How beneficial would it be if the world were to wake one morning and find the HIV virus, ebola virus, tuberculosis, leprosy, cancers, etc have been wiped off the face of the earth. Or that the inhospitable deserts of the earth have been turned into lush and fertile lands for crops and animals; or that earthquakes, volcanoes and tornadoes have been summarily consigned into the abyss of the past?
Well all of the above would be extremely beneficial to the human condition if these changes were to happen permanently. In fact, every single one of these could be described as a veritable "miracle" in its own right.
The theistic community promotes a very different notion of miracle, understood to be a condition which contravenes the natural laws, brought about by the direct intervention of their respective deity. Of what use are these types of miracles? Did any of the miracles attributed to Jesus leave any permanent lasting effects that could be enjoyed today? Did Jesus
1) Permanently eradicate any of the ailments that afflict humankind. He is said to have healed individuals of various ailments, but why did he not just eradicate the ailment. If he had done so, the history and medical books would be saying "that such and such condition was a particularly crippling condition until Jesus eradicated it from the face of the earth". Unfortunately, in all his wisdom, he came and departed without doing any such thing.
2) Did he provide humans with a technology or knowledge to conquer some of the natural challenges that confront us? he is said to have walked on water, but he left behind no hydrodynamic technology useful to us today.
3) Did he conquer famine and starvation. He is said to have fed thousand with only a paltry amount of bread and fish whilst in the regions around him, many would have been starving to dead. Did he leave behind knowledge and technology of dealing with soil erosion, food shortages, failed harvests ?
In fact, none of Jesus' supposed miracles have left a permanent legacy that has advanced and enriched our lives. It is as though he were never on this earth.
All(most) of the miracles attributed to Jesus, then and now, tend to be of the individualistic (i.e., on the human person) and consequently of ephemeral nature. When the human passes away, they take the miracle away with them, thus leaving no trace of the miracle. It would be nice if Jesus had considered performing material and non-personal miracles, such as eradicating diseases, poverty, solved the problem of desertification, soil erosion, permanently calmed the forces of tornadoes, etc. These, truly would have been miracles worthy of a god. Rather than messing about with a few loaves of bread and fishes, turning water into wine, raising the dead, walking on water, calming a rough sea, cursing a fig tree, etc, etc.
There are many today who profess performing miracles in the name of Jesus. Unsurprisingly, non of these latter-day Jesuses are able to perform material non-personal miracles. Or could they? Could they, in the name of Jesus;
1) Command and empty glass to become full of water?
2) Command the total eradication of any of the diseases that afflict us?
3) Move the Himalayas from its present location to a location 1000 miles north?
4) Bring back to life someone who has been dead 1000 years?
Any of these acts, if performed could potentially provide humans with the knowledge to face and tackle some of the formidable challenges that confront us.