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Explain the term “miracle”.

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Sabrina Johnson 10E RE COURSEWORK A) i. Explain the term "miracle". A miracle is a positively phenomenal, yet significant event, which requires the act of a supernatural being and is conducted for the purpose of conveying a message to an audience. Today, different people have different ideas about what a miracle really is. According to the "Chambers 21st Century Dictionary", a miracle is: An act or event that breaks the laws of nature, and is therefore thought to be caused by the intervention of God or another supernatural force. This is a commendable definition for the term "miracle", because it takes the point of view of a religious person, as well as a atheist. However, this wouldn't be my own interpretation of a miracle, as I do not believe that it goes into a sufficient amount of depth for it to have true meaning for a Catholic like myself. ...read more.


My definition was devised by combining each of these ideas together. In the New Testament, a miracle is described as dynamis, and this means an act of a supernatural being, speaking primarily of the agent of the act. The word teras speaks of the effect of the miracle and the unusualness surrounding it. Semeion can be translated as sign, and so miracles were seen as a significant event that has a purpose. In the Old Testament, Exodus 14 is one of the most famous and most powerful miracles of God. In the Jews' escape from Egypt, through Moses, God parted the waters of the Red Sea, so that they could cross to the other side. This miracle fits the above definition because parting the Red Sea for the Jews to escape captivity in Egypt is a positively phenomenal event. ...read more.


God did not only work miracles in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament, the birth of Christ was another working of God. The conception of Jesus was a result of God's miraculous intervention. Jesus was to be called the "Son of God", because Mary became with child whilst still a virgin. In the New Testament, for Christians, the actions of Israel's God were essentially righteous, He had an all-holy purpose and each of his actions was focussed towards its accomplishment. The miracles of Jesus were instruments to such a celestial purpose of God. Jesus not only worked miracles as a sign of God's divine power, but also a sign of His salvation. This is exemplified by Luke, who portrayed the miracles of Jesus working on different types of people, those effected by the devil, those who were sick, those effected by the wrath of Mother Nature and those meeting the final limitation of death. ...read more.

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