The History of Miracle Healing in Christianity
Christianity is a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the world’s largest religion with 2.38 billion followers.
Many Christians believe that God heals. This belief stems from the fact that the Gospels describe numerous miracles performed by Jesus. They include healing blind men, lepers, paralyzed people, and raising the dead.
Healing is also linked to the proclamation of the Christian gospel. When a sick person asks a prayer, the church leaders have the opportunity to point to one or more miracles.
For instance, when Jesus healed a man who was mute, he gave him an audible speech. The man shouted praises to Jesus. In the case of an epileptic, he was freed from a demon.
In the first century, Jesus healed sick people in Galilee. He also told his disciples to free the crippled from the unclean spirits.
Church leaders limited the scope of this miracle. The apostles had the power to raise the dead, but they were not able to perform such miracles as walking on water.
As a result, the miracles of the church were more practical than the miraculous. Ordinary Christians began to pray for the sick in the grocery store, in the hospital, and in their bedrooms.
As the church grew, so did the number of new converts. Every generation for three centuries, the church added half a million new believers.
In the twelfth century, the anointing of the sick with oil became a sacrament. During this time, the primary purpose of healing shifted from a compassion for the sick to a need to prove the holiness of those praying.