The Importance of Miracle Healing in Christianity
The New Testament teaches that baptism is an important part of becoming a Christian. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter gave the masses instruction on how to receive salvation: “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” This process is a requirement for receiving the Holy Spirit. Similarly, on the Day of Acts, the apostle Paul was led to Christ by Ananias, who exhorted him to repent and be baptized. Paul was baptized as well, and called on Jesus’ name.
Christians are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to help others. One of the great missionary gifts of the Holy Spirit is speaking in another language. Acts 2:13 records that three thousand people were saved on that day by people who spoke the gospel in their own native dialect. People who have this gift are referred to as “evangelists,” and they are commissioned to preach the gospel in that person’s native tongue. Those who speak in tongues are called “missionaries,” and they are called to go into the world and share the gospel.
During the early church, apostles preached the gospel to many people and healed diseases. They also raised the dead and cast out demons. According to the Book of Acts, this was an important part of the ministry of the apostles. The apostles were given healing powers by Jesus. Similarly, church leaders were supposed to pray for the sick. James 5:13-16 describes this practice. However, some people claim they are a miraculous healer.