How Miracles Work - from the Atheist Revolution

Believers sometimes struggle to explain exactly how miracles work to we atheists. This is understandable. Explaining something that doesn't exist can be tough. Fortunately, I found two Christians who were at least willing to try amidst a sad story from Florida. Maybe we can learn something about miracles together.

The driver of a tractor-trailer, talking on his cell phone while driving like virtually every bad driver I see on the road these days (can you tell this is a pet peeve?), collided with a school bus. One child died, but passers-by were able to rescue others before they burned to death.

According to Jim Yancey, Marion County Superintendent of Schools, this was both a tragedy and a miracle. Evidently, this is how miracles work. An innocent child dies and others survive. Really? What do you think the parents of the dead 13-year-old girl thought when they read your quote in the local paper, Superintendent?

But Yancey was not to be alone in his superstitions. One of the rescuers, James Horton, a father himself, had this to say:

The Lord put us all there for that reason — to save those children.

As The Stubborn Curmudgeon pointed out,

But not to save the sweet, innocent, 13-year-old little girl who died. God must have put her near the flames for a reason just like he made the truck driver use his cell phone at the perfect moment.

I cannot help wondering if this father of three believes that his god deliberately killed this innocent child for some mysterious reason. If so, would this make a psychopath or just another misguided Christian. Believers seem oblivious to how this sort of thought process leads to victim blaming and massive guilt for the family of the deceased.

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on October 8, 2008 at 1:27pm
Great post. Always amazing how people can say that other people nearby a wreck or accident that pull people out of a fire or what ever call it a "miracle" They just happen to to be in the right place at the right time. Complete coincidence.

The problem here is that people dont give other people enough credit on saving other people. People assume that, that person that saved some people had some sort of supernatural force over them and thats how he or she saved some people. It's called adrenalin. A well scientifically proven fact.
Comment by Tori on October 8, 2008 at 1:34pm
I could not agree more Morgan. Adrenalin can let the human body do things that's usually not possible. I know I have ironically saved someone in a car crash myself. Im not going to go into detail about it but I just reacted like it was one of my family members.
Comment by Don Fox on October 8, 2008 at 2:30pm
I think they need the reassurance of miracles so that they don't have to deal with reality, that people die, a lot of time in horrible and painful ways, that's just the way it is. Life, nature, whatever you want to call it, does not play favorites.
Comment by Tori on October 8, 2008 at 6:56pm
"Life, nature, whatever you want to call it, does not play favorites." My new Favorite quote! :)
Comment by Kate on October 19, 2008 at 2:47am
miracles work trust me I know. I get them about once a month.

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