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Full Project – AN EXEGESIS OF MARK 5:25-34 AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALING

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ABSTRACT

Through this topic, the researcher discussed the implications of the exegesis of Mark 5:25-34 from divine healing in Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Iwosan, Ondo State. Unusual healing was highly and regularly recorded in the ministry of Jesus Christ, one of the fastest way man believes and accepts in world religions. Globally, healthy living is celebrated and even government spends much on it. Medical practitioners care while God cures; therefore, no physician could heal but God. Almost all world religions believe in healing. African traditional religion especially in Yoruba land is a close example in traditional religion. There are cults or movements which focus on sickness and healing. Traditional healers had been playing some roles in healing the sick before the advent of Christianity, which brought about Western medicine by medical missionaries. However, people were mixing religious method of healing with Divine healing, and people knowingly or unknowingly became ritualist in the name of Divine healing. This is common in Africa, even Christians are affected. A church can easily overflow when healing is constantly happening without caring about the source. A researcher recently discovered that those who are into traditional method of healing are into church business in order to get more customers. In this research, orthodox medical and African traditional perspectives on healing were discussed. The focus in this research is to discuss the Divine healing standard through scriptures for the church to emulate. The methodology used is the historical survey type combining library and field works. The library work patronized relevant books, journals, information from the internet. The research discussed and recommended scripturally based healing method.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

  • Background to the Study
  • Statement of The Problem
  • Purpose of The Study
  • Significance of The Study
  • Delimitation of The Study
  • Limitation of The Study
  • Research Procedure
  • Definition of Terms

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

2.1       The History of Healing

2.2       The Medical Perspective of Healing

2.3       The Religions Perspective of Healing

2.3       African Traditional Perspective of Healing (The Yoruba Example)

CHAPTER THREE: BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF DIVINE HEALING

3.1       In the Old Testament

3.2       In the New Testament

3.3       Exegetical Study of Mark 5:25-34

CHAPTER FOUR: AN EXEGESIS OF MARK 5:25-34 AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALNING AND DIVINE HEALING IN THE CONTEXT OF CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH AGBALA IWOSAN, ONDO, ONDO STATE

4.1       Brief History of Christ Apostolic Church World-wide.

4.2       The History of Christ Apostolic Church Agbala Iwosan Ondo.

4.3       Implications of Exegesis for Divine Healing Practice in Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Iwosan, Ondo.

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS ..92

5.1       Summary

5.2       Conclusion

5.3       Recommendation

APPENDICES…

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1       Background to the Study

Right from the fall of man: Adam and Eve, healing has been a necessity for every mankind, generation to generation, and this has been a primary demand. Therefore, everyone is in need of healing, either physical, mental, social and so on. Even most of the world religion believe in healing to cure diseases. Though, it shall be discussed later in the research. Presently, the church is facing a lot of problem, thus so many were healed in the church that is not divine. The question is, is it every healing services done in the church that is from God? And what are the people mind Set towards healing? The association of religion with medicine continued well into the eighteenth century. The Catholic Church had tried, from the time of the middle ages, to stop priests engaging in medicine for gain. The reformation had stopped Protestants from healing by means of sacraments which was regarded as popish by superstition (the age of miracles being thought to be long past). But, until the processes of secularization in eighteenth century began to reduce the significance of religion, Christianity remained a powerful force to be appealed when ill, rich and poor alike had recourse to religion even when they were using naturalistic medicine.[1]  There is nothing bad in naturalistic medicine but it has replaced God in the hearts of people.

The supernatural act which resolves a physical, emotional or spiritual problem is called divine healing and the supernatural element is God. Most of the major world religions believe in some supernatural healing to cure disease by countering black magic and casting out Jinn. Islam uses Rugya, Tibeton. Buddhists use GSO-waRigpa, which includes elements of medicine, mantra and meditation.[2]  Modern pantheism such as New Age philosophy or cosmic humanism use a wide variety of techniques from ancient religions and the occult. The most reliable, permanent and powerful among all these view of healing is divine healing which Christian believe in through the name of Jesus. Healing in the non-Christian religion’s view, requires a physical ritual to coerce a diety into action or to manipulate an impersonal healing force.

Healing (literally means to make whole) is the restoration of health from an unbalanced diseased or damaged organism with physical damage or disease suffered by an organism: Healing involves the repair of living tissue, organs and the biological system as a whole and resumption of normal functioning. It is the process by which the cells in the body regenerate and repair to reduce the size of a damaged or necrotic area and replace it with new living tissue. The gospel narrative is approximately one fifth of Jesus’ healing ministry. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people through a command.

The aim of this research is for people to know that using herbs and western medicine are parts of Dive healing. And everyone should depends on God for healing through the name of Jesus Christ than thrusting in healing elements created by God

1.2       Statement of the Problem

Divine healing is becoming a big problem in the church of God to the extent that many that were not gifted in divine healing are seeking it with evil forces. The researcher discovered that those who know herbs medicine or traditional method of healing are establishing churches for more customers in the name of membership. This practice has stained the church of God. Many notable healing were done which made people believe in things used for healing than the great healer (Jesus Christ). This research work attempts to address the questionable practice of healing in the name of Divine healing.

1.3       Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this research is to probe into the questionable approach to healing. The probing is to be done in the light of exegesis of the selected text using the platform of the church and the quest for her growth.

1.4       Significance of the Study

This research work is of great significance with the understanding that it will be beneficial to the following; Churches, Spiritual Leaders, Pastors, Teachers of the Word, Scholar and every individuals that desires to seek the truth.

1.5       Delimitation of the Study

The scope of this study is confined to the exegesis of Mark 5:25-34 and the Christ Apostolic Church, AgbalaIwosanOndo.

1.6       Research Procedure

The methodology in carrying out this research is the historical survey type approach. Using library and field works. The library work is done by reading textbook, Bible commentaries, Christian literatures, internet, library information, personal experience and sampling.

1.7       Limitation of the Study

Some challenges were encountered by the researcher when gathering relevant data due to logistics.

1.8       Definition of Terms

The researcher here gives common definition of some words that relate with the theme and body of this work.

Divine:

Divine is an adjective related to divinity is the state of things that are believed to come from a supernatural power such as the Supreme Being.

Healing:

It is the curing resulting in good health; promoting closure of wound and ulcers; also the process of a return to good health.

Health:

According to White Kevin, the earliest definition is attributed to Pericles in the fifth century which enable a person to face any crisis in life with the utmost grace and facility. At times health and healing are used interchangeably.

African:

A person from Africa, especially a black person.

Antibiotic:

A medicine that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms

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