Usually phenomena that cannot be explained by the operation of the known laws of the natural world; also the providential alteration of circumstances, or of the human attitude and volition, in such a way as to promote good or to restrain evil; from the Latin miraculum, an object or event that impresses those who behold it with wonder and astonishment, that transcends their knowledge, understanding, and experience, and for which, in their finite judgment, the laws of nature or change cannot provide an adequate explanation. Miracles may be of divine or of satanic origin ( Acts 19:11 ; 2 Thess. 2:9 ; etc.). The latter may be either genuine or counterfeit. Miracles may be classified according to their character or according to their purpose. Divine miracles may be of cosmic significance (for e...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.