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Do holy relics lose power over time?

Do holy relics lose power over time? It seems as if holy relics account for fewer miracles than in times past. The handkerchiefs of Paul had incredible power to heal (Acts 19: 12). Today one seldom ...
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What is the significance of Jesus' spitting on the ground in the book of John?

Why does Jesus spit on the ground and make clay to anoint the blind man's eyes? What does this represent? Is the need to wash the anointing off significant? John 9:6-7 NIV After saying this, he ...
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Did Jesus perform a single miracle before his fast and temptation?

Did Jesus perform a single miracle before his 40 day fast and temptation by the Devil?
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Why don't young-earth creationists just explain things (usually considered as miracles) as miracles?

I've observed some young-earth creationists attempt to link the worldwide flood of Noah's day with melting icebergs. While not critical of the science behind such an explanation, I would really like ...
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Where can I find official documents of Buenos Aires' Eucharistic Miracle?

I want to study the Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Buenos Aires, 1996. Does someone know if there are some official documents of the Vatican, or another Catholic Church authority? I just find ...
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How do Protestants view “Catholic” miracles, such as those that attest to a saint?

An important part of Catholicism is the canonization of saints in the present day. One of the criteria for canonization is the confirmation of miracles associated with the would-be saint. In ...
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What does the account of pigs and demons mean?

Luke 8 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go ...
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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

There are a number of groups who believed that after the time of the Apostles, God withdrew miracles from the world (please correct me if that is the wrong understanding). But the book of James ...
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Did the pool of Bethesda have healing powers? [closed]

Recently while reading John 5 with my wife's family, we had a discussion about whether the pool of Bethesda really had healing powers. Some said the story is written as if the pool really could heal: ...
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In a Eucharistic miracle, do the communicants still partake of the sacrament?

In the miracle of Lanciano in the eighth century, not only the substance but also the accidents of the bread and wine became that of flesh and blood. Chemically, it was identical to human flesh and ...
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Why or where were the 1000s of people who knew Jesus, why didn't they help [closed]

In several passages of the bible Jesus healed, drove demons out, forgave, cured, and showed compassion to thousands of people. He lifted a girl who was dead to her feet, and many more were supposedly ...
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What is the message of Matthew 9:5?

Matthew 9:1-8 (NIV) 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, ...
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What evidence exists for post-Biblical miracles? [closed]

I think any Christian will agree that real-life miracles happened at the time of the Old and New Testament. I've also heard that modern day miracles are more common in developing countries than they ...
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Do miracles violate the laws of physics? [closed]

I asked a Christian today whether he believed that Jesus turning water into wine literally happened, or was just a metaphor. He said it literally happened, and also that other miracles literally ...
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Are there any documented instances of anyone moving a mountain in faith?

Jesus said we could tell mountains to move (Matthew 17:20), if only we had faith as small as the size of a mustard seed. Has this ever happened? If so, has it been documented or is there any evidence? ...
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Do Catholics really believe in contemporary miracles?

I know beatification requires a miracle. And, I keep reading statements like this, "On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified ...
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Literal or legend: how do Catholics treat non-Biblical miracles? [duplicate]

I am aware that I lack expertise on this topic sorry if the question is badly worded. There are a lot of reported miracles of the saints in Catholicism reported hundreds of years after Jesus' life, ...
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Did Jesus perform miracles as a child?

I heard that there are some early books which tell of Jesus performing some miracles when he was a child. What are those books? And what are the miracles described in those books? Are descriptions ...
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Why is the miracle of raising the dead often noted as being done privately?

Elijah takes the widow's son upstairs and later returns the son to the widow downstairs so its assumed she wasn't with him during the miracle. Peter closes the door of the room as well. Elisha is ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying one won't be healed if they lack sufficient faith?

I've heard it said in discussion with teachers in a Pentecostal church, "If you pray and believe, God will heal you." The teaching seems especially motivated by passages like Mark 5:34 and Mark 10:52 ...
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Why did Jesus protest before performing his first miracle?

In John 2:1-12 we read of Christ's first miracle, turning water into wine. Before he performs his miracle, though, he says to his mother: “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour ...
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Any non-exorcism style of healing miracles recorded in the Scripture? [closed]

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Is there any non-exorcism style of healing miracles(nothing like resurrection of Lazarus but ...
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Need clarification on the story about Zacharias & Elizabeth

Although the story about Zacharias & Elizabeth is great, the details are not clear. so that here are my stupid questions. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is ...
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Elijah “The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail” miracle or not?

In 1 Kings 17:14 we have the following passage (NV): ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” Now every single ...
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From a biblical perspective, Who performs a miracle - the person or God?

In answering a question about kenosis, I said that Jesus emptied himself of his divinity, essentially, "giving up the perks of being God." Hammar replied, "but he still performed miracles, didn't he?" ...
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How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?

Trouble began (in Genesis) when the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah (and their allies) rebelled against their overlord, Chedoloamer, who swept down on them with an avenging army, killing or capturing ...
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Did Jesus help drunk people in Cana to be even more drunk?

This question have a bunch of subquestions. Not sure whether I should split that. People in Canae are drinking "Oinos" (which could mean wine/beer/grape juice). The party goers seem to prepare enough ...
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She is only sleeping

Luke and Matthew tell of when Jesus brought a young girl back to life. Before he did it however, Jesus says to the people that the girl is only sleeping: Luke 8:52 Meanwhile, all the people ...
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Humans doing miracles

Jesus says quite a few times that if you have enough faith you can do anything. Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what ...
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Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God? [closed]

I'll put my frustrations as concisely as I can. I would really appreciate all below points being addressed to some extent. Why are things not the way they were? In the old testament, literally ...
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If God wants everyone to repent, why God didn't do such miracles in Tyre and Sidon?

Matthew 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. If so and ...
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Why did Jesus turn water into wine? [closed]

It just occurred to me that Jesus lived in the middle-east, where there's not much water. Alcohol dehydrates you by making you pee more, and Jesus was supposed to be a man of the people- that is, ...
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Why didn't Jesus want the demon possessed people to tell who he was?

So Jesus healed great numbers of sick people who had many different kinds of diseases, and he ordered many demons to come out of their victims. But because they knew who he was, he refused to allow ...
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Did Christ Jesus make Peter walk on water?

Did Peter literally walk on water by his own faith or did Christ Jesus make that miracle happen? Matthew 14:29 NET So he said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came ...
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Jonah and the Whale - Is there any scientific proof that it is possible to survive in the belly of whale? [closed]

The book of Jonah records that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a great fish (possibly a whale). And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of ...
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Do we know which sea Jesus calmed?

Preparing for a service at our church, I was reading Luke 8:22-25 when Jesus was asleep in the boat, is woken by his disciples and calms the storm. The same story is also told in Mark 4:35-41 and ...
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How could the Egyptian magicians do what God did through Moses?

In Exodus when God performed miracles through Moses and Aaron, the Egyptian magicians did the same things that God did, How is that possible ? The first time: Exodus 7:10-13 So Moses and ...
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Do any independent sources exist mentioning Jesus' miracles performed and the people He performed them on?

I'm aware that there are credible historical texts that reference Jesus and His general path, independent of the Bible. However, I'm curious to know, do any of those specifically describe the ...
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Why did Jesus not want people to talk about his healing?

There are numerous instances in the gospels of Jesus healing someone, and then Jesus in some form or another instructing them to keep silent about it. One example, in Matthew 9:27-31 27 As Jesus ...
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Can the demons perform miracles? [closed]

I've heard that people validate miracles that have occurred because someone prayed to a dead person. This way they consider them as if they came from God, but unfortunately, giving more importance to ...
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What are the arguments for and against miracles performed by Jesus? [duplicate]

There are several instances in the Bible where miracles performed by Jesus have been mentioned. I was wondering what are the arguments for and against these accounts. Did Jesus actually perform ...
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Why are there so many modern saints?

Seems every man and his dog is qualifying for sainthood these days. Pope John Paul II canonised 483 saints, more saints than in the last 500 years. Is this because - modern science has advanced to ...
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Why are some miracles hard to explain and some are not?

Here is a related question but they are not the same Do miracles violate the laws of physics? Looking at most miracles in the bible, they can be explained based on what we already understand ...
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How do Cessationists expect people to believe without seeing miracles today?

Classical Cessationism asserts that the "sign gifts" such as prophecy, healing and speaking in tongues ceased with the apostles and the finishing of the canon of Scripture. They only served as ...
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How was Judas Iscariot, as the son of perdition, able to work miracles and cast out demons?

The Scriptures describe Judas Iscariot in terms that certainly indicate that he was never a true follower of Jesus: The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by ...
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Did the sun and the moon really stop rotating? [closed]

Or, the better question is: did the earth really stop rotating? Joshua 10:12-14 New International Version (NIV) 12: On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to ...
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Are there any traditions that believe in the complete cessation of miracles?

As I have learned from this question of mine, the general consensus is that Cessationists do not believe in the cessation of all miracles. This lead me to wonder what to call the people that do ...
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Do Cessationists believe that there are no modern miracles?

The general concept of Cessationism that I have is that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not given these days, having fulfilled their purpose nearly 2000 years ago. What I'm not sure about is whether ...
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Why are we not seeing miracles in our lives? [closed]

I am wondering why we as Christians are not seeing those great miracles of old and as promised in Mark 11 vs 17 & 18. Or is it we are failing short or miracles were for a specific period?
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Luke 8: Telling others - What's the difference between Jesus driving out demons & healing Jairus's daughter

In Luke 8, the man freed from the Legion demons is told by Jesus not to follow him, but to tell everyone round about. But later, Jesus heals Jairus's daughter and tells the family not to tell anyone. ...