Simple question: has a healing miracle ever been recorded on camera? I'm open to answers from any Christian groups/denominations.
AFAIK, the only denomination that has laid out the conditions for such a phenomenon is the Catholic Church, which requires:
- the healing must be “complete”,
- “instantaneous”, and
- “durable”, as well as
- “scientifically inexplicable”.
The "instantaneous" criterion combined with "scientifically inexplicable" implies that this phenomenon occurs as the subject is under measurable observation prior to, during, and after the phenomenon without interruption of measuring.
From a scientific POV, the subject should also not be receiving treatment in the form of medication, irradiation, or other techniques, as that would render the effect "scientifically explicable".
A phenomenon adhering to these conditions has never been recorded (either on still images or video, or otherwise documented in a scientifically undeniable way). And even that would not rule out the placebo effect or spontaneous remission.
Yes. Lot's of them. I have collected some links to miracles reported online on my blog. A number of the links point to videos, and some of those show people being ministered to and indicating that the health problem is no longer there. My favorite is of a man healed of back problems he has suffered from for years. I just love how he responds.
However, when it comes to miracles, it is not a lack of historical or contemporary examples that is the problem. Rather, it our cultural predisposition to anti-supernaturalism. I have found Professor Craig Keener's work in this area particularly helpful, especially his two volume work Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. If you don't have time or motivation to read a two volume work, there are a number of videos of his lectures on the topic online.