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

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R.E COURSEWORK 'MIRACLES' By Liam Murphy 10.1 Contents A1) What is a miracle? A2) Describe how Jesus was presented as a miracle worker, giving examples from Luke's Gospel. B) Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day beliefs and Christian practice. C) 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. A1: What is a miracle? The Griffin Savers Oxford Dictionary defines the word 'miracle' as a remarkable and welcome event that seems impossible to explain by means of the known laws of nature and science, which is therefore attributed to a supernatural agency. This means that not just anyone can do this sort of thing, so if it is performed then the thing that performed the miracle would be greater than us, humans. Today, the word 'miracle' is used in a different context as it is used to show that something may not happen or that there are high odds against something happening. For example: it will be a miracle if Welling United get to the Premier League. During the years, the word 'miracle' has been used for an amount of different meanings, which include: * Explaining something that is not impossible but non-understandable, e.g. someone may call an operation, which saves someone's life a miracle. * Explaining that something may never end up happening, e.g. it will be a miracle if my mum lets me lie in on Saturday. One example of something that may be called a miracle but I don't think it should be called one; is if we managed to create AI. One example of something that I would call a miracle if it happened would be if we could travel through time. One person who is said to have performed miracles is Jesus. This claim will be explored in the next section. ...read more.

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Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. The following explains what the passages in the above headings mean: Jesus and the woman with a haemorrhage This miracle shows Jesus' power over illness. * The story of Jairus' daughter is interrupted by the appearance of a woman with a haemorrhage. The woman had an illness, which made her bleed without stopping. * When the woman touched Jesus, Jesus felt healing power come out of him and told the woman to tell the crowd what she had done. ...read more.

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For twelve years, the Lourdes medical experts have been studying the case of medical worker, Jean-Pierre B�ly, who recovered from his illness on 9th October 1987, which was one day after receiving the 'sacrament of the sick'. He was the 66th person in the history of Lourdes whose claims to be cured by a visit to the shrine have been approved by the Catholic Church. 6,500 other cases like this have been dismissed. There are many reasons why a practising / believing Christian would believe in miracles. I will list some of these reasons below: - * He / She would believe in miracles because of what the teachings of Jesus say and what he did to show God's love. * He / She would believe in miracles because they believed that they had witnessed a miracle. * He / She would believe in miracles because The churches attitude to 'healing miracles' is that they only accept miracles which have been confirmed by a committee (e.g. the Lourdes Medical Office and the Lourdes International Medical Committee) or if it was performed by a biblical figure (e.g. Jesus). I think that in time, all of these miracles will be explained by science and that all of these miracle workers will become known as a type of magician, but until then they will always be looked on as a message from God showing that he cares. After doing this work, I have decided to put my own views down. I believe that in the future, we will become technologically advanced enough to be able to heal any injury, disease or mental problem. Although we may not be able to heal spiritual injuries in the future by medication, I believe that the solutions to that type of healing are found inside us anyway. Therefore, when we do come to this stage, I think that we will decide that although they were near impossible to do in the first century, they would become like a magic trick where everyone knew how to do the trick. ...read more.

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