The Concept of ACIM
According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, ACIM is an act or event that does not follow the laws of nature and is believed to be caused by God. From the foregoing, it could be seen that the definition is in line with the religious sect’s conception of miracles because it is seen as that which hinges on a supreme being (God) i.e a happening that breaks or violate the laws of nature and is brought about by God. But in a philosophical discourse, it could be asked that is God the ultimate or necessary cause of miracles?
To a layman, it could be seen as a lucky thing that happen that you did not expect or think was possible it has to do with that which goes beyond human imagination, that which ordinarily is not conceivable or imaginable.
St Thomas Acquinas in his own conception says “those things are properly called miracle which are done by divine agency beyond the order commonly observed in nature (praeter ordinem commuter observatum in rebus) Acquires also re-appraises the definition as given above that which would be regarded as miracle is that which must have a divine intervention and goes beyond natural happening. It could be said that for Acquinas, miracle is that which brought about by the supreme being, God.
A miracle, philosophically speaking, is never a mere coincidence no matter how extraordinary or significant. For example: if you miss a plane and the plane crashes, that is not a miracle unless God divinely caused the event – an event ordinarily different from what would have occurred in the normal natural course of events. It is a divine overriding of, or interference with, the natural order. As such, it need not be extra ordinary marvelous or significant and it must be something other than a coincidence, no matter how remarkable.