Luke, being a doctor and a gentile, tends to focus on healing stories and outcasts. He tells us of various people being healed, resulting in them being accepted back into the community. Section C It is hard to say whether healing miracles happen today. As I said in section A, there are two main differing definitions of what is meant by the term 'miracle', which it what makes it difficult to decide either way. Christians today would say that if they have prayed and asked God to cure a particular person and they are cured, then it is indeed a miracle.
Although the Bible does not actually mention euthanasia it does teach Christians about the sanctity of life and the values of humanity so a Christian may draw on these teachings as suggested in section A, when discussing euthanasia. A Christian would therefore use these teachings to try and work out how God would want them to live life. Some Christians may also use Church teachings when responding to the question of euthanasia. This is especially true for Roman Catholics who may also look to the Pope and Bishops. Many Christians may also look to Jesus and the example he set to Christians through his life and teachings in the gospels, because the teaching of Jesus lies at the heart of Christian ethics.
They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel. Mark does include what it means to be a disciple in his gospel, particularly, why Jesus chose disciples to be with him. When Jesus sends out the apostles for missionary work, he gives them three things that they must do. They must preach repentance, cast out devils, and anoint the sick. The preaching of repentance was particularly important for the disciples as they were to spread the good news which was that if one does truly repent, then they will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God.
He sums this up in Matthew 11: 4-6 where it describes how Jesus came to heal the blind, help the needy, raise the dead and preach the good news to the poor. In this ministry the kingdom of God was being displayed and active in the life of Jesus. If Jesus could implement this kingdom view when he was living life with the disciples, I believe that this should be the view of the church and missions. Christians need to believe that our God is more powerful and can still provide miracles for those in need in our present culture and context. As Jesus told the Pharisees, He will drive out the demons and that the kingdom of God would be near.
Healing is a major theme in the Christian faith, causing many to seek spiritual guidance when they or a loved one are suffering, to look to God as a healer. Reverend Dr. Harris preaches in her sermons about the healing power of God and the way people have been healed by him. Using Geertz’s theory of religion as a system of symbols, Reverend Dr. Harris’ portrays the use of christian religious symbols as they relate to their ability to heal the sick. Of the many symbols used in her sermons, Rev. Dr. Harris points out two examples that stand out among the others: the first being holy oil, as used to heal by the laying on of hands and anointing; the second being Christ himself, being a symbol of the healing power of God.
The Church of England disagrees with abortion but gives exceptions in extreme circumstances such as the mother’s health is at risk. The Church feels a foetus should “be nurtured, supported and protected” as quoted by General Synod and therefore feel it is their responsibility to try and persuade a mother to keep the child offering help. Others feel that as Christian’s they should show compassion and support the woman with her choice whether they agree or disagree. No Christian believes that abortion is wanted. Christians see Children as a blessing from God and therefore most Churches believe that some types of fertility treatments ... ... middle of paper ... ... have no other choice and as Christians they need to stick up for the defenceless.
As with abortion, those Christians who are willing to accept euthanasia under certain circumstances do so out of compassion. Jesus taught that people should love others as much as they love themselves. This is Christian love (agape) or compassion. Some Christians might argue that in sometimes, the most loving thing to do is to allow a person to die. Christians usually prefer the alternative of the hospice movement.
The other common thread through all of them was praying to God as he is/was considered the one who ultimately would heal, as healers are simply interventor (mediums) and the earthly elements the aides to assist the healing. The start of the process to heal is similar to a traditional doctor. The patient will go in and speak of their symptoms based on that the healer begins to cure. Don Pedrito woul... ... middle of paper ... ...Jose%u0301 B. Gonzalez. "Curandera."
Moreover, the Mormons assert that faith healing is a ritualistic and an overt practice of communal gestures, which includes laying hands on a sick person and praying for them. Importantly, these activities are claimed to beseech divine intercession in initiating literal and spiritual healing (Ankerberg, Weldon & Burroughs, 2009). On the same note, the church believes that healing occurs after priesthood blessings, although they also believe that it takes place through prayer accompanied with fasting. They attribute healing to the power of God, but they seek proper medical help when symptoms persist. It is worth noting that Mormons offer testimonies of being healed after being touched by the priesthood and the priesthood giving them a blessing (Ankerberg, Weldon & Burroughs,
Protestants do not believe in trans-substantiation, they do believe though that the bread and wine symbolises Christians' unity with Christ in his death and in his Resurrection. What we have in common though is the importance of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection. It strengthens our faith and calls us to pass on our faith to others, therefore the Christian faith survives. The Suffering, Death and Resurrection have significance for Christians today, particularly in times of suffering and need. The suffering of Jesus supports us through our own suffering, as we know we are not alone, Jesus suffered too.