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i) What is meant by the term 'miracle'?

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RS Coursework A.) (i) What is meant by the term 'miracle'? The term miracle means according to the Chambers Oxford Dictionary, 'a supernatural event: hyperbolically, a marvel, a wonder: a miracle play.' It is something extraordinary and is thought to be when God does something to break all the normal rules and laws of nature. Miracles generally do not seem to happen much nowadays as it is more associated with Jesus' time than ours. Some people e.g. Newspaper journalists and magazine editors use the term 'miracle' in the wrong sense. They can use it from something like "It is a miracle that he got out alive" when someone has been in danger of some sort or "This product can work miracles" trying to promote some cream or new product. A book on Mark's Gospel called Synoptic Gospels by R. Cooper says 'A miracle is simply an event which is not explicable in any normal way'. ...read more.


Jesus heals the man directly (meaning that he was there right next to the man) not from a distance. At the time he is teaching in a synagogue. Then a man with an unclean spirit comes in and cries "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." Then Jesus spoke and said "Be silent, and come out of him!" and when Jesus had said this the unclean spirit threw the man into a convulsion and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. Jesus' fame began to spread around Galilee. Jesus showed them that he had authority over everyone including Satan. When he left the synagogue he went to Simon's house and saw his sick mother in law and lifted her up and the fever left her. ...read more.


Here is an example of a nature miracle. The calming of the storm is a nature miracle. One evening he said to his disciples "Let us go across to the other side." And they got into a boat and left everyone behind them. There were other boats around and a storm arose. Waves were beating onto the boat and it was being swamped. Jesus was in the stern asleep and the disciples came and woke him saying "Teacher do you not care that we are perishing?" he woke up and then rebuked the wind and said to the sea "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind stopped and everything was calm and nice again. He said to the disciples "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" they were filled with awe and amazement and said to each other "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" This shows us that Jesus has power and can control nature and the world around us. Kate Macnamara RS Coursework ...read more.

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