3 Problems With The Miracles At The Virgin Mary Sight France

Since 1858, from the millions of people (six million in 2014)2 who went and still go to the sight of Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France, only 68 were confirmed by the Roman Catholic Church to have had a miracle.1 Here are 3 problems with this:

  1. Only 68 people had a confirmed miracle out of the millions and millions who go there. 68 confirmed miracles out of millions is not fact. If we use just one million people, 68 cures represent 0.0006%. This cure rate isn’t statistically viable, which means it’s false.
  2. Some said they could walk again when they were never in fact confined to a wheelchair before.
  3. On top of that, none of these miracle were anything extraordinary such as a third leg or a second head. Instead, they were simple and statistically viable cures. Those who are pro-miracles will say that those recoveries have no natural explanation —they do. Any doctor will tell you that patients sometimes make astonishing and unexplainable recoveries just as healthy people fall inexplicably and gravely ill.

Plus, just because it doesn’t have a natural explanation, it doesn’t mean that there’s, therefore, a supernatural one. In other words, the opposite is not true. We would need to prove that the supernatural explanation is true via an experiment.

To your success,
Nikhil Mahadea


  1. http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/approved_apparitions/lourdes/miracles4.html
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26334964
  • Bruce

    I agree with you! just because we don’t have a natural explanation doesn’t mean there’s a higher power providing miracles and we do need some sort of “testing” or someway of proving that its truly a miracle! however if believing in miracles is what someone chooses, shouldn’t we be there to support them? why take away their moment of happiness? let them believe!