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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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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