Great question, and a fascinating topic! There's certainly no shortage
of miracle accounts to be found. I've done my best to represent a
variety of religious traditions, steering clear of those sites which
have an obvious agenda to prove or disprove "miraculous" occurrences.
Here's the scoop on some of the miracles and works attributed to
various religious figures, both modern and historical:
- A number of miracles are attributed to Jesus, including resurrection
(first witnessed by Mary Magdalene), the changing of water to wine at
the Cana marriage feast and the multiplication of bread and fish to
feed a crowd of several thousand. The disciples claimed to witness
Jesus walking on water following a violent storm of his own creation.
- Allah is alleged to have performed several miracles, including
splitting the moon to prove his divinity and interestingly, like
Jesus, multiplying food. Allah also provided lights to lead wayward
travellers, much like Jesus provided pillars of fire to guide Moses
and his Exodus followers by night.
- The followers of Sai Baba, a modern-day Indian spiritual teacher who
adheres to no specific religion, claim he has infallible knowledge of
past and future, bilocates (appears in two places at once), make
objects from nothing, and cures the incurable.
- In 1998, an illiterate Bengali woman alleged that Mother Theresa
posthumously cured her of an abdominal tumor. Nuns placed a medallion
which had belonged to Theresa on the woman's abdomen; her tumor
purportedly disappeared within three days. Some cited this as grounds
for canonization of Mother Theresa, but the Catholic church wasn't
satisfied with the evidence.
- In 1951, an Aztec Indian allegedly saw the Virgin Mary near Mexico
City. She put her image on his cloak, which is now on display in the
great shrine of Guadalupe. Many point to the fact that the cloak's
fibre hasn't disintegrated as proof of its divine aspect.
- Fatima, a Catholic saint, is alleged to have appeared on numerous
occasions to small children. She is said to be responsible for the
"great miracle of the sun" of Oct 13, 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. Legend
has it that a crowd of thousands, who had been drenched by a heavy
rain, found their clothing instantaneously dried by the appearance of
a blazing, dancing sun.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556), founder of the Jesuits, is
credited with healing the sick in Brazil.
- Buddha was a pragmatist with little use for miracles - on meeting an
ascetic who had spent 25 years developing the ability to walk on
water, Buddha pointed out that he could cross the river on a ferry for
- I particularly enjoyed the accounts of Maitreya the World Teacher,
who's every god rolled into one. According to the Share International
site (http://www.share-international.org/maitreya/Ma_main.htm), "Jews
await him as the Messiah; Hindus look for the coming of Krishna;
Buddhists expect him as Maitreya Buddha; and Muslims anticipate the
Imam Mahdi or Messiah." Maitreya gets the credit for the Hindu Milk
magnetizing water, predicting stock market crashes, and making crosses
of light appear at random all over the world. Maitreya supposedly
first appeared at an outdoor prayer meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in
1988, then vaporized on his way to the bus station.
You may enjoy the following links:
Skeptiseum: Miracles and Religion
Some of the miracles of Muhammad
The Age of Miracles
The Little Page of Miracles
The Miracles Page
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If I can be of further assistance, please let me know. All the best!