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'Healing miracles do not happen today' - Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer.

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PAPER 1 - CHRISTIANITY THROUGH A STUDY OF LUKE AND ACTS Section B 'Healing miracles do not happen today.' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer. Christians hold different views to 'healing miracles do not happen today', but the agreement and disagreement of this opinion depends very much on what one calls a miracle. Some Christians consider the first heart transplant and life a miracle. This is because of the idea that God creates everything on Earth, and that, in itself is a true miracle. Therefore, miracles do still happen and will continue to do so until the end of the Earth. But many Christians would disagree with this view, simply because it is too vague. One reason as to why some Christians believe that miracles do not occur today is because of a change in the perception of what a miracle is. Some of the things Christians taken for granted now, would have been considered as some of the great miracles in ancient times. E.g. Nowadays, being cured from leprosy is just part of everyday life - so much so that leprosy is not even considered a dangerous disease anymore, whereas in Jesus' time, most people would have considered the prospect of being cured from leprosy completely ludicrous and a miracle. ...read more.


She went back for another test and it came back normal - no cancer!' Miracle believers would stress the fact, that the explanation of the cancer 'disappearing' would be due to God acting upon Edith. Whereas non-believers would state the fact that not everybody is perfect, and so everyone makes mistakes once in a while. Even Doctors come into this category. Therefore, the Doctor misdiagnosed the patient in the first place which would lead to the cancer 'disappearing' when she went back for another test, as there was no cancer to start off with. Eg. 'Brandon was in a terrible car accident that killed the 2 friends that he was with. The accident left Brandon in a coma with a cracked skull and internal bleeding. We heard of the accident through a staff member who is friends with him and prayed for him during our midweek service. Our staff member called to find an update on Brandon and was told that he had come out of the coma 1/2 hour after we had prayed and the doctors found nothing wrong with him! God is a Miracle Worker today and forever!' Again, miracle believers would insist this was God acting onto Brandon to make him better and come out of the coma after friends and family had prayed for him. ...read more.


The father of *Alix Whitcomb, claimed, 'It's a miracle'.' The father of the child wrongly claimed it as being a miracle. It is not a miracle as the Scientists had the technology to save the baby girl. The mother was very unlucky, but the doctors helped the child by injecting minerals and using all the technology that they could use to help the child survive. If the doctors never helped, they would have been no way in knowing if the child would have survived or died. Some Christians would have probably said to trust in God, but, if we have the technology, it is better to do the best we can in saving the Child's life rather than putting God to the test and wait to see what fate she would have had. It is very difficult for Christians to choose whether miracles do or do not happen today. Instead, Christians should have faith in God and then He will make a miracle occur to a real follower and To a person who has a very strong faith in him, as according to the Bible, 'Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)', which implies God is working miracles today. But on the other hand miracles do not happen today as we have the technology to help us heal people and the science which can explain unusual happenings, which some Christians say were a clear result of God's inspiration in human beings. Melanie Underwood Luke RS Coursework 2003 ...read more.

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