Agnostics are of the opinion that If they can prove a widely acclaimed miracle as false, they can prove all religion wrong. The Miracle of the Sun is one of these “special” miracles.
If a person takes a look at the reasons an agnostic gives for the cause and result of the Miracle of the Sun you will find that they do not ACTUALLY prove that a supernatural phenomenon did not happen. They have natural reasons to explain away MOST of the phenomena which happened at Fatima, but there is nothing evidential. Arguably all these natural causes COULD have happened in the way put forward by them, however, what are the chances that natural phenomena happened in such a chronological sequence, and in such precise timing, unless it all came from a supernatural force?
If a person is a confirmed Agnostic, then they are in a sense “required” to believe this theoretical progression of natural phenomena, to them it’s only logic. Christians on the other hand, are aware that something miraculous like this can indeed happen and so, if an agnostical argument is not very coherent or is unsatisfactorily explanatory, then it is worthy of believing that the occurrence came from God. (As long as it is recognized as “Worthy of Belief” by Rome”.)
The two foremost arguments atheists come up with are: A solar phenomenon happened which people under the influence of pious enthusiasm took for a sun, dancing and diving into the earth. And also, the crowd under the influence of said factor, stared at the sun until it looked to them like it was dancing. Following this are the more far-fetched theories: Conspiracy theory (against the government, who in reality very much wanted the crowds to witness “The” fraud at the Cova), Lucia was a spoiled brat who brought two small children under an impression, everybody were liars (THAT one really convinces me…), the Bible has verses which forbid Christians to believe in any miracles, the entire earth would have felt some serious jolting if the sun was careening off its axis (Little do they realize that the definition of a miracle is something which BREAKS the laws of nature), and a great many other lightweight arguments. Sometimes people just try too hard and it doesn’t work. I think the skeptics realize this and that is why they put the most emphasis on the two former arguments.
The first argument is easy to depose. The unbelievers say that the people in a trance saw a solar phenomenon called a Sundog. A certain agnostic I read stated: “Thankfully a Catholic priest wrote in his book that many saw nothing”, if “many saw nothing” then it certainly couldn’t have been a natural solar phenomenon because every person would HAVE to see it. Enough said.
The second argument is for some, very believable. However it does take a little stretch of the imagination. The entire miracle took place in a total period of about ten minutes. Skeptics say that staring straight at the sun can make it look like the sun is dancing. Still, staring for ten solid minutes!? If a person stares at the sun for only a few minutes they will have at least some temporary damage. But staring for ten solid minutes? If they don’t go blind they at least will have some visual impairment for a couple of weeks or months!
In response, agnostics put forward the argument that there was some cloud covering (Due to the recent rain) and therefore the sun’s rays were lessened. Still, the numbers watching this miracle range from 30,000-100,000 people I find it hard to believe that such a large crowd of people staring at a partially obscure sun (Which according to eyewitness accounts was NOT obscured) could do this without at least ONE case of eye damage!
In addition to this, all witnesses (including those who did not see anything impressive) agreed that the sun came out after a torrential downpour at exactly noon. Nobody disagrees here. I doubt very much that the sun came out just by sheer coincidence.
Accordingly, there were some agnostic, communistic, and freemason skeptics who saw and believed. They were the same people who came to laugh at a crowd whom they expected to be embarrassed when nothing happened. Therefore, Since there couldn’t have been a visible natural solar occurrence then it would have to be the eyes playing tricks on the piously impressed minds. The skeptics who assembled at the Cova da Iria, were undeniably in a self possessed sane state when they fell to the ground in stark fear.
Following from this argument is the misinterpreted account that many people reported seeing different things. And here is the fact that agnostics just cannot grasp because Faith is a stumbling block to them: God permits people to see the thing which He wants them to see, that which will help them reach Heaven. Some people saw the sun spiraling into the earth making them quake with fear as they realized that morals ARE real and absolutely HAVE to be followed and not thrown on the wayside. Others saw Mary, the Mother of God, smiling and blessing the earth, encouraging those who were already their journey of faith. Others saw nothing, perhaps these people did not NEED to see anything.
Agnostics since they do not believe in God, do not know God. One can not judge a person’s actions when they do not know the person and the circumstances in which they exist. Therefore, an Agnostic cannot say or put limits to the things God can do and why He does them. They want God to come on His knees to them to tell them He exists, they are afraid of uncertainty, and because of this fear they continually live in it.
There is a story of Saint Louis who was working in his study when a servant ran up to him and said “Sire, the Infant Jesus is appearing in the Host upon the altar!” the saint calmly continued his writing, and replied, “I could not believe more firmly in Christ’s presence in the Eucharist if I were to behold a miracle.” Catholics especially make huge mistakes, partly with poor understanding about the basis of the Church’s foundations of Faith on Scripture and Tradition, by trying to prove God’s existence through a miracle which was not meant to prove anything.
There is enough evidence for the miracle at Fatima to make Catholics realize the importance of the Rosary and praying for the conversion of sinners. And certainly enough to change a person’s thought proccess about how he reflects on his life. It has for me. THIS WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE MIRACLE! Not to prove to the world, but to save the church which was (is) full of sinners.
In conclusion, nobody has disproved the miracle at Fatima, if evidence becomes apparent to support this, my faith in God will not be shattered because it is based on Faith and Reason, not some “superstitious” happenings. On the flip side, Christians can believe a supernatural cause of these happenings because it is not contrary to their knowledge but, they cannot necessarily give indisputable proof that the happenings at Fatima were supernatural.
Given the proofs which have been put forward, together with the refutations. I can honestly say that I believe in these happenings. It makes the most sense when approached with a Christian perspective than with an Agnostic’s.
Perhaps the film “The Song of Bernadette” (1943) stated it best in the opening scene: “For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible”.