You have to see it for yourself.
A question to the reader: Can you accept the existence of a miracle without having seen it yourself?
I had a talk with a friend after Christian fellowship yesterday, and he's always gets word of some of the most amazing stories. I'm not going to reiterate them here, as most of you will think that I'm BSing. For myself, while I don't necessarily doubt the authenticity of the story, it just seems so incredulous that I can't find myself relating to it. It seems like a lot of people complain that if God wants them to believe in Him, all he needs to do is create a fantastic miracle. And I'm sure these miracles exist... we simply aren't impressed by them because we don't experience it ourselves.
For a moment, I thought I could give the excuse that since these miracles are so outstanding, why wouldn't they make headline news? The problem being that in doing so, the news service appears biased in favour of a religion, and their credibility would diminish. Even if something as big as CNN reported something as odd as a dead man coming back to life, we already have walls of doubt set up to counter this illogical occurence - a hoax, a doctor's report that while this is extremely rare it can still occur, an explanation that modern science cannot currently supply but will in the future, etc.
Another problem arising is that while I believe that genuine miracles exist, there is indeed a whole **** load of hoaxes out there (i.e., Peter Popov), and it simply gets tiring sifting out which ones are real and which ones aren't. And as I said before, they can make cool stories, but they mean nothing to your personally.
With the amount of obstacles obstructing the miraculous wonder of miracles in our society, it doesn't seem like any wonder that we here some of the most amazing miracles happening (seemingly exclusive) in the third world countries. Since those nations have a tendency of favouring mysticism and the supernatural over science, the walls of skepticism that we have built don't exist for them, and therefore, miracles occuring there are more easily digestible.
I can say that for myself, miracles don't mean very much to me, having never felt anything amazing. I'd say that after my mom's death, my attitude on miracles is that "Miracles exist, but they just aren't going to happen for me." Even if I did personally experience a miracle today, chances are that I'd be able to come up with some sort of secular explanation (the lack of anything special in my life is probably Satan's best weapon).
Any thoughts on miracles?
One thing I wanted to add... can anyone list any non-Judeo-Christians miracles that have occurred in other religions? (links would be appreciated) I often hear about Christian miracles and would like to see what supernatural occurrences happen in other religions. Unfortunately, since most weblinks on search engines are western-minded, they are much harder to find.
I have no mouth, and I must scream.
(still stuck with 'Awaiting Authorization')