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RobinApril 2, 2019

Somewhere I think I remember hearing or reading that Christ performed miracles because the people had the faith for those miracles. Take the woman with an issue of blood. Christ said her faith had made her whole. He didn't say he had made her whole, although she had faith in a correct thing, ie the power of the son of God. That comes to imply miracles are not wrought - even by Jesus - without faith. Does anyone have any reference for such a thing?

VardellMarch 30, 2019

I'm very surprised that you didn't mention Christ's most important miracles– His forgiving people of their sins and saving them spiritually. As wonderful as physical healing would be, being forgiven and spiritually changed by Christ is of far greater value. And there is evidence that Christ did both of these simultaneously. In the accounts of Christ healing others, forgiveness and healing seem to be given together. It is interesting that Christ gave the blind man sight, but then said, “thy faith hath saved thee” (Luke 18:42, emphasis added). In Mark 2:4-11 Christ told the man sick of palsy, "Son thy sins be forgiven thee." Then, when challenged by the scribes, He said, "Whether is it easier, to say to the sick thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, arise and walk?" Was He saying that simply by His word, He was saving physically and spiritually? From these scriptures, it seems that Christ does not heal one physically and leave them spiritually terminal. Is that what it means to be made "whole"?

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