The Problem with the Word “Miracle”

I don’t believe in miracles. Or at least I don’t believe we had any miracles for about 1400 years now. I’d even go so far as to say the idea of a miracle is one of the main reasons that pushed people away from Christianity, especially around the Renaissance era. A miracle is a surprising event inexplicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency. Basically, anything without a measurable explanation behind it is a miracle.

This idea worked until science had a more prominent role in our lives. Everything was a miracle before that, because we had no idea how things worked. Our eyes were miracles because we didn’t understand the specifics of why or how they dilated. Our bodies were bodies, only after 1665 when the first cell was discovered. But now, everything has a logical reason behind it, so there isn’t much room for miracles.

The word miracle doesn’t imply an action. It completely removes the “miracle” from God and the person. You understand the idea God made a miracle, but the idea the miracle is sent for one person is indirect and vague. It makes us not appreciate the “miracles” in our lives.

A word that better connects us to God instead of “miracle” is loan. Loan directly implies a lender, a loan, and a receiver, and thus illustrates our connection with God. Everything we have is a loan, and we’re blessed to have all of these loans. But like our worldly loan, these loans also have a cost. We must take care of them by doing good and worshiping Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

So whatever word you prefer, know God can never be removed from the equation because He is the Creator of these miracles/sciences/loans.


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