Credibility of miracles

Would it be true to say that miracles require faith in God and Jesus?

Agree:

  • Faith is always necessary for healing in the gospels - we can see this every time Jesus healed someone. It was their faith in Jesus that made people well – eg a woman with severe bleeding showed faith and her faith saved her.
  • Prayer strengthens a person’s belief, allowing miracles to happen.
  • Miracles take place today when we have faith - eg there have been 69 certified cures in Lourdes (a small town in France where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared).

Disagree:

  • Miracles strengthen faith. Therefore the miracle has to happen first and then a person will trust and have faith (although some may find it hard to accept that miracles happen and consider it to be luck or a coincidence).
  • Having great faith does not mean miracles always happen.

Miracles still happen today

Agree:

  • People have been written off by doctors who say that they only have a certain length of time to live. Yet some of these people have made a full recovery.
  • There have been 69 cases in Lourdes where science and medicine cannot explain why the person has made a full recovery. These people have been healed because of their faith in the miraculous water of Lourdes.

Disagree:

  • Only doctors can cure us. It’s a waste of money going to somewhere like Lourdes exepcting a miracle cure, because they just don’t happen.
  • People today do not place any importance on religion anymore so they don’t have faith or pray, therefore miracles can’t happen.
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