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Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day belief and Christian life.

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Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day belief and Christian life. Healing miracles are ones where a person is cured, instantly from a long-term sickness, for example, that have them in a wheelchair, bed bound, or terminally ill (not just the flu). It is considered to be a miracle cure when they have been suffering from a disease, for example, tuberculosis or multiple sclerosis for several years. Many of the things that Jesus did according to Luke affect the lives of Christians today. Luke shows Jesus as a friend to outcasts and he heals those, who, at the time were considered unclean, such as when he healed the ten lepers he not only healed them, but touched them also. He placed a special emphasis on women who were treated as second-class citizens, for example when he healed the lady with the haemorrhage; she was considered an outcast as well. Jesus gave priority to the sick and so do people today. Every hospital has at least one Chaplin to the sick, they respond to the request of the sick and minister to them. Along with Chaplin's in hospitals, there are hospices, with a Christian foundation for example the North London Hospice where the terminally ill are given organised care. ...read more.

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Some believers will say that God performs miracles just because he is powerful enough to do so. However when Jesus calmed a storm at sea, it helps to teach Christians the importance of having faith in Jesus even when the situation seems impossible. Miracles show that God is alive and active now and throughout history, but other people may suggest that miracles can be explained as luck or coincidence. The same was true at the time of Jesus, as expressed by the Pharisees. This is the same today as some scientists and doctors prefer to believe that there is a logical reason for a cure, for example at Lourdes, one that science has not yet explained, but will in the future. The messengers who came to report Jarius's daughters death seemed to think that there was a chance that the girl could be healed as long as she was alive, once she died they did not see ant hope. So they told Jarius not to 'bother the teacher' any more. The mourners outside his house felt the same way. When Jesus said that the girl was sleeping, not dead no one believed him. ...read more.

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Through the anointing of the sick, the Church hopes that the sick are given the strength to accept their illness, to not feel worried about death and this alone, positive thinking, may give them a complete recovery. They expect that the sick person receives the love of the Holy Spirit of God, they hope that their sins will be forgiven and that they feel they have spiritual victory over their illness. Toady we pray from a distance for those who are sick to be healed. In a way the centurion did this, as he knew that a word from Jesus was enough for his servant to be healed. As Christians, we pray for others and we are told to ask in Jesus' name. Ongoing intercessory prayer will sometimes prepare the way for God to work his miraculous ways and sudden healing, for example at Lourdes. We are told in Luke that in order for a miracle to work, persistent faith is important. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick gives them (the sick) spiritual comfort and sometimes a recovery from their sickness. Christ had special care for the sick and told all of his followers to have that same concern. Therefore, we too should be concerned for the sick. ...read more.

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