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What is meant by the term miracle?

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Miracles What is meant by the term miracle? 'Miracle- wonder, marvel, phenomenon, prodigy' (CollinsGem Thesaurus New Edition) 'Wonderful, good, something that happens believes to have supernatural or divine cause.' (Oxford School Dictionary) 'Out of the ordinary appears to be impossible.' (Nick Lowry) 'Something people want but don't always happen.' (Alex Kirk) 'Something strange which is not supposed to happen.' (Patrick Brown) 'An act of God.' (Matthew Lowrie) 'Faith in action.' (Alex Kirk) 'Supernatural event.' (Sam Lovell) 'A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined.' (David Hume) To me, a miracle is an act of God. The act could happen to anyone and is unusually helpful, superficial and supernatural. Most of the time the receiver realizes that a miracle has occurred and is very thankful. I believe miracle to be a divine occurrence. For some people a very short or long time may required. There are many kinds of miracles, depending on one's needs, desire or expectation. E.g. 1. Being cured from cancer, regaining sight or good health; 2. Winning the lottery. A miracle may mean differently to people. It is not a matter of disagreement but of belief. From the above comments, it is clear that many people have their views about miracle. Whatever one's belief, the overriding belief is that 'with God all things are possible'. However one interprets it becomes either semantic or dialectical. ...read more.

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verses 38-39 * A paralyzed man, Matthew chapter 9 verses 2-7, Mark chapter 2 verses 3-12, Luke chapter 5 verses 18-25 * A woman with internal bleeding, Matthew chapter 9 verses 20-22, Mark chapter 5 verses 25-29, Luke chapter 8 verses 43-48 * Two blind men, Matthew chapter 9 verses 27-31 * A man with a shrivelled hand, Matthew chapter 12 verses 10-13, Mark chapter 3 verses 1-5, Luke chapter 6 verses 6-10 * A young girl, Matthew chapter 15 verses 21-28, Mark chapter 7 verses 24-30 * Two more blind men, Matthew chapter 20 verses 29-34, Mark chapter 10 verses 46-52, Luke chapter 18 verses 35-43 * A man who could not hear or speak, Mark chapter 7 verses 31-37 * A blind man, Luke chapter 8 verses 22-26 * A crippled man, Luke chapter 13 verses 11-13 * A man with dropsy, Luke chapter 14 verses 1-4 * Ten men with skin disease (called leprosy in older translations), Luke chapter 17 verses 11-19 * The servant of the high priest, Luke chapter 22 verses 50-51 * The son of an official, John chapter 4 verses 46-54 * A paralysed man, John chapter 5 verses 1-9 Bringing the dead to life again * A young girl, Matthew chapter 9 verses 18-19, Mark chapter 5 verses 22-24, Luke chapter 8 verses 41-42 * A young man, Luke chapter 7 verses 11-15 * A man called Lazarus, John chapter 11 verses 1-44 Setting free people who were oppressed by evil spirits * Two men from the town of Gadara, Matthew chapter 8 verses 28-34, Mark ...read more.

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Meaning that Jesus was extravagant knew what was deep inside everyone's hearts. He knew that the Pharisees wanted to question him curing someone on the Sabbath so Jesus asked the man before. This shows that Jesus was ahead of the Pharisees and teachers and one them at their own game, when most people would not have. Luke wrote this especially to show exactly this and from this extract it showed that Pharisees did not have clearnhearts Mark 4:35-41 = Matt 8:22-27 = Luke 8:22-25: Jesus calms the storm that came up suddenly during a nocturnal crossing of the Sea of Galilee. The disciples had to awaken Jesus during the storm because he was sleeping in the stern of the boat. Jesus spoke and the storm ceased: "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm." This passage shows Jesus' power over nature and how he was the Messiah and a worker of miracles, this is shown especially with the words used in the passage; the word rebuke can mean to scold and demand, this shows that Jesus had an important place and that he was to be obeyed. Throughout Luke's gospel, he has written it so it is apparent that Jesus is a worker of miracles and the messiah not no mere normal human being like the rest. The words he used and the way he describes the events let the reader know this. RS GCSE Coursework -OCR Christianity through a study of the writings of Luke ...read more.

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