Miracle Healing in Christian Theology
Christian theology has evolved from its origins in ancient Egypt. The Christian faith combines faith in God and healing as two separate, but related concepts. In the fourth century, the Church began to experience a rapid growth in numbers, with its members rising from five to thirty million. During this period, Christianity underwent a transition from persecution to state sponsorship. However, many new converts were not genuine believers, and instead turned to pagan rituals and gifts as a way to achieve a higher status in life.
The New Testament teaches that baptism is a vital part of becoming a Christian. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter explained to the masses how they would receive salvation: “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” After repentance, Christians receive the Holy Spirit. Similarly, the apostle Paul was led to Christ by an angel named Ananias. Ananias urged Paul to be baptized and proclaimed Christ’s name.
The Bible is chock full of first-hand accounts of God’s miraculous working in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. This is reflected in the New Testament’s ‘Acts’ section, which contains first-hand witness accounts of divine miracles. Paul also wrote epistles about physical supernatural events.