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Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles giving examples from Luke's gospel. The miracles Jesus performed in his life fall in to four groups

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PAPER 1 - CHRISTIANITY THROUGH A STUDY OF LUKE AND ACTS a i) Define the term 'miracle' The term 'miracle' can be defined in many different ways. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a miracle as a "marvellous event due to some supposed supernatural agency; remarkable occurrence; remarkable specimen (of ingenuity, impudence, etc)"; however the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Christian Church definition of a miracle is, "a miracle, according to the traditional view, is a sensible fact produced by a special intervention of God, transcending the normal order of things, usually termed the force of Nature". People define the word 'miracle' in many different ways. Some people believe nature itself and the world God created is full of miracles. Inventions and developments in the world and science that may once have seemed impossible can be thought of as miracles. Some believe a miracle is an event where God's work becomes clearly seen in a mysterious way, such as an amazing coincidence, healing or an answered prayer. It is a direct intervention by God breaking his own laws of nature (like a dead person coming alive again or an unaccountable healing). They believe miracles are signs that God is at work and cares about the world he created. Other people believe miracles are impossible; a coincidence might be taken religiously as a sign and called a miracle, and some people might say a miracle has happened when it is just their wishes coming true by chance. ...read more.

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Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day belief and Christian life. The miracle stories in the Bible are important to Christians today. They help Christians to have faith in God and Jesus. Whether they believe the miracles actually happened or are just symbolic, Christians today can learn from the miracles Jesus performed. The miracle 'Jesus and the woman with the haemorrhage' (Luke 8:43-48) shows Jesus' power over illness. Jesus rewards faith and the woman shows great faith by just touching him. It also shows that Jesus reaches out to outcasts; the woman was considered an outcast from society because according to Jewish law, the woman's bleeding meant that she could not join in the Jewish religious ceremonies. This teaches Christians today about the faith they should have, and teaches them to follow Jesus' example and help outcasts. In the miracle 'Jesus and the paralysed man' (Luke 5:18-25), the four friends show great faith and friendship. They make an opening in the roof above Jesus and lower their friend in front of him. They are not interested in themselves, only in helping their friend. This can teach Christians today the power of faith and friendship. Jesus tells the man that his sins are forgiven. This teaches Christians today that spiritual healing is just as important as physical healing and that God is forgiving. The miracle 'Jesus heals the leper' (Luke 5:12-13) shows how Jesus pities outcasts and rewards faith. ...read more.

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On the 16th April 1962, Micheli Vittorio, a soldier in the Alpine Corps, was admitted into a hospital in Verona for the diagnosis and treatment of an obscure condition of his left hip. After various tests he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on 4th. June. His case deteriorated, with total destruction of his hip joint, but he still undertook a pilgrimage to Lourdes in June 1963. During the pilgrimage, nothing notable happened, except that he bathed, encased from pelvis to foot in a plaster cast. On his return he appeared to be in better shape. Six months after the pilgrimage he was in excellent health, had no pain, he could walk and his hip somehow seemed to have 'reconstructed'. This miracle seems remarkable and many people would think it was God and the Holy Spirit at work, rewarding his faith. Even though he could barely walk, he still made the pilgrimage to Lourdes because he believed it would heal him. Other people may not find the account completely believable, as it seems impossible that his hip joint could have been miraculously reconstructed. Some people might think it is possible that his case gradually got better and his pilgrimage to Lourdes was nothing to do with it. People have many different opinions on whether miracles happen today. I believe miracles can happen today if God wants it that way but a lot of things that are labeled as 'miraculous' may just be coincidences. For some people, having faith in God and miracles can help them get well and have faith in themselves. ?? ?? ?? ?? Eleanor Luckcock L5R ...read more.

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