How do we draw a line between miracle and magic?
How do we know when to draw a line between miracle and magic?
I asked this question in hub page forum and people gave different answers some people denied the existence of miracles or magic. That is they do not believe in any thing supernatural while we know that miracle and magic are supernatural occurrence so it is not what can be explained using the physical explanation. Some people claim that it is within the laws of physics to explain those things its just that we do not know it while others said magic is a trick.
Magic as used here is not the usual tricks that people perform. There are great magicians that have lived and some are still walking the earth now.
Some Christians claim that the days of miracles are over while others still believe in miracles. However, both groups at least agree that miracles once happened as recorded in the bible. Other religious groups also believe in miracles.
Religion is a mystery because it is a belief in a supernatural being so it is that magic is a mystery that employs supernatural forces and laws. Consequently, miracle and magic are both a supernatural phenomenon. So how do we draw a line between the two? Some magicians do not need a magic stick or other items to perform their magic so we can not say that we know them by the items they used for even men in bible used staffs, sticks and other items to perform miracles.
A contribution in the forum defined magic and miracle to both mean similar things. Therefore, it means that it is us that choose to call it magic or miracle depending on who we believe performed the work and the source of the power. This is because some people belief that only the power from their God can be used for a miracle while any other power from another God that perform similar they call it magic. This is simply because they do not thing the source of the power is real. That was why some great men that lived on earth and that performed some supernatural arts were called magicians and not miracle workers. Even Jesus witnessed similar thing because some of the Jews doubted the source of this power.
Therefore, those that believe in spiritual matters and have witnessed one can decide what to call it. They can call it miracle or they call it magic depending on what they belief. So it is they that put the line.