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October 15, 2010

So Many Claim the Age of Miracles Has Long Past

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I personally believe the train of thought that says the age of miracles ended quite some time ago is not only premature, but dead wrong. The smaller miracles happen every second of every minute of every day while major miracles occur on an as needed basis. The problem is not with the L-rd our G-d; the problem lies with us. We have become so self-important, so self-assured, so presumptuous and cynical. We believe that just because we have scientific explanations for so much of the Universe, though much of this knowledge is still theoretical, that by understanding the mechanics we have removed the awe, the splendor, even our own wonderment. We have come to claim that miracles are only real if their causation is completely beyond even our most wild and extravagant theories. Simply put, if we can even come close to explaining and understanding an event, then it cannot be considered a miracle.

There are so many fallacies and wrong-headed assumptions in our reasoning that it boggles the mind of the few who still see the miracles all around us. Our L-rd and Creator produced everything that is our Universe, thus also ourselves, from a small piece of some unknown that is still creating new stars, galaxies, planets, and possibly life to this very day, some twelve to fourteen billion years later. If that alone is not a miracle, then nothing ever was. We thought we had a handle on a definition for what made up a life form and the conditions necessary for life to form and develop. Then, while studying the deep ocean ridges we found something we call black smokers, for lack of a more technical definition, and to our amazement, we found life forms thriving and reproducing in a place totally devoid of sunlight, lacking oxygen, independent of any form of photosynthesis, and breaking virtually every law we had formulated to define life. We have found life in the most extreme and toxic of the pools in Yellowstone National Park. Life can even survive inside the reactor chamber of a nuclear power plant. But people will watch shows depicting some of the most bizarre situations where life not only exists against all reason, but actually thrive and develop entire ecosystems. Where all life is, by definition, a miracle, these bizarre extreme life forms that go against all of our older understanding and definitions of life are unquestionably miracles.

Astrophysicists have been making models and definitions to define, explain, and accurately predict the movements and formations of all the celestial bodies; stars, galaxies, planets, dwarf-planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and even gaseous clouds and space dust, since around 1514 by Nicolaus Copernicus to the present, and we are still working on a final theory that includes everything. In order to make our latest stab at a complete and exhaustive explanation of how everything formed and why it currently moves and accelerates even today, we have invented two wonderful items that bare a remarkable resemblance of being fudge factors (little manipulations or inventions without established proof of conditions or mathematical functions that make the model fit reality giving the correct answer), called Dark Matter and its complimentary Dark Energy. As a mathematician, I know of the great advantage and warm fuzzies that being allowed to invent a term to be included in your calculations that purely by design (bet you expected me to say “by chance”) make your formulae and calculations all of a sudden fall into place and work flawlessly. Oh, the advantages of doing theoretical work rather than applied.

Our problem in seeing miracles has nothing to do with any lack of miracles, there are as many today, if not more, as there were in antiquity. The difference is today we are too jaded and cynical to accept or admit to the existence of miracles. As G-d has been relegated to simply a quaint notion that we can trot out if and when convenient and explains something we do not quite understand, or wish to place blame away from ourselves, then miracles cease to happen as without G-d there can be no miracles. Our society has hardened us, dulling our perceptions making us blind to much of the wonders that exist and occur all around us all the time. Life itself is one of the greatest miracles. I know, you are going to tell me all about Darwin and his most orderly and perfect theory and the primordial soup and proteins joining to finally make DNA and forming the first cells, and the rest, as they say, is history (or in this case, prehistory). Time to cut to the chase. The L-rd our G-d created all that is our Universe, and every or any other Universes out there in whatever dimensional space they reside. When making the Universe, the L-rd also made all the rules that we call today the sciences.

G-d made atoms that were capable of binding in the formation of molecules. He made the molecules so they could either bond with other atoms or molecules or simply make strings of repetitions as in complex sugars. Out of the initial singular universal force, the L-rd caused them to split into the four basic forces: gravity, strong nuclear, weak interaction, and electro-magnetic. He caused mass to bend the Time-Space Continuum thus allowing objects to orbit each other in an orderly and predictable manner. Take any course in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Astronomy, all forms of Engineering, and particularly Mathematics and you will be taught some of the hard and fast rules we have discovered for the Universe (or at least our section of the Universe). Here is the rub, most people will claim that for some act or event to be considered a miracle, it must break with these rules otherwise it is simply an act of nature. This belief that any G-d driven act, a miracle, must require something that breaks at least some if not most of the rules of the Universe. A good example was G-d aiding Joshua in defeating the Amorites by holding the Sun in the sky throughout the night so the fight could continue to its inevitable ending. Here are the pertinent verses from the Book of Joshua,
12) Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
13) And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
14) And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

My feelings on whether or not a miracle must supercede the natural laws of the Universe is that it is actually the opposite, the miracle shall usually apply a combination of the rules of the Universe to obtain the desired result from the L-rd. The reasoning behind the L-rd, whenever possible, following the very laws governing the Universe that He imposed, rather than simply applying His omnipotent power is an example of the importance of following the laws and keeping everything in balance in so doing. The L-rd our G-d, as King of the Universe, teaches mankind the important lesson that no one, not even a king or even the King of the Universe, can be exempted or placed above the laws G-d defined in making everything. I do not even pretend to know for certain whether it elevates the difficulty in making miracles by the L-rd Self-limiting Himself to keeping all actions within the laws of the Universe, rather than simply applying His supreme powers to attain the same end. Thus, by limiting options so as to teach mankind that all must abide by laws, the L-rd has made recognizing miracles that much more difficult, especially for stiff-necked, arrogant humans chasing self-aggrandizement in every observed action rather than giving thanks and praise to the L-rd G-d.

In conclusion, I would like to take the opportunity to admit that I have lived a blessed life where the hand of G-d has been so evident as to be undeniable. Let me tell you, accepting that miracles can and are being worked in your favor, will remove large amounts of anxiety in one’s life. In some ways, it is quite humbling, but in others it does glorify what others pretend is dumb coincidental luck of the draw. Perhaps our World would be a far better place if the people looked for the hand of G-d rather than the hand of Government when in need. We should remember that Government must first take from many to give to the few whereas G-d can give purely through His will to help those whose prayers are sincere, honest, and mostly selfless.

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