Miracle Healing and Spiritual Warfare in Christianity
Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It has more than two and a half billion followers worldwide, and is the world’s largest religion.
One of the most prominent characteristics of Christianity is its emphasis on conversion. A charismatic Christian is one who actively pursues evangelism and remains in faith despite opposition from others. Some Christians have the gift of healing. But the Bible does not say that all believers have this gift.
According to the Fundamentalist Movement, the biblical teachings of the apostles and the prophets do not teach that all Christians can speak in tongues. In fact, the Apostles’ miracles were primarily meant to point to them as messengers of God.
The Fundamentalist Movement states that it is not acceptable for believers to use demonic spirits to harm others. It cites a discussion among an official working group of evangelicals as the basis for its statement.
Although the apostles did not do miracles of nature like walking on water or healing the sick, they did possess a unique apostolic gift: the power to cast out demons. However, the gift was limited and largely ceremonial.
Spiritual warfare is the battle between Christians and the forces of darkness. This battle is centered on prayer, and includes apocalyptic visions and a focus on enemies. While there is a great deal of debate about how the Bible defines spiritual warfare, a number of ideas are common across religious traditions.