Episode #10

Topics: Miracles, Vatican Miracle Roadshow, Pastor Chris, James Randi, The Science of Miracles

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Recorded 21/04/2011    


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The Raising of Lazarus, (c. 1410) from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, Musée Condé, France.


A miracle is an event attributed to divine intervention. Sometimes an event is also attributed (in part) to a miracle worker, saint, or religious leader. A miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature. Others suggest that God may work with the laws of nature to perform what people perceive as miracles.[1]
Theologians[who?] say that, with divine providence, God regularly works through created nature yet is free to work without, above, or against it as well.[2]

A miracle is often considered a fortuitous event: compare with an Act of God.

In casual usage, “miracle” is seen as any event that is the result of an action by God and may also refer to any statistically unlikely but beneficial event, (such as surviving a natural disaster), or simply a “wonderful” occurrence, regardless of likelihood, such as a birth. Other miracles might be: survival of a terminal illness, escaping a life threatening situation or ‘beating the odds.’ Some coincidences may be perceived to be miracles.[3]


Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle>


Jesus Bum


St. Joseph News

Miracles exhibit draws Palm Sunday faithful

Students, families view displays

Ray Scherer/St. Joseph News-Press


‘Eucharistic Miracles of the World,’ a photo exhibit that depicts 126 miracles of the Roman Catholic faith, was presented this weekend at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. A total of 140 panels related stories involving the Eucharist — a term used to describe Holy Communion for Catholics and several other faiths.

ATCHISON, Kan. — John Ernst and Madgelyn Gordon pored over a series of panels Sunday that detail Eucharistic miracles revered by Roman Catholics worldwide.

Mr. Ernst and Ms. Gordon were among the many weekend visitors to a “Eucharistic Miracles of the World” international photo exhibition at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. The traveling walk-through exhibit — which opened on campus Saturday and concluded Palm Sunday — was free and sponsored by the Vatican.

The panels first came to the United States in 2007, after they were authenticated by and then displayed at the Vatican for 2005’s Year of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is a term that describes Holy Communion for those of the Catholic and various other faiths.

The 140-panel exhibit came to Benedictine courtesy of The Body of Christ Outreach, Inc., which contacted the college for interest. The organization is based in the St. Louis area and has a mission of enhancing a greater understanding of God through educational programs.

Body of Christ member Stephanie Helfrich said the displays explain the occurrence of 126 miracles from across the globe, from the time of Jesus’ crucifixion to the present day. Nations represented include Germany, Mexico, France and Portugal. The lives of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi are among those included in the exhibition.

“They’re all very different, all the stories are very different,” Ms. Helfrich said. “Some stories involve fires or floods or animals.”

Several of the miracle stories feature accounts of priests who doubted the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, she added.

No such miracles have been authenticated for the United States.

A steady crowd of students and clergy streamed past the alphabetically-organized exhibits Saturday.

Sunday’s turnout consisted primarily of families, some of whom clutched palms distributed during Palm Sunday Masses they had attended earlier in the day.

“It’s been really well received,” Ms. Helfrich said.

Multiple religious denominations have been among those visiting the exhibit at other locations, she said, but it was unknown whether Atchison’s crowds included any non-Catholics.

To Mr. Ernst and Ms. Gordon, the miracles are signs of faith to ponder as Holy Week began for area churches.

“I think it’s great,” Mr. Ernst said. “I didn’t realize there were so many miracles that were attributed to the Eucharist.”

The lengthy history is proof that miracles can and still do occur even in modern times, the Atchison man said. The most recent miracle incorporated into the display occurred in 2001 in India.

“You can see them happen,” Mr. Ernst said.

Ms. Gordon — who is from Blue Springs, Mo. — said she also enjoyed reading the panels.

“It’s a good way to see a lot of the miracles,” she said. “The continuity of it is really beautiful throughout history, and they still occur.”

“Eucharistic Miracles of the World” will take a break for the summer before resuming a tour schedule in the fall.


The website is www.bodyofchristoutreach.org.

Ray Scherer can be reached at ray.scherer@newspressnow.com.


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Chris Oyakhilome

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (known popularly as “Pastor Chris”) is a televangelist and founding president of Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated also known as “Christ Embassy”, a Christian organization headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.


Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Oyakhilome>



  • Pastor Chris has been accused of staging miracles. He was accused of offering 10,000 Rands to each person who gets healed at his meetings.[26] This report caused mixed reaction by the internet public, and many raised eye brows at Pastor Chris’ Ministry. However, due to lack of validity of claims, and many who out of curiosity attended subsequent meetings with Pastor Chris and became eye witnesses, this claims was debunked. Many argued on social networks and online discussion forums, that Pastor Chris has had healing meetings for several years in Nigeria and several others in UK and South Africa, with a three session healing school in Nigeria and South Africa respectively and only one person has made this accusation.
  • Healing HIV: Treatment Action Campaign has come out against the Pastor and Christ Embassy on claims to heal life threatening diseases such as HIV [27] This was stirred up in response to the publicity for the Night of Bliss which held at the FNB Stadium, South-Africa, on the 11th of March 2011.
  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria, an agency of the Nigerian government vested with the powers of prosecuting cases involving financial and economic crimes has placed Pastor Chris Oyakhilome under surveillance investigating an illegal transfer of $35 million USD from Nigeria to foreign bank accounts by his church.[28] However, these are only rumors, as no one from the agency, and the agency itself has not validated these internet based rumors.


Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Oyakhilome>




James Randi

James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928)[2] is a Canadian-American
stage magician and scientific skeptic[3][4] best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Randi began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but after retiring at age 60, he began investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, which he collectively calls “woo-woo.”[5]

Although often referred to as a “debunker,” Randi rejects that title owing to its perceived bias, instead describing himself as an “investigator.”[6] He has written about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. The JREF sponsors The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US$1,000,000 to eligible applicants[7] who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event under test conditions agreed to by both parties.[8]


Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi>






The Foundation is committed to providing reliable information about paranormal claims. It both supports and conducts original research into such claims.

At JREF, we offer a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. The JREF does not involve itself in the testing procedure, other than helping to design the protocol and approving the conditions under which a test will take place. All tests are designed with the participation and approval of the applicant. In most cases, the applicant will be asked to perform a relatively simple preliminary test of the claim, which if successful, will be followed by the formal test. Preliminary tests are usually conducted by associates of the JREF at the site where the applicant lives. Upon success in the preliminary testing process, the “applicant” becomes a “claimant.”

To date, no one has passed the preliminary tests.

Click here to see the application.

Click here to see the current $1 million statement which shows the current amount in our prize account.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Log of Applicants


Pasted from <http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html>


Crazy Talk


Experience the most powerful force in the universe…

In The Science of Miracles, you will discover paradigm-shattering revelations that demonstrate why:

  • We are not limited by the laws of physics, as we know them today!
  • We are not limited by the laws of biology, as we know them today!
  • Our DNA is a code that we can change and “upgrade” by choice!

The implications of these discoveries are vast, powerful, and to some, even a little frightening. They show us, beyond reasonable doubt, that we have the power to reverse disease, re-define aging, create peace between nations, and even change reality itself through the focused power of heart-based emotion, and belief. It is these seemingly miraculous abilities that create the life-affirming joy in our lives that becomes the reality of our world. They are all based in the same principle!

In the first years of the 21st Century, scientists confirmed the existence of a field of energy that connects us with everything in our world. Given names that range from the Quantum Hologram and The Field, to The Divine Matrix, and the Mind of God, research has shown that through the conduit of this energy, the feelings, beliefs, and prayers within us, change the world around us.

Interestingly, our most ancient and cherished spiritual traditions have offered the same wisdom for over 5,000 years! Both science and ancient traditions agree on two key points regarding this field:

  • There is a precise “language” that it recognizes.
  • We can learn the language quickly.

We find the instructions describing how to speak the language of miracles hidden in some of the most isolated and remote locations remaining on earth today.

For more than 20 years Senior Computer Systems Designer, author, and visionary scientist Gregg Braden has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, ancient temples, and forgotten texts to uncover precisely such timeless secrets. Between 1998 and 2005 his journeys into the highlands of central Tibet revealed the forgotten form of prayer that was “lost” during the biblical edits of the early Christian Church. In this rare, illustrated interview, he documents this mode of prayer that has no words or outward expression, and the science that describes how it links us to the quantum force that connects all things.

With easy-to understand science, rare images and real-life stories, Gregg shows us:

  • Why we are born with the power to speak the language of miracles!
  • How easy it is to learn that language in our lives!
  • How to use the science of miracles us to reverse disease in our body, create lasting, nurturing relationships and bring peace to our world.


Pasted from <http://greggbraden.com/books_audios_videos/>




“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

 Arthur C. Clarke quotes (English
Writer of science fiction, b.1917)


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7 responses to “Episode #10”

  1. blog admin says :

    hehe.. I would suggested disabling the ‘automatically generated posts’- all you are going to get is earnest christian missives linking on (as seen above).

  2. Angela says :

    Sooo, nice to see that “da sceptics” are now your whipping boys. You are clearly mis-informed about exactly what scientific sceptics are.

  3. murraybiscuit says :

    on miraculous signs of the divine:
    mitchell and webb take a look at the humourous side of signs in nature…

    on faith healers:
    randi vs popoff – sadly popoff’s followers still followed despite his discreditation…

    • Dane says :

      That is hilarious! What is that from if I may ask?

      • murraybiscuit says :

        assuming you mean the first clip, it’s a british comedy show called “that mitchell and webb look”. they’ve got a bunch of short skits on youtube.

  4. Basil says :

    Absolutely Brilliant Murray you Biscuit!

    Thanks for keeping things fun, we get so much Crit (privatey and online) over really silly things that it’s a breath of fresh air when someone comments positively and get’s into the swing of things.

    Deon and Sue… good job, I wish I hadn’t missed this one, even catching up now is way overdue and listening in makes me want to grab a glass of wine, think i’ll do that.

    We’re all about debunking religion, we leave the cynical stuff to Batman.

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