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Explain the term miracle.

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Veronica Marcinek 10A R.E Miracle Assignment Section 1 A) Explain the term miracle In this essay I shall explore the different ways of explaining the term 'miracle'. A dictionary definition of a word 'miracle' is; 'an event contrary to the laws of nature and attributed to a supernatural cause' [-Collins dictionary.] This means, that a miracle is something that is opposite to the laws of nature and mystical. Christians believe that a miracle is something caused by God. It might tell us a bit from the life of Jesus. St. Augustine stated that a miracle is an event we cannot forecast or 'expect with our present understanding of nature'. This reflects the view that miracles are somehow violations of the laws of nature and presupposes, that God is the only power who can do this. Miracles are unexpected and fortuitous events. It is God that intervenes directly into our lives to suspend the laws of nature. These events are said to be signs of God or His help. Wonders can be used to prove Jesus' divinity or tell us something of the nature of Jesus. B) Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles giving examples from Luke's Gospel. During the life of Jesus, He worked four types of miracles - Power over the Nature, Exorcisms, Healing and Raising People from the Dead. ...read more.

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Jesus also wanted us to know that God sent him and to show His rule in our lives. Section 2 Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day belief and Christian life. Miracles don't happen so often today as they did in medieval or ancient times. Although we read more about them in Old Testament than see them, miracles are still as much important as they were to the first followers of Jesus Christ. Some people, by the term of Healing miracle, understand only physical healing. These people travel hundreds of miles to places like Lourdes, Fatima or Canterbury just to be healed from sickness or disease. They think it's a waste of time, when that won't happen. People need have faith in what they are doing; otherwise it is a waste of time. Those are not only healed physically. They might be cured spiritually and emotionally as well. Christians, who want to be cured bodily or want someone else to be healed, usually involve churches to pray for these persons. Most of the faiths- especially Christians - have the Healing Services in their churches. Also, the hospitals have their priests and chapels, where people are anointed with oil, as a healing service. Also all Christians, have the Prayers of Intersession. ...read more.

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In my opinion these miracles do happen. As a Christian I believe in a miracle of Resurrection, but also I have faith in other kinds of wonders. It happens in everyday life. Isn't a Confession a healing miracle? It heals our souls, and God forgives our sins. Moreover, some people are healed emotionally, by going to the church or on a pilgrimage. Others might get some courage to fight with their sickness. This means that, the power of Jesus in our world today is as powerful as it was when He was on Earth with us. However, a Scottish writer and philosopher - David Hume, stated, that the miracles might be explained as natural occurrences and that Christians and other religious believers might be blinded by their faith; their faith led them to believe that God performed miracles because they wanted to believe. Also another writer - John Hick, believed, that many of Old Testament miracles, such as the Plagues of Egypt and the Crossing of the Red Sea, were probably natural occurrences, which happened so fortuitously, that they were called miracles from God. But even if it was so, where did a man like Moses come from? In the Bible, he was told by God to go and free the people in Egypt. One needs a gift of faith to believe in any kind of miracle. For atheists miracles don't exist. If one has no faith in God, one has no faith in miracles. ...read more.

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