When I explained Deism to one of my friends his response was simply, “so you don’t believe in anything miraculous right”? My response took him a bit back when I said, “of course I do I see miracles ever day”. His next question was, “but you don’t believe in things like raising the dead, walking on water or say feeding a multitude with 5 loaves and 2 fish right”? I looked at him with a smirk and said, “Well I have to say that both yes and no is the only honest answer to that question I can give you”. Now he was really dangling so I decided to let him off the hook.
I continued, “when you ask that question I know how you mean it and my answer to it that way is no. No I don’t believe Jesus walked on water, called Lazarus from his tomb or that he took some kid’s lunch and fed a huge crowd. However, I do believe in a way, all three things are possible and even when they can be explained they are still in my view or the view of any honest person a miracle of creation”. A long and enjoyable conversation occurred after this. I will just continue with the essence of what I explained to my friend and leave out his countless attempts to “save me from the eternal damnation of hell”.
So let’s start with raising the dead, this already occurs in modern medicine. It has been done by the common man with CPR, heart surgeons do it all the time and many people have had near death experiences during times of clinical death. In these and many other examples by understanding how the body works those who were dead by all ways such things can be measured were called back to life. To me that is a miracle and not just one of science. The fact that the human body can literally die and be brought back life is amazing beyond words. Just because a process can be explained doesn’t mean it isn’t a miracle. When I see a sunset I know very well how the light is refracted to create it, yet each one is different and each beautiful. In both examples the process itself is the miracle.
What about walking on water? Well we can’t do it yet but the laws of physics say it is certainly possible as would be walking through a wall. Some day we will figure out how to do both, the miracle isn’t so much in how it is done; it is that it can be done. Cutting edge physics is now telling us that our universe is one of energy and universal fields that link everything as one. The only limits we have are those which we have not yet cast aside and that is a miracle beyond words for me. No accidental assemblage of random matter could yield a system so perfect with so many possibilities. Yet even in the limited material world we see miracles every day, even some that are considered completely mundane.
Let’s consider my friends final example in the story of the feeding of the multitude with 5 loaves and 2 fish. The biblical account of course is that Jesus as the son of God used his god like power to turn these seven items into enough food to feed a huge crowd and even then there was much left over. Now if I were to allow myself to believe in this type of religion, pardon me but I don’t see this as a miracle. Of course an omnipotent God could multiply things, what is the miracle in that? It is like saying if you take a shower you will get wet. But what if I told you that man has and continues to feed multitudes with loaves and fishes in a way that is truly a miracle? Oh ye of little faith, watch how it works!
To make a loaf of bread I need about 2 cups of ground wheat, well that wheat starts out as wheat berries. If instead of grinding them I plant them I get more wheat, give me enough wheat to make 5 loaves of bread and I will give you a field of wheat. Give me another year and I will give you 40 fields of wheat. Now we can have plenty of bread and still have a literal ton of seed to plant the fields again. Give me two fish, a male and a female and a pond, give me a few seasons and I will give you tens of thousands of fish, many to eat and many as fry to populate new ponds. Planting wheat and growing fish in ponds is about as old as civilization and to me it is a true miracle of creation.
Consider that with my way anyone with some knowledge and resources can “feed multitudes”, is that not miraculous to you? Each tiny hard wheat berry contains a life waiting to happen. I can even store this wheat for a decade and when planted most of it will still germinate. Again an accidental assemblage of atoms doesn’t create such an elegant system. The problem with most religions is they have convinced us that which would be mundane even if true is miraculous. Again if an omnipotent God wants to make something happen doing so isn’t a miracle, seriously think deeply about that.