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In this miracle, Jesus cured a man with dropsy at the house of a prominent Pharisee on the Sabbath. Jesus justified the cure by asking: "If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?

In the Healing of the man with a withered hand miracle, [21] the Synoptics state that Jesus entered a synagogue on Sabbath , and found a man with a withered hand there, whom Jesus healed, having first challenged the people present to decide what was lawful for Sabbath— to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill.

The Gospel of Mark adds that this angered the Pharisees so much that they started to contemplate killing Jesus. The Healing the deaf mute of Decapolis miracle only appears in the Gospel of Mark. Specifically, Jesus first touched the man's ears, and touched his tongue after spitting, and then said Ephphatha! The Healing of Malchus was Christ's final miracle before his resurrection.

Jesus restored the ear by touching it with his hand. The Healing the Centurion's servant miracle is reported in Matthew and Luke John has a similar account at Capernaum, but states that it was the son of a royal official who was cured at a distance.

Jesus healing in the land of Gennesaret appears in Matthew and Mark As Jesus passes through Gennesaret all those who touch his cloak are healed. Matthew also reports that after the miracle of Jesus exorcising a mute , Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

According to the three Synoptic Gospels , Jesus performed many exorcisms of demoniacs. These incidents are not mentioned in the Gospel of John and appear to have been excluded due to theological considerations. The seven major exorcism accounts in the Synoptic Gospels which have details, and imply specific teachings, are:. All four canonical gospels describe the resurrection of Jesus ; three of them also relate a separate occasion on which Jesus calls a dead person back to life:.

Accounts of Jesus performing miracles are also found outside the New Testament. Later, 2nd century texts, called Infancy Gospels , narrate Jesus performing miracles during his childhood. Miracles performed by Jesus are mentioned in two sections of the Quran suras and in broad strokes with little detail or comment.

Miracles were widely believed in around the time of Jesus. Gods and demigods such as Heracles better known by his Roman name, Hercules , Asclepius a Greek physician who became a god and Isis of Egypt all were thought to have healed the sick and overcome death i. The first Gospels were written against this background of Hellenistic and Jewish belief in miracles and other wondrous acts as signs - the term is explicitly used in the Gospel of John to describe Jesus' miracles - seen to be validating the credentials of divine wise men.

Many Christians believe Jesus' miracles were historical events and that his miraculous works were an important part of his life, attesting to his divinity and the Hypostatic union , i. Christian authors also view the miracles of Jesus not merely as acts of power and omnipotence, but as works of love and mercy, performed not with a view to awe by omnipotence, but to show compassion for sinful and suffering humanity. Since according to the Gospel of John , [] it was impossible to narrate all of the miracles performed by Jesus, the Catholic Encyclopedia states that the miracles presented in the Gospels were selected for a twofold reason: first for the manifestation of God's glory, and then for their evidential value.

Jesus referred to his "works" as evidences of his mission and his divinity, and in John he declared that his miracles have greater evidential value than the testimony of John the Baptist. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.

In Christian teachings, the miracles were as much a vehicle for Jesus' message as his words. Many emphasize the importance of faith, for instance in Cleansing ten lepers , [Lk ] Jesus did not say: "My power has saved you" but said: [43] [44]. Similarly, in the Walking on Water miracle, Apostle Peter learns an important lesson about faith in that as his faith wavers, he begins to sink.

Christian authors have discussed the miracles of Jesus at length and assigned specific motives to each miracle, e. And that the miracle was specifically designed by Jesus to teach the apostles that when encountering obstacles, they need to rely on their faith in Christ, first and foremost. Authors Donahue and Harrington argue that the Daughter of Jairus miracle teaches that faith as embodied in the bleeding woman can exist in seemingly hopeless situations, and that through belief, healing can be achieved, in that when the woman is healed, Jesus tells her "Your faith has healed you".

Liberal Christians place less emphasis on miraculous events associated with the life of Jesus than on his teachings. The effort to remove superstitious elements from Christian faith dates to intellectual reformist Christians such as Erasmus and the Deists in the 15th—17th centuries. Attempts to account for miracles through scientific or rational explanation were mocked even at the turn of the 19th—20th century. Contemporary liberal Christians may prefer to read Jesus' miracles as metaphorical narratives for understanding the power of God.

The Scottish philosopher David Hume published an influential essay on miracles in his An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding in which he argued that any evidence for miracles was outweighed by the possibility that those who described them were deceiving themselves or others:.

Bart Ehrman states that what makes science possible is the assumption of the uniformity of the laws of nature, but given that miracles are by definition events that go against the usual way nature works, historians are virtually unable to confirm or refute reports of Jesus' miracles. According to the Jesus Seminar Jesus probably cured some sick people, [57] but described Jesus' healings in modern terms, relating them to "psychosomatic maladies.

Healing the deaf mute of Decapolis. Healing the blind at birth.

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Healing the Paralytic at Bethesda. The Blind Man of Bethsaida. The Blind man Bartimaeus in Jericho. Healing the Centurion's servant. Christ healing an infirm woman.

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The man with a withered hand. Cleansing a leper. Healing a man with dropsy. Healing the bleeding woman. Healing the paralytic at Capernaum. Healing in Gennesaret. Too bad there's only one bed, which obviously goes to John. Double too bad that the bed is full of bed bugs. How do the apostles know? Because John talks to them. Not the friends, the bugs :. I say unto you, O bugs, behave yourselves, one and all, and leave your abode for this night and remain quiet in one place, and keep your distance from the servants of God.

The next morning, when the group wakes up, they see a brigade of bed bugs standing patiently outside the door of the inn, waiting:. John invites the bed bugs back into the house, and they immediately crawl back into the bed and disappear into the crevices. Win-win for everyone. If The Acts of Peter are to be believed, Peter was like that kid who would eat hot sauce laced with dirt if you just dared him hard enough. He'd do anything to convince unbelievers he was a true representative of God, which kind of makes sense if you remember that Peter was the guy who denied even knowing Jesus three times the night before the Crucifixion.

He had a lot of making up to do. Just keep praying till I tell you to stop. Now, we're going to go more into this in a minute, but Peter had a bizarre grudge against a Jewish magician named Simon. Simon, according to Peter, was leading people astray and sullying God's name. In Peter's head, the whole Simon thing could be solved with a few miracles.

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Miracle One: Give a dog the voice of a man to send a warning. And Peter, seeing a great dog bound with a strong chain, went to him and loosed him, and when he was loosed the dog received a man's voice and said unto Peter: What dost thou bid me to do, thou servant of the unspeakable and living God? Peter said unto him: Go in and say unto Simon in the midst of his company: Peter saith unto thee, Come forth abroad, for thy sake am I come to Rome, thou wicked one and deceiver of simple souls.

And immediately the dog ran and entered in, and rushed into the midst of them that were with Simon, and lifted up his forefeet and in a loud voice said What he said was not important. He said what Peter told him to say, which, P. What's crazy is that this dog stands up to deliver the message. He stood up like people. This dog becomes the star of the show, which kind of plays out like a low-rent soap opera.

Hast thou taken thought so long, to say at last: 'Tell him that I am not within? And when the dog had said this he fell down at the apostle Peter's feet and gave up the ghost.

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He died. The dog died. And still the people weren't totally convinced Peter was the real deal. So Peter, Jesus' favorite fuckup, makes things right with another miracle. He looks around the room and, completely overlooking the fact that the greatest dog that has ever lived is lying dead right in front of him, notices a smoked herring or sardine, depending on the translation in the window and asks the crowd if he should resurrect it:. If ye now see this swimming in the water like a fish, will ye be able to believe in him whom I preach?

The crowd agrees that seeing a dead fish swim would be enough of a sign for them to believe Peter. So Peter steps over the dead dog, grabs the fish, and throws what is undoubtedly someone's supper into a bath. It immediately starts swimming. The next thing you know Talking, walking dog, not so much. A resurrected fish?

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Truly your God is the one and only true God. Most of us have seen enough church to know the story of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. He's buried in a tomb, which is kind of like a cave with a big rock in front of it.

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Three days after his death, there's a great commotion, and one or two angels come down from heaven to roll away the stone blocking the tomb. Jesus emerges and proceeds to rock history with his message. Of these, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is outstanding, with every inch of wall and ceiling gorgeously gilded and decorated — a complete contrast to the austerity of the cathedral interior.