“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know

Acts 2:22(NASB)


What is a Miracle?

The biblical view of miracle is summarised by Rene Latourelle (Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Gregorian) as, “a religious wonder that expresses, in the cosmic order, a special and utterly free intervention of the God of power and love, who thereby gives human beings a sign of the uninterrupted presence of his work of salvation in the world”. Miracles are messianic signs of God’s love.

Characteristics of miracles

1 Extraordinary event

Although there are different interpretations of the word miracle, it is generally accepted that it involves “an event of an extraordinary kind.”

2 An event brought about by a god

Laws are generally commands or edicts issued by a regent or ruling authority which may be disobeyed by people. Using the term ‘laws of nature’ is a metaphoric use of law, but it does indicate that things have a nature which determines what they do and how they operate on a regular basis, in normal circumstances.These laws suggest what normally occur not what must occur.Quantum mechanics indicate such laws are statistical in nature.

3 Miracles have ‘religious significance’

An extraordinary event may be best explained as an event, brought about by God, which has religious significance and could be interpreted as a polyvalent sign of God’s agape



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