Do These Events Rank as Modern-Day Miracles?

Saved miners and an ice hockey game have claimed the designation

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Do miracles still occur, or are they just a relic of the past? Recent news stories describe what some people believe are miracles happening in today’s world. Although they may not fit the description of an old-fashioned, biblical miracle, these events seem to have little logical explanation for their happy outcomes. 

Here are a few modern-day examples of what could be considered miracles:

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Scientists Map the Human Genetic Code

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Dr. Francis Collins led a team of scientists from universities and research centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and China.who in 2003 completed mapping all 3.1 billion parts of human DNA, giving the world its first chance to study the entire instruction code for human beings. Collins said that discovering the divine code of life might help scientists find new treatments and cures for many diseases. Was this a miraculous discovery?

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Pilot Lands Disabled Plane in 'Miracle on the Hudson'

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First Officer Jeffrey Skiles and Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (right) pose for a group photo with the passengers of US Airways flight 1549 during a reunion to mark the one year anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson.". Chris McGrath / Getty Images News

On Jan.15, 2009, a formation of birds flew into the engines of an airplane that had just taken off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. Both of the jet's engines shut down in mid-air. Yet pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was able to guide the plane safely to a landing in the Hudson River. All 150 passengers and five crew members survived the landing, and crews of ferry boats rescued them from the water. This famous event has come to be known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." Was it miraculous?

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All 33 Chilean Miners Rescued

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Against overwhelming odds, all 33 workers at a mine in Chile that had collapsed in 2010 were rescued after spending 69 days underground. Some of the miners said they had prayed urgently to survive the ordeal, and many people worldwide watching television coverage of the rescue operation also prayed for their survival. Did God help the rescue team safely get each man out of the mine?

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Kidnapped Girl Found Years Later

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Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted as an 11-year-old in 1991 while on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was reunited with her family 18 years later, long after they thought she had died. Investigators found Jaycee living as a prisoner in the backyard of the man who police say kidnapped her and had two children with her before Jaycee finally found freedom as a 29-year-old woman. Jaycee’s family members describe her return as a miracle. Was it?

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US Hockey Team Defeats Russians in 'Miracle on Ice'

In the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., the American ice hockey team, composted entirely of amateurs, faced the mighty, mostly professional Soviet Union team in the medal round. The Americans were given no chance against the four-time defending gold medal champion Soviets, who had mauled the young Americans 10-3 in a pre-Olympic exhibition. But the Americans defeated the Soviets 4-3 and later topped Finland for the gold medal. Broadcaster Al Michaels delivered the now-famous end-of-game call: "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" Could a sports event be considered a miracle?