Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10, Text 12
By Chaitanya Charan Das
Some religions call for faith based on the miracles that happened at their inception, say, the resurrection of their founder from the dead. Atheists contest the historicity of such miracles, pointing, say, to contradictory accounts in various source texts.
Irrespective of the verdict in the historicity debate, the reliance of faith on miracles can be unhealthy.
Though miracles may inspire faith, such miracle-based faith is often unsustainable and un-transformational.
It is unsustainable because it makes believers expect and depend on similar future miracles for the sustenance of their faith.
It is un-transformational because it shifts the focus of believers away from the practical things they need to do to reform themselves to the miraculous things they expect God to do for their redemption.