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Journal 3

How can Jesus’s ‘Miracles’ be interpreted in a non-theological way?

This was a very interesting topic brought up in class, and one that I had not put
much thought into previously. I had always just thought of the bible as nothing more
than a story, a work of fiction; I was aware that Jesus Christ was a real person but I
did not take the time to interpret his ‘miracles’ in any sort of fathomable way. One of
these miracles is his healing touch: “Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or
countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they
might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.”
(Mark 6:56) From a theological point of view this is essentially saying that the people
asked Jesus if he would heal the sick, if he would touch them and cure their ailments, he
did just this; everyone that touched him was healed. An important thing to note is that,
according to the bible, Jesus really did heal these people; he healed their sicknesses…
but did he actually? Upon reading this passage from an irreligious point of view, one can
begin to decipher what it may really mean. Jesus did heal these people, this is
something that was brought up in class, and something I fully agree with, but he did not
heal their bodies, he healed their minds. At this time in history the sick were
condemned, untouched by other humans, quarantined and cut off from the rest of
society. When Jesus touches them he is not healing their wounds or their diseases, but
he is giving them piece of mind, showing them that they are not bad people, they should
not be condemned to die, above all else he is showing them that it is not their fault.
Another miraculous example
from the bible is from Mark
4:35-41, wherein Jesus and
his disciples encounter a
storm at sea. The disciples
were terrified of death, and
they wondered why Jesus
was not so. To this, Jesus
“got up, rebuked the wind
and said to the
waves, “Quiet! Be
still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39) Again, Jesus is
not literally calming the sea, this is a ridiculous thought and not accurate when
considering a non-theological view of the world. What he does in fact calm is the minds
of his disciples. Jesus was a very smart man and had an amazing ability to heal people
through his speech, and that is exactly what he did.