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  1. Describe the history and symbolism of the festival of Pesach - How may the symbolism and teaching of Pesach affect the life of Jews today and help them to meet the demands of their faith?

    To aid them in their escape, God parted the sea for Moses and his people to safely cross. When the Pharaoh's men entered the sea, God closed the partition of the sea so that they eventually drowned. God commanded the Israelites to mark their freedom with an annual festival, Pesach. Pesach is now a spring festival, which marks a time of new hope and new life, because those 3,300 years ago when the Israelites escaped they were given a new life and hope for the future. Pesach usually lasts for 7 or 8 days, during the barley harvest.

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  2. "Ups and Downs"

    Doesn't it make you sick! Why isn't your life like that? Surely there must be some secret the rest of the world knows that you don't. If only you could just discover what it is, you'd be happy too--or would you? The truth is that these mile-wide-smile people have problems too--they just don't tell you about them.

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  3. What is a miracle? Describe how Jesus was presented as a miracle worker, giving examples from Luke's Gospel.

    This claim will be explored in the next section. A2: Jesus the miracle worker At the time of Jesus, the attitude towards miracles was very different to now. They were expected and had become commonplace. They were mainly associated with Elijah, Elisha and God. I think that the reason Luke wrote so much about the miracles is because they are so important in the Jesus story and they each have different meanings. Luke thought that these messages or meanings were important for everyone not just the people who witnessed them.

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  4. Talking about miracles

    Jesus cued plenty people from dangerous illness, he made the blind see, he made the lame walk people in Jesus' day had to pray to God to get rid of their illness. Because in that time there was hardly any cure for most of their illnesses. People use the word miracle to explain something which does not normally happen, which isn't natural. An example is if someone escapes a very-impossible-to-escape situation, maybe a house collapsing on the person during an earthquake, it might be refereed to as a miracle because the person narrowly escaped death.

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  5. Miracles.Jesus was presented as a miracle worker in many ways; he performed healing miracles (LK 18:35-43) Jesus healed a blind beggar, Jesus said to the beggar your faith has healed you

    This teaching shows that Jesus had the authority to forgive sins and had the power to perform remarkable things. Jesus also performed Exorcisms such as, (LK4:31-39) Jesus removed a demand (illness) from a man, with the power of God, Jesus had great influence over the demand and cast it away, this is evidence to support the quote "is Jesus the son of God," teaching us that Jesus has authority and we should live our lives as he commands, furthermore Jesus performs another exorcism in (LK8:26-39) Jesus removed many demons from a man who called himself Legion because there were so many demons in him, the demands begged for Jesus not to order them to go to the abyss, so Jesus let them go into some pigs, when this happened the pigs ran into a lake and drowned.

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  6. R.S. Coursework - miracles

    Moses is used as a tool to perform miracles, it is the communication between God and his people. Through this miracle, Christians can see that he brings a sign of God's love to protect his people and a symbol of freedom given to people by God. It is a miracle of manner and we should see that God becomes closer to his people through these miracles. There is an implication that Christians should always keep faith in him and hope that he will give them strength through difficulties for he has the power and authority to make the impossible possible 'for nothing is impossible to God' Luke 1:37.

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  7. The Parables - (The Sower, The Lamp stand, The Seed Growing Secretly and The Mustard Seed)

    Only then can anyone truly receive The Kingdom of God. Today we can still relate to the meaning of The Parable of The Sower although we are not farmers as those in Jesus' time. Jesus is still telling us that we should all look at ourselves and try to put right the wrongs we have done, so we too can eventually enter The Kingdom. The Word of God never changes; rather it is the way in which we choose to receive it that matters. We need to be like the seed that lands on good soil and like it, we must grow and await the harvest.

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  8. Religious Studies Coursework - Power over Disease & Death

    and go home" was truly remarkable, even more so when the paralysed man was actually able to do so. The miracle happened because faith was present. This faith that was present was also present in almost every miracle Jesus performed, and this tells us that faith is necessary for the miracles to happen. Because people were only starting to hear of Jesus and his miracle, they were very weary of him. They accused him of Blaspheming because he claimed to be the Son of God although they were "amazed" by his miracles. This miracle, at the beginning of Mark's gospel starts to tell us that Jesus was there to heal people and to strengthen people's faith, and is especially shown in the miracle: "Jesus heals a man with evil spirits", Mark 5 verses 1-20.

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  9. Discuss the differences and similarities between the two stories concentrating on how they begin and end. Which technique do you find the most effective?

    G. Wells (Herbert George) was born in 1866 in Kent. His interest in books and writing developed early in his childhood when he broke his leg, and while convalescing, read everything that he could. Later on, he won a scholarship to the 'Normal School of Science' in London, where he met Professor Huxley - a biologist. Wells became a good friend of the professor and also extremely interested in biology. This interest is clearly shown through his writing, such as in 'Island of Dr.

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  10. Do Miracles Really Happen?

    However there is no doubt that with miracles comes the awareness of God, as they must always involve faith. The subject of miracles can often be the deciding point of whether people believe in God or not. It must be noted that even though many believers in God may be brought up to believe in miracles, non-believers in God can also be brought up not to believe in miracles. Some people may not believe in miracles because they feel that there is no evidence. Others might believe that miracles have all the evidence, miracles such as the resurrection of Christ and the miracles performed by Moses.

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  11. Explain the term “miracle”.

    According to an atheist: A miracle is merely no more than an undiscovered natural law (April 14th 1995 PBS program). The definition of a miracle for the Christian and Jewish religions is found best known Bible, where people have written about the happenings of real miracles. In the Bible, synoptic words such as dynamis, teras and semeion are words used to describe a miracle.

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  12. Explain the term ‘miracle’

    Luke presents Jesus as having the complete opposite view to this. In the miracle stories Jesus shows compassion and understanding towards those who were so unfairly labelled outcasts. What Jesus said and did made him particularly unique for his time, his actions fulfilled scripture in a world riddled with sin; The blind can see, The lame can walk, Those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases are made clean, The deaf can hear, The dead are raised to life and the Good News is preached to the poor. Issiah 35:5-6 This was a brave quote from Issiah for Jesus to make especially within a community where people like the Qumran Monks believed that excluding outcasts from entering the community was acceptable.

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  13. Healing miracles do not happen today

    Some of the things we take for granted now would have been considered the great miracles in ancient times. In Jesus' time, for example, most people would have considered the prospect of a human being cured from leprosy completely ludicrous, but nowadays the cure is just part of everyday life - so much so that leprosy is not even considered a dangerous disease any more. Therefore we cannot see that certain things are miracles despite the fact that they are happening in front of our very eyes.

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  14. Gcse Re Coursework - Jerusalem

    The words drifted away on the wind and I felt as if my journey had already begun. To me this was the national anthem of my faith. I am to travel to my sacred goal, to obtain salvation, to grow closer to God and to show Him my love. I believe my spirit's compass is pointing the way, and so I must go and complete my inner spiritual self. I do not seek a miracle, but a chance to show my faith.

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  15. ‘Miracles do not happen today’

    Ever since then the village has become a place of pilgrimage for Catholics and many people have been miraculously cured there over the years. In the Bible there is clear evidence that miracles occurred. For example, Jesus is said to have cured a paralysed man who was lowered down to him through a roof in front of a large crowd. Upon Jesus' word the man immediately got up and walked out of the place despite being bedridden for many years.

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  16. “A belief is what we accept as the truth” (JW Apps). Is this a claim you could defend?

    Let us take a look at the definition of truth. Pontius Pilate in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar said "But what is truth? Not easy to define. We both have truths, are yours the same as mine?" Whilst there are many theories of the word "truth", in simple terms it is the conformity of a proposition to the way things are. However, is it possible then to believe in something which was false? Can we have a false belief? Belief and faith are closely linked terms, for faith is the belief of the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another.

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  17. Do we have to learn to think scientifically in order to find the truth?

    This process involves finding a problem, gathering information, creating a hypothesis, making observations, testing the hypothesis and producing conclusions. This is a road map for students to follow, and creates a 'standard' way of procedures. But in reality, this method does not work in every situation, and cannot be counted as the only way to finding truth. Scientists use a variety of ways including creativity and imagination to develop theories. Once these theories are developed, empirical evidence is gathered and interpreted. For example, a scientist wants to know if all male cardinals are red. She travels around the world and observes male cardinals, gathering that every bird she finds is red.

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  18. Explain the term “miracle”.

    In the Bible, words such as dynamis, teras and semeion are words used to describe a miracle. My definition was devised by combining each of these ideas together. In the New Testament, a miracle is described as dynamis, and this means an act of a supernatural being, speaking primarily of the agent of the act. The word teras speaks of the effect of the miracle and the unusualness surrounding it.

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  19. Explain The Term ‘Miracle’

    Now that there is such a confused meaning and not just one that the world would agree to, I feel that a 'miracle' is something personal to each individual and that different occurrences may seem miraculous to different personalities. Aii) Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles in the Gospel of Luke. Many 'miracles' have been written about in the Gospel of Luke that had been performed by Jesus so that his teachings maybe emphasized. Luke's natural interest in Jesus' miracles was completely obvious as they had helped all outcasts in many different ways, e.g.

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  20. ‘Our knowledge of miracles leads us to the conclusion that God exists.’ Discuss this point of view.

    Moses is said to have parted the Red Sea. It has since been discovered that such a thing could indeed happen naturally in a certain place at a certain time, but it would be an extremely rare occurrence. However, for this to occur coincidentally at the precise moment when Moses required it so would, under Holland's explanation, be a miracle. David Hume rejects this particular definition of a miracle, stating that 'Nothing is esteemed a miracle, if it ever happens in the common course of nature.' His own definition is: 'A transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity or by the interposition of some invisible agent.'

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  21. My Personal Theory on an Afterlife

    So if that's all we are, then to propose any answer the thought of ?is there ?life? after death?, the answer would have to be no. The real question then is, is that all we are? Those of a religious nature would argue that we are far more than that; they would argue that we have a soul. Brilliant, for that is surely, most definitely TRUE. A ?soul? refers to us having emotion, and the ability to emphasize (not sympathize, that is an emotion in itself.

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  22. Atheism and Belief in God

    Explain why the scientific explanation of the world leads some people to become atheists or agnostics. Science can explain where the world came from and where humans came from without any reference to God. This may lead some people to be agnostic, that is, they are unsure whether or not God exists. Other people may be led to become atheists, that is, they are sure there is no God. They believe that, if God exists, he must have made the world and he must be the only explanation of the world.

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