Simple question: has a healing miracle ever been recorded on camera? I'm open to answers from any Christian groups/denominations.

  • Just a simple clarification. By camera do you mean a simple still photo? – Ken Graham Jun 15 at 4:40
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    @KenGraham - People may sometimes have legitimate reasons to downvote, and I see that feedback as a valuable opportunity to improve my question writing skills. – Spirit Realm Investigator Jun 15 at 5:54
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    @OneGodtheFather, that is a good point too. I do not believe in faith healing but just wanted to challenge any who think that someone is currently able to do such. – coderworks Jul 5 at 16:57
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    @OneGodtheFather - that's one option, but ideally I would like a visible ailment/disease getting healed on camera, such as a severe case of scoliosis getting healed, where you see the person having their back straightened, etc. – Spirit Realm Investigator Jul 5 at 17:03
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    @OneGodtheFather - it's kind of hard to give a formal definition of what constitutes a healing miracle, but my attempt would be some kind of spontaneous healing that "shouldn't have happened" according to our current understanding of biology and physics. – Spirit Realm Investigator Jul 5 at 17:17

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.

  • I've heard stories of bone fractures being spontaneously healed, which cannot be explained away as placebo effect or spontaneous remission (I mean, bone fractures normally take months to heal, not seconds). Unfortunately, there are no video recordings to back up those stories as far as I'm aware, only the testimony of the alleged eyewitnesses. – Spirit Realm Investigator Jun 15 at 14:58
  • According to a NIH study: "Fractures may heal spontaneously in spite of gross instability while minimal, even non-visible, instability may be deleterious for rigidly fixed small fracture gaps. The theory of strain offers an explanation for the maximum instability which will be tolerated and the minimal degree required for induction of callus formation." - most likely the alleged eyewitnesses did not observe actual bone healing (if so, how?), but the person being able to stand or use their broken limb. – Codosaur Jun 16 at 11:45
  • What about scoliosis? – Spirit Realm Investigator Jun 16 at 14:23
  • I heard of one case being photographed at the moment of healing, but I can not track it down. The photo in question shows a young man dropping his crutches at that exact moment. – Ken Graham Jun 16 at 20:28
  • @KenGraham, but what about the next moment? Faith healer visits a small town — strong language warning. – Ray Butterworth Jul 6 at 1:05

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.

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    Nice find, but have these been medically verified by medical professionals, such as doctors? YouTube videos are fine, but this site requires verifiable evidence. – Ken Graham Jul 5 at 15:33
  • Is the YouTube channel you linked to your blog? If not, can you include a link to your blog? – Spirit Realm Investigator Jul 5 at 17:29
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  • Ken Graham, the question was have any miracles been caught on camera, not have they been caught on camera and then medically verified. However, if that's what you need (there are plenty of medically verified miracles listed in Keener's book, but most were not also captured on camera) there's Delia Knox (marcustutt.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/…) and an audio of a healing of Duane Miller's voice (youtu.be/IHE16szuoGU?t=2468). – Andy Jul 8 at 21:29
  • The medical documentation for Duane Miller's healing is detailed in Lee Strobel's excellent book, "The Case for Miracles," but he also outlines it in the video starting here: youtu.be/IHE16szuoGU?t=2819 – Andy Jul 8 at 21:34

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