How do the miracles of Jesus and healers differ?

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By BibleAsk Team


Understanding the differences between the miracles of Jesus and those attributed to faith healers requires examining their historical context, theological implications, and the nature of divine work. By exploring the characteristics, intentions, and outcomes of these two forms of miraculous healing, we can gain insight into their differences.

The Difference Between the Miracles of Jesus and Faith Healers

There are great differences between the miracles of Jesus and those that are claimed by some modern faith healers, some of which are:

  1. Jesus Christ healed everyone that came to Him without exception. “Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them” (Matthew 4:24, NKJV also Luke 4:40). By contrast, some modern faith healers pick who they will heal, not everyone is entitled for healing in their crusades.
  2. Jesus offered people complete healing. For example, the blind beggars in Matthew 20:34 were given full sight. And Peter’s mother-in-law was completely healed and she got up and served Jesus and His disciples (Mark 1:31). By contrast, some modern faith healers offer partial healings to people.
  3. Jesus healed people instantly. The centurion’s servant was healed the instant Jesus pronounced his healing (Matthew 8:13). The paralytic got up instantly and started to walk (Luke 5:24-25). By contrast, some of the modern day faith healers claim that their healing may be experienced gradually.
  4. Jesus performed miracles for many obvious diseases like blindness, deafness, paralysis, leprosy…etc. By contrast, some modern faith healers heal symptoms like back-pains, headaches, breathing complication…etc. where such healing can’t be proved beyond what one individual says.
  5. Jesus resurrected people from the dead: Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41-42), Lazarus, (John 11) and the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17). By contrast, modern faith healers do not even attempt such deeds.
  6. Jesus did not ask for money in return for healing. In fact, Jesus instructed His disciples, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8, NKJV). By contrast, some modern faith healers stress the giving of resources to obtain miracles and healing.
  7. Jesus was a perfect humble man (Luke 9:58). By contrast, some modern faith healers live lavish and luxurious life styles which is contrary to the spirit of self-sacrificing service that Jesus and His followers manifested.

Biblical Caution Regarding False Prophets

While the Bible affirms the reality of divine miracles and healings and the efficacy of faith, it also warns against false prophets and deceptive practices. Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV) records Jesus’ warning: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”

A false prophet is one who claims to be speaking for God when in reality he speaks only his own wicked thoughts (Isaiah 30:10; Jeremiah 14:13–15; 23:16, 17, 21, 25, 30–32, 38; 29:8, 9; Ezekeil 13:2, 3, 10, 11). The false prophets are those who profess that people can go to heaven by the broad gate and the broad way. They are the “thieves,” whose only purpose is to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:7–10).

Christians are encouraged to discern the authenticity of spiritual claims of miracles and to test the spirits to ensure they align with biblical truth. The Bible teaches, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

God does not want His children to be naive; He gives the church the gift of distinguishing between true and false spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10). The messages of teachers who claim they are speaking for God should be tested by the Scriptures. The Bereans gladly listened to Paul, but they studied the Scriptures to see whether he had been teaching truth (Acts 17:11). Paul urged his other converts to do the same (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

In conclusion, regarding the works of miracles, Christians are encouraged to exercise discernment and caution regarding the claims of miraculous healings and to test spiritual manifestations against the standard of biblical truth. Only by doing so, can the church resist the influences of false doctrine; only by doing so, can each believer have his faith founded upon God and not upon erring humans (1 Peter 3:15).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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