The Skeptical Teacher

Musings of a science teacher & skeptic in an age of woo.

“Miracle Baby” and God’s Powers

Posted by mattusmaximus on April 14, 2012

So over the last few days there has been a lot of hubbub on the Internet about a supposed “miracle baby” in Argentina who was thought to be stillborn and left for dead in a morgue.  The thing is that the kid wasn’t actually dead, and she somehow survived there for over 12 hours before being discovered.  And people are calling her a “miracle baby” that somehow proves the existence and goodness of God, blah blah blah…

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great the kid survived (though recent reports show that she may be dying).  But it just bugs the crap out of me when people point to events like this as some kind of “proof” of God’s omnipotence and goodness.  The problem with this kind of thinking is that it blatantly ignores the big and classical problem of evil and suffering in the world.  Why would a “good” God allow such a thing to happen to this little baby in the first place?

Or, to put a little more punch to my point and as a way of balancing out this topic with a harsh dose of reality, allow me to share the following picture which is worth more than a thousand words…

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And another thing this whole story got me thinking about: it seems to me that the standards people have for so-called “miracles” have been dropping.  I’ve heard people declare that “it was a miracle their headache went away”; are you kidding me?  I’m an atheist and all I have to do to get over a headache is… wait.  Maybe your claim to a “miracle” might be a bit more impressive if you had your arm hacked off in an industrial accident and it magically regrew after you prayed.  To put this whole criticism of miracles into perspective, allow me to share this humorous graphic :)

Thanks to Irreligion.org

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5 Responses to ““Miracle Baby” and God’s Powers”

  1. Hey here’s a good idea for that picture you posted why don’t you thank God for what he has blessed you with and share that blessing with others instead of complaining about Gods work when you should be worrying about doing your job and that’s helping the needy. Or another thing if it bothers you so much switch places with one of those children If Jesus was here that’s what he would do. If not than shut up sit down and don’t say nothing about what God does bcuz he know more than all of us but there always some that one who thinks like this but probably wouldn’t switch positions. Smh

    • mattusmaximus said

      It’s kind of hard to thank God when I don’t believe in God. Why don’t you thank leprechauns for your good fortune?

      • No that’s OK I’ll stick to thank God who is real. If I waisted time thanking leprechauns I might as well thank you both are just as fake. Have a good life & “Good Luck” with your leprechaun.

  2. One last thing your a teacher where is your wisdom at? A headache is the last thing your going to be worried about. I pray God opens your eyes before all you hear is put another log in the fire with a pitch fork poking at ur bird brain.

  3. Ron said

    I find it annoying when people blame God (or His ignorance) for the problems that man has created (or allowed).

    Bad things happen to all people in different shapes, capacities, and locations. Get over it, move forward, be the catalyst.

    God’s hand does not just move because we want it… It moves through His people (workers, followers, and believes), which is commanded upon us in the Good book.

    If the world is hungry, it’s because man did not manage it’s resources well, supplied enough where needed or left their couch in order to feed the need.

    Blaming God and others is not the solution to the problem.

    #bebetternotbitter

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