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Did they ever have power? Relics, like people, do not have power. The power comes from God. If you have faith that God can heal, He will reward your faith. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a ...


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Two salient facts should inform the reasoning: At the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus was shown to be in league with the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah). Elisha had asked to receive a "double share" of Elijah's gifts - and that was granted. Elisha performed many of the same miracles that had accompanied Elijah's ministry. Jesus, then, was shown to ...


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It is always better to admit you don't know than to make something up, especially when it comes to speaking about God! The idea that God fills in the gaps of our knowledge with his miracle super powers is called the 'God of the Gaps.' It has the problem of making God look like he decreases while our knowledge increases. It also does not adequately account ...


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There is no official Vatican online reference to this alleged miracle, so I did some basic research. The first thing I noticed is that the details of the 1996 miracle vary according to the source of the story, with at least three variants as to where the host was found. This is typical of urban myths, but by itself that is not enough to disprove the story....


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None of the four Gospels record Jesus performing a miracle prior to his temptation in the wilderness. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record Jesus' baptism and immediately follow it with his temptation in the wilderness. John does not mention the temptation: after Jesus's baptism, he begins calling his disciples and then performs "the first of his signs" – the ...


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Jesus was supposed to be a man of the people- that is, someone focussed on helping people get from day to day. Why do you think so? Jesus came to redeem people by his suferring and death. Not to make their life comfortable. Jesus lived in the middle-east, where there's not much water Water was not scarce in Jesus's place and during his time. I don't know ...


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No explicit reason for Abram's victory is given, but the surrounding context can give some clues: Genesis 14:8-11 ESV Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, ...


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It is quite explicitly mentioned as a miracle from God. How else can verse 16 be interpreted? For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. I've highlighted "the jar" and "the jug", both singular. And it says, in keeping with the word of the Lord. So this ...


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Earlier in John is a verse that could potentially help provide an answer to your question: Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” - John 6:29 NIV Another verse in John a little later (after the resurrection) gives further insight: Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those ...


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All the miracles haven't gone, rather The Miracle has come. John 1:14 (ESV) 14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. All your questions come down to this. The incarnation of Christ changed the tangible state of our relationship to God. The ...


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The next verse, Luke 8:26, places the event: They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. Galilee is on the west side of the Sea of Galilee, which means that the Gerasenes were likely on the east side.


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I will represent the Roman Catholic position on the verse. Historically, St. Thomas Aquinas noted that this verse provided an example of Jesus' healing of sin. He cites St. Augustine for the interpretation that the blind man represents the human race. Sin is the spiritual blindness. When Jesus heals the blind man and allows him to see the light, he ...


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You need to read the rest of the passage. Verse 14 reads: For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” Thus we can assume that once the rain came, and there was no longer a need for the flour and oil to be provided directly ...


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Acts 28:27 (Matt 13:15 is almost identical) For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Romans 11:8 (According as it is written,...


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Yes, Mormons believe in gifts and miracles of both spiritual and physical healing in these days. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a talk in 2010 called Healing the Sick. The whole talk is relevant to your question but here's a snippet (not sorry for making it essentially my whole answer): Latter-day Saints believe in ...


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It depends on the mentality of the person. When Protestants hear some miracles happening from the Roman Catholic side, the 3 most common reactions are - Joy: When I hear a catholic healing others in the name of Jesus, I praise God and simply say, "Wow! God still loves the Roman Catholic Church!". Criticism: Some protestants who deem the RCC as the Anti-...


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The Bible often uses the word sleep to refer to those who are dead, especially those who are going to be resurrected to life. So I think Jesus meant that the girl was not dead forever, without hope. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning (Psalm 90:5) Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will ...


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I had heard about NASA finding a missing day that proved that the earth stood still, however it does not seem to be true. There does not seem to be any evidence other than the Word of God, and I cannot see how there really would be evidence of this.


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The Catholic Haydock Commentary on this verse says: Ver. 3. When Christ says that neither he nor his parents had sinned, we must not understand that he was born without original sin, nor even that he had not committed other sins. For both he and his parents had sinned; but the meaning is, that this blindness was not a penal blindness inflicted in ...


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The magicians of Pharaoh performed miracles, copying Moses' works when Moses was sent to Egypt to deliver Israel. And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. Exodus 7:22 [KJV] Jesus warns that : Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we ...


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The simplest answer is that our acceptance of a recorded miracle is contingent on whether we think that record is accurate or not. As a Christian I personally believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and so I accept that the miracles it describes did actually happen. I do not believe the Quran was inspired by God. There is therefore no ...


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It is important to distinguish between cessation of spiritual gifts being bestowed on individuals, and cessation of all miraculous events entirely. Cessationists consider the first case (individual bestowment of spiritual gifts) to have ceased, but not all miraculous events entirely. See B. B. Warfield's Counterfeit Miracles, in the section titled Faith ...


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Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. So he brought back all the goods,...


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If you look at "greater" works as meaning quantitatively (making disciples, the work of the Great Commission) and not qualitatively (raising the dead, walking on water), then it explains itself. Jesus goes to the Father and sends the Spirit into His body (the believers), which serves to broaden Jesus' reach throughout the world by the means of his followers. ...


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Yes. Miracles for beatification or canonisation do not have to be medical. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican investigative body, only retain, on a general basis, medical experts, but can consult other technical expertise, as well as medical specialists, when needed. Another stage in the process of validating a miracle is considering ...


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Denial of miracles is one characteristic of the heresy of Modernism. Doctors of the Church did not deny the miraculous nature of the multiplication of the loaves: The multiplication of the loaves was not effected by way of creation, but by an addition of extraneous matter:The multiplication of the loaves was not effected by way of creation, but by an ...


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In John 6:29, "Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'" Jesus did not do His healing works merely for the sake of healing. He came to restore faith in God as an expression of repentance. His ongoing message was, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand" (Mark 1:15). He wasn't sent as a humanitarian to fix ...


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I think it will be hard to draw a straight line between biblical accounts which are most often painted with a brush of possession and things which nowadays are labeled addiction. The closest I've been able to come is with behaviors categorized as self-harm which Psychiatrists are beginning to understand as a form of addiction. If that is the case then the ...


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