A xangan asked the above question and this was my response, I thought it blog-worthy:
A miracle is just something we don’t understand. Stage magicians produce them all the time. So does nature.
When we didn’t understand thunder, it was a miracle. Now it’s a wave of compressed air produced by a high speed electrical discharge.
If you mean do I think god (or any other force) suspends the properties of the universe to benefit human beings, I’ve never seen this happen. No one who ever falls from a building ever gently floats to the ground – properties like gravity are by definition constant. The bible says that god makes it rain on the sinful and the virtuous alike – he also pulls them toward concrete with equal speed and acceleration.
The only things we call miracles are those where we have no real understanding of what happened, like someone mysteriously getting better from an illness. But it is apparent that we are believing only what is comforting in these instances because if we applied that reasoning equally, any healthy person mysteriously getting ill would be a “miracle” too. But it doesn’t feel nice to think that god is a jerk who goes around making people miserable, so we don’t entertain that notion. But it’s comforting to think that god is kind and benevolent and goes out of his way to help people (and might help us too), so we believe that. And in a world where 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer, it makes sense why this view would remain popular.
But I value truth and objectivity above personal comfort, so I have to say that no, I do not believe that miracles in that sense occur. They might, but I’ve never seen one, or heard a verified example that qualified as more than a mystery.
(Edit: Btw if the blog seems unusually intelligent or high-minded, I just read a bunch of quotes from the founding fathers on religion and government in composing a comment on another blog refuting the claim that the founders didn’t believe in separation of church and state, so I think their smarts and style of speaking kind of rubbed off on me – reading or listening to brilliant people makes me smarter for awhile, lol.)