And is there a God to heal your illness? If there is a God then why do you need medical help? That is what Buddha said in a way. If you have an illness, go straight to a doctor, don't wait for God to heal it. And illness is not the only kind of suffering. You may suffer because some one has not allowed you to have your due. You may have desires which are not fulfilled. They will also cause distress. Yes, Buddhism is a religion of works - what works in life. Buddha advised against spacious speculation which does not bring you any benefit in life. Is there as God? How was the universe created? Of course, all religions expect you to behave good, but that does not get you 'nirvana'. 'Nirvana', IMHO, is the true understanding of the world after which there is no unanswered question. I am not aware of any miracles in Buddhism and do not think Buddha believed in any. Buddhism itself is a miracle, much ahead of its time, more than 2,600 years ago. "In Buddhism, there is no concept of punishment or reward and there is no divine being who decides who goes* to hell or heaven." Heaven and hell in Buddhism (Google Search) * Because there is nobody to go. Humans and all other things have no 'atta'. They are 'anatta' (without substance) and 'anicca' (impermanent). Again, members who know more about Buddhism are welcome to clarify/modify what I have said. I take Buddha a my teacher but I am not a Buddhist per say.