One does not have to search very hard on cnn.com today to see mentions of the "miracle" in Pennsylvania. In fact, there is a huge banner across the top of the main page of cnn.com that reads "Special Report: Quecreek Miner Miracle" and the word "miracle" is in reversed colors (white on blue instead of blue on white), effectively putting the word "Miracle" in bold font.
I am a Christian. I believe in God. I believe in miracles. That's why it really pisses me off (one of my pet peeves) when someone refers to a non-miracle event as a miracle. It offends my religion. It cheapens true miracles. It cheapens God. It is like saying God's name as a swear. Do it enough and God loses his' reverence to you. Calling everything a miracle makes miracles meaningless. Let's take a look at the 1st definition for miracle from dictionary.com.
miracle Pronunciation Key (mr-kl)
An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God: "Miracles are spontaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves" (Katherine Anne Porter).
Inexplicable by the laws of nature? I think not. Here is an interesting contradiction too. Try this page at cnn.com. Look at the headline in bold text. Man behind the miracle? Man? Miracle? Um...did I miss something here?
"God gave us a miracle", or so says the front page of cnn.com right now. What if only 7 survived? Or 3? Or none? Would it still be a miracle? Would people still thank God? Or would insults be thrown at God? I think the latter. People thank God when times are good, curse him when times are bad. One needs to only read the book of Job from the old testament. Just read the first 22 verses if the bible isn't your thing. That is the way real Christians act. Thankful of God despite hard circumstances.
"How could God allow this?" was a popular cry on Sept. 12th. Today, people are thanking God. People do not understand the nature of God, nor the fact that man has free will. Man, not God, was responsible for Sept. 11th. Man, not God, was responsible for saving these coal miners. Assigning God praise/blame based on the fickle circumstances of the moment is wrong. God has eternal character. God is good. God is just. God is loving. God is judge.
Calling everything a miracle and assigning God attributes of the moment is why so many people are confused about God. People don't believe God could send someone to hell because God is loving. But people conveniently forget God is also righteous and a judge. People blame God for the bad and thank God for the Good, yet people don't really worship God. If they did, public thanks of God like those that are being given today would be given every day.
God, if you believe he exists, is by definition God! Therefore, the appropriate level of respect and reverence and worship should be given at all times. When things are good, praise God. When things are bad, praise God. God is eternal. Do not let the circumstances of the moment blind you to the true essence of God. And save the word "Miracle" for when the real thing comes along.