions of the Lives of Jesus and Mary
Amputees never miraculously regrow limbs
Jesus' Miracles Lack Credibility
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
Mother Teresa of Calcutta - She Pretended to be a True Humanitarian and Holy Woman
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?
Memories of a Past Life Cannot Show You Really Lived Before
Spells - how to do them!
Levitation - the Miracle of Floating in Mid-Air
Visualisation - A form of magic
Animal Magnetism - Science or Superstition?
Criticism of Religion or of Religious Doctrines
Exorcism - the Most Outrageous Miracle Claim of them All
Miraculous Images and Pictures
Answer to Mormon Evidences for the Truth of the Mormon Faith
Archaeology v. Book Mormon
Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
In Defence of Religion
You do not have a Guardian Angel!