Difference Between Miracle and Magic

Miracle vs Magic

The two words magic and miracle might appear similar in their connotation, but strictly speaking there is difference between the two. It is generally believed that magic is the act of a human being whereas a miracle is the act of God.

Miracles rely to a great extent on the will of God. This is the reason why you cannot expect miracles to happen time and again. They happen very rarely in your life if at all they are destined to happen. Magic on the contrary is nothing but manipulation of nature of objects.

You try to suppress the real nature of objects or things while performing magic whereas miracles have nothing to do with suppression of nature of things or objects. You tend to use the so called energy available around you in the performance of magic. Miracles do not involve the use of energy. A miracle is all about the power of God.

It is important to note that the performance of magic is personal. Thus magic does not depend on the will of God. Magic is something wielded and something impressed upon. It happens in front of your very eyes much to your delight and astonishment.

Miracles do draw your astonishment and delight, but you think about the Almighty upon experiencing them. On the other hand you do not think about the Almighty upon experiencing magic before your eyes. You would at the most appreciate the skill of the magician. You would praise and applaud him. You would praise the Lord if you experience miracles.

The skill of the magician or the performer becomes evident in the act of magic, whereas the power of God becomes evident in the act of miracle. Hence it is for sure that these two words cannot be interchangeable since they show great differences between them.

  • Deanjay1961

    Why should I adopt this distinction, other than the author thinks magic done by Jesus should not be called by the same word as miracles performed by Merlin?

    • http://the-world-of-james76.0catch.com James Armstrong

      Magic isn’t performed by Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God, so He performs miracles. Calling Jesus’s Acts “magic” is blasphemous, because Jesus denied “good” magic.

      According to Revelation 21:8 (Chapter 21, Verse 8):
      “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, *those who practice magic arts*, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

      • Deanjay1961

        It’s more of a difference in Greek than English. In English they’re both cases of ‘poof’ and you get what you want. The Greek ‘dounamis’ implies inherent power and the Greek ‘pharmakeios’ implies poisoning, drugging, and other dark arts. The word ‘magic’ in English doesn’t carry the same moral implication, and is as reasonable a translation of dounamis as it it is of pharmakeios.

        • http://the-world-of-james76.0catch.com James Armstrong

          But miracles don’t involve wands, spellbooks, potions, puffs of smoke, broomsticks, or any other nonsensical magical things atheists think Jesus has when they say He performs magic – which, again, He doesn’t perform magic, He performs miracles.

          • Deanjay1961

            I don’t think he did any of that stuff either…and I’ve never met an atheist who does. They either think it was tricks or it was legend. A literary wizard could as easily just will the magic to happen. Miracles are a subset of magic. The definition of magic doesn’t require that props be used.