Essay about Luke's Gospel - Miracles

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Luke's Gospel - Miracles

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(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
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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 with a haemorrhage, treatment would be expected and being cured would not be a shock. So if it was considered miraculous in Jesus' time, is it still considered miraculous today? It is the same situation but because of medical advances it is no longer seen in that status. If a healing miracle needs to defy scientific laws then we are
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