This is a summary of another great argument made by Christopher Hitchens in God is Not Great.
“If one must have faith in order to believe something, or believe in something, then the likelihood of that something having any truth or value is considerably diminished. The harder work of inquiry, proof, and demonstration is infinitely more rewarding, and has confronted us with findings far more “miraculous” and “transcendent” than any theology.” (p.71, God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens)
“Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.” (p.143, God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
Hitchens talks about one example when some coal miners were stuck in a collapsed mine in West Virginia. When it was discovered that a number of them were still alive, the news announced it was “a miracle.” Then the survivors tragically suffocated before they could be removed from the mine (p.76, God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens). What was it then? A curse? Hitchens continues by talking about incidences where entire towns were wiped out in natural disasters and one person, or one church remains, untouched, and then people say it is a “miracle” that that person or church survived. Hundreds or thousands of people die and yet it is a miracle? Hitchens argues that humans tend to attribute good fortune to God, then give God a pass when bad things happen to them. I think this argument can extend beyond just laws-of-nature-are-suspended miracles to things like answers to prayers. You loose your keys and pray to find them, and do. Did God answer your prayer? What about the times you prayed to find something and never found it? You feel like you shouldn’t drive down a certain road, then you find out later there was a fatal accident on that road. It might seem like a miracle to you, but what is it for the people who died in the accident? For every prayer that is answered, how many prayers do you pray that are not answered? Have you ever gotten in a car accident after praying for safety before you left on that trip? You spontaneously and suddenly get better after a priesthood blessing or praying to Saint. A limited number of people both suddenly get sick and suddenly get better every day. Is it more likely that God is blessing all of these positive events and just ignoring the negative ones, or that things, both positive and negative, are just happening?
“Any hospital supervisor in any country will tell you that patients sometimes make astonishing recoveries (just as apparently healthy people often fall inexplicably and gravely ill). Those who desire to certify miracles may wish to say that such recoveries have no ‘natural’ explanation. But this does not at all mean that there is therefore a ‘supernatural’ one.” (pp.147-148, God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens)
In addition to this, Hitchen’s talks about how lots of the laws-of-nature-are-suspended type miracles are debunked. He talks about someone who claimed she was healed by Mother Theresa, and yet interviews with the woman’s doctors say she never had the disease she was claiming to be healed from.