More on magic and miracles

Magic Dr Faustus is not referring to illusions created by entertainers, but to supernatural acts performed by the individual. Christians believe that power to do magic comes from a force other than God. Individuals may acquire this power by using incantations, chants, spells and potions. Some magicians feel power comes from these rituals, while others, like Faustus, summon spirits or demons and thus acquire their power direct from Satan. Necromancy included the use of mediums and contacting the dead by other means.

Christians are not allowed to practise magic as it is expressly forbidden by the Bible: see Leviticus 17:7, 1 Timothy 4:1 and 2 Kings 17:14-17. However, in spite of the Church's disapproval, many Elizabethans believed in magic, in ghosts and in astrology and the idea of reading the future.

Miracles Unpredictable, a miracle overturns the usual rules of Nature, for instance by restoring sight or curing disease without the use of medicine or surgery, just as Jesus is recorded as doing in several places in the New Testament. Christians believe the power to perform miracles comes ultimately from God. Christians may ask for a miracle by using prayer, but it is understood the miracle is not performed by people but by God (John 14:12–14). Some Christians believe that miracles came to an end after the deaths of Christ and his disciples, and so no longer anticipate their occurrence. In the Bible, however, Christians are encouraged to ask for God's help in all circumstances: see Matthew 7:7-8, James 5:13 -18, Miracles

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