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Luke's Gospel - Miracles

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GCSE Coursework: Luke's Gospel - Miracles Section A (i) The definition of a miracle is: An event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed. However, other definitions claim that a miracle is simply 'a wonderful or amazing event'. Today we use the term miracle colloquially to mean the latter, however traditionally the first definition is technically more correct. Luke portrays Jesus as a worker of miracles, and tells us of the many miracles that Jesus performed. Luke, being a doctor and a gentile, tends to focus on healing stories and outcasts. He tells us of various people being healed, resulting in them being accepted back into the community. Section C It is hard to say whether healing miracles happen today. As I said in section A, there are two main differing definitions of what is meant by the term 'miracle', which it what makes it difficult to decide either way. Christians today would say that if they have prayed and asked God to cure a particular person and they are cured, then it is indeed a miracle. ...read more.

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It is the same situation but because of medical advances it is no longer seen in that status. If a healing miracle needs to defy scientific laws then we are all hard-pushed to find something worthy of being classified a miracle. Although my immediate reaction to this was that they do not happen today, I cannot ignore stories we hear of somewhat miraculous events. Perhaps a woman who was thought infertile falls pregnant; we hear stories similar to this fairly often. There is also the famous Lourdes which is well-known for its apparent ability to heal. We can look back to Luke's gospel when Jesus heals a paralytic man. There is a similar story at Lourdes of a man in a wheelchair suddenly possessing the capability to walk. During research, I discovered there had been 30 - 40 official healing miracles recorded as such: these are persuasive statistics. It can be argued that these people were misdiagnosed, or they weren't actually cured; but those are rather unconvincing arguments, as I think it's hard to believe that all of those incidents were 'coincidences' or examples of misdiagnosis. I think that ultimately, the answer lies in the definition of a miracle. ...read more.

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Many of the healing stories are based around an ill person who has been excluded from the community because of their illness. Jesus helping these outcasts who are then accepted back into the community may inspire christians to not exclude people that we today exclude and reject. They may befriend these people, and not judge people the superficial way society does. Jesus' attitude tawrds all people shows christians toward the importance of equality and selflessness. There are christians today who claim to practise 'healing services' for christians. There are churches with a healing organisation. The healing miracles have obviously been very influential for them. Some say these are exploiting christians faith by imitating Jesus and what he did. The importance of the healing stores has perhaps been lessened by modern medical advances and technology. It makes the stories seem less significant because so much can be done with medicine it makes jesus' healings that bit less impressive. The miracles that Jesus performed play a big part in a christians faith. They must believe these stories and have good faith in them. This is because if they do not have faith that their God can do these things, and believe that that part of the bible is wrong, what parts of it are they to believe? Kate Foister RE Coursework: Miracles Mrs Brignell ...read more.

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