Monday, January 30, 2006

Miracles and Superstitions

IMHO, many people tend to misunderstand my point due to their predisposition to conservatism and the traditional way of thinking.

It is certainly not my prerogative to invalidate or debunk true miracles. After all, who am I to deny the divine prerogative of the Master of the Universe?

Miracles do happen. However, it is important to differentiate between a miracle and a bizarre occurence.

A miracle happens when something occurs without any plausible explanation, or cause. For instance, when a shadow is observed without being cast by any source of light, then it can be called a miracle, since it is categorically an effect without a cause. The laws of physics cannot dictate that God must create light before there can be any shadow, since physics is but a manifestation of His infinite power. Physics is totally at His disposal, therefore He is certainly not bound by it.

On the other hand, there are phenomena that are considered bizarre, like hallucinations and tornados for instance. All scientists admit that they understand very little about these phenomena, but that does not in any way mean that they are devoid of any plausible scientific cause. Rather, it may simply mean that the answers have eluded scientists thus far due to the sheer difficulty of putting them "under the microscope" or lack of funding. Rest assured that these are phenomena that God has created in order for us to study and ponder about His infinite wisdom and power, and subsequently strengthen our faith in Him.

The bottom line is that we may see and hear things that are not there, but that does not necessarily mean that they are paranormal and should be attributed to ghosts and evil spirits. Ironically, we keep saying how superstitious Chinese and Indians are, without realizing that we
Malays are actually no better than them. There is no place for superstitions in Islam, and we all should know better.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Miracles Debunked - Follow Up

Just to clarify a couple of things in the article that I wrote:

1. By "evolution", I am not referring to the aspects of the theory of evolution that have to do with natural selection and random mutation. Rather, I am referring to the macro-evolutionary transformation and variation of non-human species. After all, this universe is far too complex for it to be attributed to some "random number generator" or "fully-autonomous nature" of some sort. Even Einstein used to say once that "God does not play dice with the universe", and Isaac Newton was once quoted as saying that "God periodically intervened to keep the universe going on track".

2. I do not deny the possibility of miracles occuring. After all, if God could create this extremely complex universe, it would be extremely trivial for Him to create miracles out of nothing. Rather, all I am saying is that we should stop labelling everything unfathomable as a miracle. Instead of merely being awestruck by a strange phenomenon, why not try to study it, ask questions and discuss it scientifically. The moment we stop thinking and asking questions is the moment we all become useless.