Are the stories of miracles a way to instill hope in human about the intervention of a higher power who can 'save'? Or are these simple incidents that science is yet to explore? What is a miracle? More importantly, how is miracle entangled with the aspect of religion?
The simplest answer is it's when impossible happens. Throughout history, in every religion, miracle played the role of establishing the faith of mankind on a higher power. Also, they are a source of hope for many. Let's see how the religions across the world perceive miracle.
Here we have five major religions of the world and the stories that show how they perceive the concept of miracles. There is a significant difference between the Abrahamic religions and the ones that originated in India.
Miracle has always been a crucial part of Christianity. There are many miracles performed by Jesus which bores the evidence of his powers. From turning water to wine to bringing back the dead to life, there are more than 30 miracles performed by Jesus in the New Testament. Here is the popular story from the varied list in Christianity.
Surely some of us would like this miracle for ourselves. Jokes apart, this is one of the most famous stories. It's said that with this incident, Jesus actually revealed his powers to the followers. When the wine was short at a wedding in Cana, he turned water to meet the need.
According to the Hebrew Bible, a miracle is such a part of a religion that comes with the aspect of faith in God. It is believed that Moses spoke to God and performed the miracles as instructed. Though the modern believers are much lenient at giving in to the concept of miracles, there are many mentions which bring the question, did it ever happen?
This is the most famous story of miracle on which an entire festival is celebrated each year. As the story goes, ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes outlawed Jewish religion when he came to power to rule Israel. The Jewish priest Mattathias and his five sons led a rebellion as a protest against this atrocity. Finally, when they own, they wanted to clean their religious place, Second Temple. However, there was only enough pure olive oil for one day. The miracle happened when it actually lasted for eight days giving time to the people to find new stock. Each year this miracle is celebrated.
In Judaism and Christianity, God intervenes in the human world at times in the form of miracle. The belief is different when it comes to Islam. According to the religion, any event is a result of the intervention of Allah. Thus, it is much easier for the followers of Islam to believe in the existence of miracles.
Non-believers asked Prophet Muhammad to show his miracles in the sky to prove he is not just a magician. It was believed that the magic could never be done in the sky. However, he defended his status as a Prophet by splitting the moon in two. It is considered as such a miracle which boosted the faith of Islam in many.
In Buddhism, it is not a deity who is capable of performing miracles. The followers believe that a human mind trained properly can unleash those powers which are not apparent. There are training and ways through which one tries to reach that level. Thus, like other religions, they also have stories of miracles.
In Buddhism, Buddha is the one who attended such a state where he was able to perform different miracles. However, he despised performing them and also discouraged those followers who gained those powers. One of the very famous stories is about a woman whose baby was dying. She begged Buddha to save the kid. He asked the woman to get grain from such a house where there is no death. Ultimately, after much search, she realized that death affects everyone. In contrast to other religions, Buddha preaches that miracle is not performed by external power but comes from within.
Miracles capture a huge part of Hindu religion. Not only gods and goddesses but there are many human mystics mentioned who have performed numerous miracles.
From the holy books to other important religious scriptures, the mention of miracles can be seen everywhere. Not only gods but in Hinduism, many saints were known for performing amazing miracles.
Can there be an intervention of superior power in your life? Is it possible that your trained mind can gain powers which are beyond your wildest imagination? Are miracles the small things that happen in everyday life? What do you believe?