That may be true being we are on the BioLogos forum, but that wasn’t part of the original post.
That is why I shared my explanation.
I would like to ask everyone if I come off this way? Or is it just how @gbrooks9 perceives me? I feel frequently that he feels I am attacking him or his beliefs and I do not know how to word something as to show it is my personal opinion (not fact as spoken by a great authority, of which I am not), and I even just textual brainstorming in my journey to learn more about God.
This would probably be a better discussion in the “pre-term baby” thread. As you compare 1 sperm making it out of the hundreds of million, to a specific hand dealt to a party from a deck of cards. In that statistical chances of that same hand being dealt is highly improbable, but in being dealt was nothing notable.
Do I think God has a hand in every birth? If God does assign souls, to zygotes or embryos in week 5 (some arbitrary number) maybe not. If the soul is a genetic ‘reaction’ that occurs from a zygote, then perhaps not. But if God made sure that specific sperm met that egg, then perhaps the chances of that exact sperm meeting that egg is a highly improbable miracle. But if God is in control, than anything highly improbable would be extremely likely, if one has the power to influence and make certain things occur. You can start another thread for that if you like.
Though I guess that is the odds of you being born, not just a baby “In a recent talk at TEDx San Francisco, Mel Robbins, mentioned that scientists estimate the probability of your being born at about one in 400 trillion.”
I don’t think people are referring to a human in the early stage of life (which isn’t very improbable at all, it is very likely, something like 4 born every second. I think they are referring to the individual when they say a baby is a miracle. That is why many are against abortion, they aren’t looking at it like a small human, 3 more were made that second. They are thinking about it as a person, a 1:400 trillion odds person.
I don’t know, one highly improbable thing I can think of. I was in Kuwait (waiting a few days for transit), on the way to Iraq as a 20 year old, new to the unit, didn’t know anyone in it), fresh in the military, trying to be strong, but scared out of my mind of the unknown I’m about to experience. There was massive tents of like 100-200 beds in each tent, and probably like 20 tents or more? There was no assignments, we just walked into the first tent we saw, and picked the first bunk we wanted. I picked one, sat laid my head down to rest (after some 40 hours of travels). I looked up and a lock was placed on the springs of the bunk above me. I had nothing else to do, I thought I might see if I could figure out this combination of only 3 loops of 9. Sure a 1:1000 chance of getting it right on the first try (which I did, as it was a number that associated with something important), but that isn’t that statistically improbable. You add that bunk, in that tent, or even taking those travel means (different ways to get there), or if it was a different day, it could have been taken and I wouldn’t have laid there. So I am no statistician, but I think the probability starts to increase quite high.
That was a miracle to me that I heard God saying, “I am with you, you are not alone, even way out here away from everyone you knew”.
Or meeting a person online who I became friends with on a car enthusiast forum. Traveling the US for business, decided to meet up with him person and grab some food. He had a girlfriend staying with him, who had a daughter, who happened to be there, whom I happened to meet. God told me “you just met your wife”. Who 1 year later, became my wife. It wasn’t an audio I heard from God, it was just an indescribable certainty placed in my heart/head.
Sure none of that is scientific proof. I am not even sure I would classify that as a miracle, rather, God’s work in my life.
So no, I would not agree that a fortunate, improbable, unexplained occurrence could be defined as a miracle, and it has the ‘trappings’ of religious faith, as my personal fortunate, improbable, unexplained occurrence had great evidence of religious faith.
If you want to call that a miracle, I don’t mind. No one owns the definition of that word. I personally think it is God’s work revealed in a tangible form. I base that definition off of mostly the miracles performed by Jesus. I think Jesus was 100% human, and can’t violate laws of physics. But like Paul or Elijah, were able to be used by God to perform a miracle.
Does the Bible even use the word miracle? I know it uses “sign/s”. As in sign from God, which makes a pretty clear definition.
I will use a silly analogy. How do you know milk is bad? I asked that question to find out if my milk was bad as it was a few days past it’s expiration date. It didn’t smell great, but though I enjoy the taste (with things) I never thought it smelled good. But I am told when it goes bad, you will know! Sometimes I freeze things to keep longer, and then thaw, so the expiration date is never right, so I have a hard time knowing if it is bad. You can go a month past the expiration date if you froze and thawed the milk, I can confirm that. I don’t know how much longer I am willing to try though.
I guess when God does intervene, you will know. I assume you don’t believe Moses parted the red sea. But if he did and you saw it, that would be a time that, you would know.