Healing Miracles: Are They Real?

Many people question the authenticity of healing miracles and if they actually exist, but the word of God and the world that we live in leaves no reason to question the fact of this matter.

Miracles are not something new and they did not just start. They have been happening since the beginning of time. In fact, in the Old Testament, healing miracles suggested that God had performed them, while in the New Testament they suggested that Jesus performed them. These were acts that occurred in ways that undoubtedly left no question that a higher power had intervened. But do we really need to look for something on a grand scale to realize that healing miracles occur on a daily basis? I would think not. In fact, from then until now, there are healing miracles all around us that leave no question that they do exist and we call them the blessings of the Lord.

Miracles of Healing in the Bible

In the Bible, the barren had their wombs opened and they bore children: So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife. Genesis 20:17-18.

The blind had been given sight: And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. Matthew 9:27-30.

Lepers and others who were sick were healed: And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:12-14.

Blood issues miraculously ceased: And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:20-22

Modern Miracles

In addition to these instantaneous miracles, there are healing miracles that occur all the time. For instance, there are those that are inspired to create medications and vaccinations that heal the body and eradicate disease. While these things may happen resulting from a series of events, it doesn’t negate the fact that it does happen and all of these instances are indicative of an intervention from a greater source and a higher power…God.

I can attest to those that have had brain tumors to miraculously die on their own. I’ve been witness to a woman having 4 hospice nurses and eventually being admitted to the hospital, being comatose for days but now she is walking around and you would never know that she was sick. I have also been privy to the testimonies of lupus being healed and those that were set to begin chemotherapy being told that they didn’t need to take the treatments because the tumor was no longer there. These are every day healing miracles.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we shouldn’t box up the acts of God by summing them up in a grand way and leaving them in a separate arena to themselves when healing miracles by God through physicians from all backgrounds occur on a consistent basis. They occur through God’s intervention for many reasons.

Some believe that healing miracles are God’s will for our lives, while others may say that it’s according to our faith, and still others would say it is to increase our faith as well as the faith of those around us. Healing miracles are real. It is to be noted that these things happened in the presence of and as a result of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Furthermore, these healing miracles are compassionate acts stemming from a God with an unconditional love.

We who claim salvation through Jesus can safely say that when we align ourselves with our higher power, we know that there is no need to identify the work of God as miraculous healings but instead we recognize them as meticulous, intentional blessings in and around our lives.

Latoya Collins is a freelance writer based in the Chicagoland area and she is currently working on her first book titled “God through Jesus, Nothing can Separate you from his Love.” You can find Latoya online at her website.

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The Miracles of Jesus in the Bible and the Koran

Christians worship Jesus. His many miracles are recorded in the New Testament of the Bible.

Jesus is beloved to Muslims, as well, and Muslims love him just like they love and respect all the other prophets equally without any discrimination. As a matter of fact, Jesus is mentioned in the Koran more than Muhammad and referred to 25 times in the Koran with his Arabic name “Isa”. He is also called “the son of Mary,” and “the word of God” as well as “Spirit from God”, “the Messiah”, and “Messenger of God.”

Muslims believe that Jesus is a blessed prophet, whom God granted a miraculous and honored life. God described him to be “of high esteem in this world and the hereafter, and one of those brought near” (Koran, 3:45), and God revealed that Jesus would be rewarded in the hereafter. According to the Koran, Jesus is known for his excellent moral values and his unprecedented character that caught people’s attention at first sight. He is described as an extremely committed and courageous person, with a very strong trust in God. (Koran, 6:83-87)

The life of Jesus was full of miracles, which began to take place even before he was born and which many people witnessed, which are recorded in the Bible. In the Koran, Mary was given the good news of Jesus, and that he would be sent as a messenger to the people of Israel. Mary’s conversation with God continues as such due to the miraculous birth of his son: “[Mary:] ‘My Lord! How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?’ He said, ‘It will be so.’ God creates whatever He wills. When He decides on something, He just says to it, ‘Be!’” (Koran, 3:89)

God supported His chosen prophets with miracles so that they would be protected from the malevolent plots of the unbelievers and hypocrites and also help them communicate the faith of God to people. With these miracles granted to him by God, Jesus was able to heal the sick and disabled, cured people suffering from leprosy, brought sight to those who had been blind from birth, and even raised the dead. As we learn from the Bible, he always told the people he healed, who were naturally very impressed: “Your faith has saved you”.

Some of the miracles he performed by God’s leave and which are referred to both in the Koran and the Bible are:

Raising the Dead

Both Christians and Muslims, in line with their holy books, believe that Jesus brought forth the dead.

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:43-44)

Remember when God said: “O Jesus, son of Mary, remember My blessing to you and to your mother… when you brought forth the dead by My permission…” (Koran, 5:110)

Miraculous Healing

Both the Bible and the Koran contain passages of Jesus’ healing the blind and the leper.

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him… Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. (Mark 8:22-25)

“… I will heal the blind and the leper, and bring the dead to life, by God’s permission. I will tell you what you eat and what you store up in your homes. There is a sign for you in that if you are believers.” (Koran, 3:49)

A Bird coming to Life out of Clay

This miracle is mentioned only in the Koran:

….as a Messenger to the tribe of Israel, saying: “I have brought you a sign from your Lord. I will create the shape of a bird out of clay for you and then breathe into it and it will be a bird by God’s permission, I will tell you what you eat and what you store up in your homes. There is a sign for you in that if you are believers.” (Koran, 3:49)

We understand from the Koran and the Bible that Jesus’ creation was by itself miraculous, and the presence of miracles continued throughout his life. Therefore, Jesus’ second coming, which both Muslims and Christians eagerly await, will also be a miraculous and metaphysical occurrence that will have a beautiful impact on the entire world.

The Miracle of the Second Coming

Many scholars of the past as well as many researchers of our time expressed their valuable opinions on the second coming of Jesus and informed people about the conditions that he will face. For example, in The Messianic Legacy, we are told: “As in Jesus’s time, we live, quite palpably, in the shadow of an impending apocalyptic event… We are all helpless hostages to a reality we no longer fully control… And beneath the general anxiety, the maddening sense of impotence, the disillusionment with inept or irresponsible politicians, there is a profound longing for a genuine spiritual leader… who will understand, will take charge and – without of course violating established democratic freedoms – assume the role of guide, conferring meaning once again on lives which have grown increasingly empty.”

Additionally, Acts 1:11 gives evidence about his return: “… This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

The Koran gives the glad tidings of his second coming as follows:

And I will place the people who follow you above those who are unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection. Then you will all return to Me, and I will judge between you regarding the things about which you differed. (Koran, 3:55)

In this verse, God mentions that a group of Jesus’ true followers will dominate the unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection. Jesus did not have many followers during his tenure on Earth. Therefore, we cannot say that the early Christians dominated the unbelievers in the sense indicated by this verse. This will be possible in the second coming of Jesus, which will be a great blessing for all humanity.

People of the world today will see a prophet for the first time in their lives, and will have the incredible experience of witnessing his admirable, superior character and wisdom. Therefore, it is the duty of believers – be they Christians or Muslims – to prepare for his coming with joy, excitement and enthusiasm. The believers should contemplate on the significance of events in the world and be cognizant of the signs of the End Times so that they can pave the way for the most important guest the believers can ever expect to see.

 

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How to Become a Person Who does Miracles of God

The rock stars of the Church are often the ones standing in the podiums doing healings and proclaiming the miracles of God. But there are merely a handful of these, and plenty of people in the pews wondering if they might be less of a Christian because they have never had that kind of power in the Lord.

Of course, if you are one of those who are not laying your hands on the ill or casting out demons, and you desire to be that person, Scripture may not be that encouraging. Consider this passage:

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, ESV)

So by the indication of Scripture, you are either apportioned the gift of Miracles or you are not. Much like salvation, this is not a gift one may work to attain.

In addition to this, there is a healthy amount of skepticism as to the authenticity of Miracle Workers. Is the person with the microphone performing on stage for personal attention, rather than for the glory of God? Are they truly working miracles, or are they simply a talented performer who knows how to put on a convincing show?

Further still, a significant portion of the Church believe that these kinds of overt miracles performed by the Spirit through individual Christians ended with the Apostles. If miracles continue to occur at all, they are subtly performed by the direct actions of God on a world that is mostly blind to them.

What is a Miracle?

For every man in a shiny suit who performs on the stage, there are dozens of quiet and unassuming congregants seated in the pews, praising God in their hearts and praying in earnest humility to a Christ that they love.

Consider the case of the prophet Elijah. Here was possibly the man through which God performed the mightiest of miracles. Elijah stopped the rain and summoned fire from the sky (both by the will of God), but he was a transient man who was always hungry. Then God brought a poor widow into his life. While the widow had little to share, she gave of her resources to this man of God, who blessed her in return. Elijah could perform miracles on behalf of God, but he could not feed or shelter himself. To Elijah, the widow was the miracle.

Similarly, in the parable of the Good Samaritan, the titular character performed no miraculous healing on the injured man. However, from the perspective of the beaten and dying Jew, a man swept out of nowhere, cared for him in his most desperate moment, and saved his life. This Samaritan, brought into his life by God, was the miracle.

Miracle Workers

How does one become a miracle worker? Simply be the miracle. Take every opportunity to do good in God’s name, and likely you will, in fact, be the miracle God brings into other’s lives in their times of need. Though you may never see it, others will recognize you as the miracle they have been calling out for God to provide.

And, of course, the obvious answer is to pray. Prayer is the invisible ministry, but likely, the most powerful of any ministry. One of the most frequent injunctions delivered by our Lord was to pray. To pray without ceasing. To – like the resolute widow of the parable – batter at God’s door with determination so that the good God, like the unrighteous judge, will respond to the insistence by delivering of his bounteous grace. Devote yourself in prayer to the needs of others. This may not be the flashy laying on of hands to bestow an instant miracle. It will certainly not deliver you the fame and attention of the pulpit-prestidigitator; in fact, no one may ever know of your efforts on their behalf. But a miracle – any miracle at all – is an act that brings glory to God’s name; never to the name of the miracle worker.

If you desire miracles for your own fame, they will never come. If you desire that God’s name be glorified, then any miracle for which you ask is certain to do just that. Spend less time trying to be a miracle worker, and more time devoted to the glory of God, and your desires will be fulfilled. Because God’s name will be glorified whatever the circumstance.

Joel Furches is a writer who has worked for 15 years researching and writing on topics of religion. He has a BA in psychology and an MA in education. He can be found online at hubpages.com/@bombadere

 

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Are New Testament Miracles Still Performed Today?

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12 

The validity of a miracles is vulnerable to the scrutiny of the mind, to skepticism, agnosticism, cynicism and to the great force of logic resolution of the human brain: the power of perception. What we see is not always what we get. Sometimes our mind sees more clearly than our eyes. Unless otherwise proven, perception is truth; reality.

Christ commanded his disciples to go out into communities everywhere and continue his work, spread the gospel, heal the sick and to perform miracles based on the examples of his work and his teachings. There are many historical documents that present the theory of the apostles honoring their teacher’s wishes; and there are many stories and much evidence of miracles being performed throughout the past twenty centuries; and all of these supernatural events are similar to miracles documented in the New Testament.

Many saints have been canonized since Christ walked the earth and that is only possible through verifiable proof of a miracle having been performed using criteria based on the perception of what a miracle is or was at that particular time in history. The same is true today. Every now and then someone perceived to be spiritually special and to have done or been a vital partner to a special, supernatural event is beatified and canonized and inducted into the soulful stratosphere of sainthood. There will always be miracles; but our understanding of what makes a miracle may not always stay the same.

Perception

Not all abnormal, special Christian linked events are recognized as miraculous and many good, great, magnificent deeds drift by under our noses and the reason for that is: Perception. Miracles are not always easily identified, such as waving a hand over a diseased child and curing it of its illness. Try telling a young boy, starving and dehydrated from a lack of clean water, in some African village, that the gang of people wearing crosses around their necks, calling themselves missionaries and disciples of Christ, bringing fresh food and seeds for planting and clear water and equipment to drill wells, are not performing biblical miracles in his modern little life that was destined for a heart wrenching and premature demise. To him the missionaries were agents of Christ, doing his work as commanded, saving lives, preventing suffering and death. In our modern world, saving that child’s life, by those acting on behalf of Christ — does that qualify as miraculous?

Perception. Without the divine intervention of the missionaries in this boy’s life he surely would have passed from starvation or thirst or disease. But he was saved by disciples of Christ doing God’s divine work. So they didn’t perform a miracle by the waving of hands and make something magically appear or change. But they did use their hands commanded by their spiritual leader to bring food and water and to drill wells that significantly impacted human lives through divine intervention. And that constitutes a miracle in our known twenty-first century vernacular.

Perception. If we open our minds to the broader light that perception shines on such acts then yes, these events are congruent with our paradigms and beliefs, definitions and perceptions of faith and what is truly a miracle in our society.

The dictionary, any one, just pick the one you prefer, defines a miracle as: “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

For instance, since winter is coming, this year the Christian mission workers will be going out into the streets to work with the homeless and the hungry and the sick and these outreach workers will offer them safety and shelter and sustenance and these acts, done in the name of Jesus Christ, will fit the definition of a miracle; they will be manifestations God’s words, of his divine presence in our hearts and minds that compels us to target, impact and change human affairs.

Miraculous Healing

Pope John Paul II was canonized in 2011 due to prayers made by a Costa Rican woman, Floribeth Mora Diaz, the sufferer of an incurable brain aneurism. She claimed to have prayed to the deceased pope for her life and then said that she heard his voice tell her to get up and go to the kitchen to see her mother. Bed ridden with pain, Ms. Diaz managed to rise from her bed and did just what she was told to do by the pontiff and from that day on her illness vanished.

Perception. No magic hand waved over Ms. Diaz to cure her. Just the voice of a former pontiff who gave her instructions to get up and walk, something she was incapable of doing. For these instructions, and obviously a very special Christian full of divine value, John Paull II is now considered to be a saint.

Mother Theresa was made a saint after prayers were spoken to her by an Indian woman, Monica Besra, requesting to be cured from abdominal cancer. She was relieved of all evidence of the disease and lives cancer free today.  Again, in this example there are no special, divine theatrics, not even a voice was heard. An assumption of the spiritual power of prayer uttered to Mother Theresa quantified that a miracle had been performed on Ms. Besra.

Perception. Does a miracle have to save someone’s life? If a tidal wave rages through a shoreline and destroys everything in its path except the local church and a hospital, is that a miracle? Did God’s hands steer the tidal wave around the church and hospital knowing how badly they would be needed in the coming days?

If someone prays day and night for God’s intervention to be lifted from poverty and they win a lottery is that a miracle? Were prayers answered? Is the response by God to prayer a divine act of intervention in human affairs – which by definition is considered a miracle?

Our perception of divine intervention seems to be the method of calibration for determining the presence of a miracle in today’s society. And it seems to be connected to the broad definition of what a miracle is in our language. Also, if we analyze Christ’s charge to us to continue his work and pay particular attention to the words “He that believeth in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do” Jesus literally states that the teachings and miracles he had performed can and will be performed by everyone or anyone that believes in his deity and in the kingdom of God. Basically, that means we are all capable of performing miracles if we follow his example and live our lives according to his belief in us to do great things for our communities.

Many New Testament miracles are done daily in this world. If we combine the meaning of the word and our perception of the word’s potential then the easier it will be to look around our neighborhoods, read our newspapers or watch local, international news programs and pick out miraculous events occurring around us everywhere.

Perspective

My second daughter was born with a small hole in her heart and required surgery to keep her alive. It was a tense time and many prayers were said on her behalf. She turns nineteen this year and has never had another problem with her heart. Just this past Monday, my six year old grandson had surgery on his eyes to restore vision and correct ongoing problems with his eyes. One hundred years ago these two events would have been heralded as great modern day miracles. Today, some would call them wonders of modern medicine.

Our ever expanding technological abilities seems to have lessened what we now perceive to be miraculous but for my daughter and my grandson prayers were indeed answered and the result was, with the help of gifted physicians, two healthy, growing, learning, loving human beings that were healed, from my perspective, by the manifestation of divine acts.

So, as far as New Testament miracles being performed in our day and age, well, Monday’s surgery on my grandson’s eyes is about as contemporary as you can get.

Perspective. It either changes or affirms everything.

j. Alan Vokey is an author of essays, short stories, poetry and an online Illustrated Christian Blog. He is also a fine artist and illustrator. His work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and journals across North America. To learn more, visit his web site at: jalanvokey.weebly.com

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Does the Word Miracle mean the Same Thing Today as in Bible Times?

The subject of modern day miracles is a controversial one, to be sure. A subtle war is being held on several fronts between Christians who believe that God acts with overt miracles much as he did in Biblical days, and those who believe that – if God does any modern-day miracles – they are subtle ones intended for his purposes – not showy ones like the kind that prophets and apostles performed.

Signs and Wonders

The Miracles of scripture served a very specific purpose, related to the testimony of prophets. The benchmark for miraculous deeds was set by Moses. Asked by God to go and free his people from Pharaoh, Moses complained that no one would believe him. After this specific complaint, God gave Moses miraculous signs to perform in order to bear testimony that he spoke on behalf of God. Thereafter, practically every prophet of God did something miraculous in order to prove that they were speaking the words of the God of Abraham.

This was a principle well-understood by ancient peoples. Jesus, one may note, was asked on more than one occasion what sign he would give that he spoke the words of God. And in his day, Mohamed was asked for a sign that he was a prophet, and refused to give one.

Hence, for ancient peoples, Miracle was a word used to indicate a sign or wonder given by a prophet as proof they spoke for God. Frequently, the Miracles weren’t even particularly beneficial to the audience. Moses’ trick of turning his stick into a snake and vice-versa, had no purpose but to show he spoke for God. This as opposed to the parting of the Red Sea which both showed the power of God and became the penultimate event in the freeing of Israel from Egypt. Elijah’s trick of bringing on a drought and calling fire down from heaven did no one any good, but it definitely proved that there was a God in Israel.

Miracles as Blessings

The real difference came to pass in the days of Christ. No longer were miracles showy events meant more to impress than anything else – practically every miracle Christ performed was beneficial to the subject (with the possible exception of the cursing of the fig tree). In fact, when Mary insisted that Jesus do something about the wine situation at a party, Jesus chided her saying that his time had not yet come. Presumably he was saying that, since he had not begun his ministry yet, any miracles he performed would not serve the intended purpose of giving authority to his teachings.

Jesus freed people from demons, healed their illnesses, raised them from the dead and fed them when they were hungry.

After Jesus, the Apostles did the same: healing and casting out demons in order to show that they spoke on God’s behalf.

It is probably because of the nature of latter-day miracles that in the modern mind, a miracle is identical with a “blessing.” A person has a rapid recovery from a fatal illness, and it is praised as a miracle. A person is in a destitute situation, and they pray to God for a miracle. A person helps another in an unexpected way, and they are called a “miracle worker.”

Given his providence in human affairs, God is undoubtedly involved in these blessed and fortunate events, but it is difficult to argue that these are supernatural acts of God directly intervening in natural processes – and not God using natural processes in order to bring about some kind of blessing.

By the ancient definition the curses of God on the Egyptians as well as Jesus’ cursing of the Fig Tree were, by their definition, “miraculous.” They were also less than joyous and pleasant events.

In addressing the ancient definition of Miracles, Caleb Johnston – a member of The Mentionables Network – says:

“[The Modern definition of miracle is] Fairly straight-forward (at least it seems so to us), not so much in Hebrew. Keep in mind that Hebrew has a unique language feature: word meaning is often very dependent on context within the sentence. This feature makes a study on an English word very difficult but in the same way it raises interesting connection. So let’s take a look at a few words:

  • נֵס(nes) a standard, ensign, signal, sign
  • מוֹפֵת(mopheth) a wonder, sign, portent
  • אוֹת(oth) a sign
  • תִּמְהִין(temah) a wonder
  • מִפְלְאוֹת(miphlaah) a wondrous work
  • פֶּ֫לֶא(pele) a wonder
  • יָצָא(yatsa) to go or come out

…In English we find that the primary definition of miracle is somewhat dependent on the existence of a materialistic worldview. However, in Hebrew we don’t see this dependence. Instead we see that the focus is not directed towards the act as much as it is who is causing the said act.”

So in brief: yes. The ancient meaning of ‘Miracle’ was a sign from God. The modern definition is essentially an unlikely and fortunate occurrence that directly benefits someone.

Joel Furches is a writer who has worked for 15 years researching and writing on topics of religion. He has a BA in psychology and an MA in education. He can be found online at hubpages.com/@bombadere

 

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