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Religious Studies Coursework - Power over Disease & Death

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Religious Studies Coursework Power over Disease & Death RS1 Jesus, or Jesus Christ, is the "central figure of the Christian religion" so the Oxford dictionary of English tells us. His mission of preaching and healing is told throughout the gospels, and Christians often describe him as the Messiah (a leader or saviour and in Jesus' case, of mankind) Jesus is the promised saviour, the one through whom God fulfilled his promises he made to his people in the Old Testament. Jesus healed different kinds of illnesses and raised the dead throughout the synoptic (through the eyes of one; syn= together, optic= eyes) gospels. Jesus healed physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the gospels. Jesus did not only heal the "ordinary" people of society, but he healed the outcasts of society, the leapers and the possessed. In "Jesus heals a paralysed man", Mark 2 verses 1-12, Jesus only had to command the illness out of him. The forgiveness of this mans sins was very important, when the man was forgiven, his burden caused by the sins was lifted, and therefore he was healed of his illness. It was then thought that it was because of sin that you had an illness, the more worse the sin, the more worse the illness. We can see this by when Jesus said: "My son, your sins are forgiven" as if it was his sin that made him have the unpleasant illness. Telling a paralysed man to "get up... and go home" was truly remarkable, even more so when the paralysed man was actually able to do so. ...read more.


She would pray with her family every evening and she attended church almost every day. It was her family's generosity and caring for the poor and less fortunate that made such an enormous impact on Theresa's life. By twelve years old, Theresa already knew what her vocation in life would be; she would devote her life to God and help the needy in the poorest areas, she would become a nun. When Mother Theresa was older, she joined a Loretto convent in a northeast Indian city and spent 17 years teaching there, in Calcutta. In 1946 Mother Theresa moved to the slums of Calcutta to set up a school. Others soon followed to help her and they created a religious order of nuns called the "Missionaries of Charity". She lived a life of minimalism and simplicity. She wore a plain white sari with a simple cross on her shoulder to identify to others who she was. Her mission was, as she said when she accepted her Nobel Peace prize: "to care for the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone." Mother Theresa opened a number of homes for the poor, the dying- so they could die in dignity, the lepers, the homeless and orphanages. She and her sisters washed and bathed wounds, soothing sores and making them feel wanted. ...read more.


When he returned time and time again to the pictures, there were different holy portraits to be seen. He was not the only person to interpret the painting to have a holy image in it. He wrote to the Pope John Paul II and his eleventh painting is under intense investigation. There are believers that this painting is a miracle and thank God for blessing them, but there art other people who are doubtful. The scientists have put it down to either a psychological fixation of the brain thinking that it must see an image. Otherwise, it could be a way in which the painting was painted, so it produces "tricks" and makes images apparent to be holy images of Our Lady. Many people pray for a "miracle" and some people take it further by traveling to Lourdes, a place of significance and importance to the Roman Catholics because of a girl, Marie Bernarde Soubirous (St Bernadette) has claimed to have had a series of visions of the Virgin Mary. Some miracles get a seal of approval from the pope, and some do not. Some people still do not believe that the miracles that eventually do get a seal of approval are miracles and other people believe that there are miracles that do not get a seal of approval, but deserve it. I myself am not sure whether miracles happen today; I personally do not believe I am old enough or mature enough to make such an immense decision on something quite so full of meaning and difficult to understand. ...read more.

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