Faith Healings: Do They Truly Occur Today?

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Faith Healings: Do They Truly Occur Today? In the 21st century, the topic of faith healings is common. Pentecostal churches, as well as many others, avidly promote the idea that spiritual healings are important and Biblical. Many evidences are given to support their teachings, both from Bible passages and from everyday life. On the other hand, evidences are also given that contradict faith healings. Examining both sets of evidences, it becomes clear that “faith healing”, as the term is used today, is not Biblical and therefore not reliable. A faith healing, according to Merriam- Webster’s dictionary is “a method of treating diseases by prayer and exercise of faith in God (” In other words, it is avoiding the use of medicine, and curing an illness with faith instead. Supporters of faith healings have three main arguments that they use to back up their beliefs (Jackson 84). They base the first one on a passage in Isaiah 53 (Gelpi 28). Verse 5 of this chapter says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (I Peter 2:24 is also used because it says the same thing.) Faith healers and those who support them believe that at the fall, both sin and sickness came into the world, and that God now needs to remove both. They claim that these passages prove that Christ died not only for our spiritual healing, but also for our physical healing. The second argument for faith healing comes from John 14:12 (Heikoop 35). This passage reads: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” Many Pentecostals and the like interpret the word “works” as “signs”, and say Jesus is telling them that every
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