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Luke's Gospel Miracles Essay

1490 words - 6 pages

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. Their prayers for that person's health have been answered so
they look upon this as a miracle. Now whether this is technically
correct is debateable. By some definitions a miracle must 'be an event
with religious significance'. This fits that meaning, but even though
it a religious occurrence, it does not usually 'breach natural laws'
as it is not uncommon for people to be cured. A relieving and happy
event, yes, but a miracle? This is questionable.

Christians may also argue the case for physiological/mental healing
miracles. In Luke, he tells the story of Jesus exorcising a man
possessed by the devil. Jesus is cleansing him from this mental
illness, and this is considered a healing miracle. Christians may
translate that sort of miracle to today's society as to when someone,
who is not Christian and is sinful, finds god and is forgiven of their
past sins. They would say it is a miracle for that person to be healed
spiritually.

A key point on this topic is a big part of our lives today in the
modern society: science. Of course, something that was seen as a
healing miracle in the time when the bible was written is accepted as
normal procedure now as scientists now know so much about health and
the body. We know leprosy not to be contagious whereas in the bible
lepers were excluded and seen as outcasts. People with mental
illnesses were thought were thought to be possessed by the devil,
however we now recognise these people to suffer illnesses such as
schizophrenia. For example, a woman in the bible had a haemorrhage
that Jesus cured and this was considered a healing miracle. Today, for
someone...

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