I just had a peaceful discussion with an atheist friend. She was initially neutral towards Christianity, but after witnessing some Christians doing hypocritical things in the name of religion, she became dubious about how Christianity came to be. While she acknowledged that we have a perfect system that is capable of explaining everything, she believes all of these plausible explanations are attributable to brainwashing and self-hypnosis. She questions why we don’t have any proof - archaeologically or scientifically, that certain miracles we claim are more than brainwashing or self-hypnosis.
I myself have had some spiritual experiences, but I can not make them into visible evidence. Sometimes I even find it difficult to describe these things in words. So I know how difficult it is to document a miracle scientifically.
I am also aware that only God can make Himself revealed. And if a person has closed his/her heart, even if a miracle happens right under his nose, he would not acknowledge it. (Actually I think that is why she’s got the impression that we can’t prove any miracle happened because of God.)
She is a person who strives for righteousness, and she will be better in God’s hands than with me debating. However, I would still like to know if there are any evidence that miracles DID happen when God interfered, or any evidence that the Bible is NOT some folklores made up by a group of people that happened to be used by people who wants power. The Dead Sea Scrolls and historian accounts are considered unreliable by some. Do we have other archaeological discoveries or detailed documents that cover these matters?
For example, everyone says that newspapers reported the Our Lady of Fatima event, but does anyone know which newspaper that is?
I believe there are a few saint canonized lately that are responsible for miracles, and the investigation should be documented by Vatican. Are we accessible to these documents?
Some saints and exorcists have dealt with miracles or supernatural events (such as Padre Pio and Fr. Gabriele Amorth). Do we have any documents for that?
Forgive me for being such a nerd, and I am not asking because I am too attached to miracles to neglect greater miracles - that God cleanses our sins and builds us into better persons. I only wish to know that when I talk about these things to other people, I am certain that I am telling them the truth, and I am able to tell them why this is the truth. I HAVE ran into widely-spread Catholic stories that warped up the truth a little bit, so I know it CAN happen.