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Is it just a myth that people get healed in the name of Lord Jesus Christ?

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CalTex - Doug Morgan Profile

Faith healing has never been shown to be efficacious through repeatable tests under controlled conditions.  Due to this lack of evidence, I will continue to assume faith healing is a result of confirmation biases and trickery until proven otherwise.  If it truly worked, there would be no reason for infirmed true believers.  One proof I am waiting for is the regeneration of a missing limb through faith healing.

There was a medical study on the power of intercessory prayer, and the evidence would suggest that withholding prayer has a better chance of getting preferred results than does prayer. In 2006, a large, highly anticipated medical study regarding the power of intercessory prayer led by Dr. Benson (a high-profile proponent of the healing power of prayer) found that prayers offered by strangers resulted in 18% negative results in people recovering from heart surgery compared to only 13% negative results from the same type of patients who received no prayers (a 5% advantage to no prayer). However, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a rate of 59% post-operative complications compared to 51% for those who didn’t know (an 8% advantage to no prayer).

(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&)



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Frederick Fisk
Frederick Fisk commented
Very interesting. Might be either a coincidence, or the fact that the extra emotions made their hearts more active than they should have been.
CalTex - Doug Morgan
@Frederick: The article does say that those who knew they were being prayed for may have let their own regenerative powers down thinking that work was being done by others, which would account for their higher rate of complications.
Ty Hibb Profile
Ty Hibb answered

That is a very good question based on what is seen today. There are many imposters that are feeding on people because of what the bible said. Jesus coming to the earth was to change the manner in which his father was to be worshipped. To be accepted as such there was a need for miracles to confirm his position among people that were already worshipping God. After that confirmation was made their would no longer be a need to perform miracles such as the type that Jesus did when on earth. The scriptures said that would be the case

1Cor 13:8  - "Love never fails. But if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues,* they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we have partial knowledge+ and we prophesy partially, 10 but when what is complete comes, what is partial will be done away with.

Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

Faith, confidence and a positive attitude can all help the healing process.

This is the power of the human mind at work.

It has nothing to do with Jesus Christ (unless a belief in him helps you to work towards everything in the first sentence).

Believe what you wish to believe.

AnnNettie Paradise Profile

In some cases, outright fraud appears to be involved. For example, The Herald, a newspaper of Zimbabwe, reported on three individuals whom a famous faith healer heralded as having been cured. The paper exposed this as a fraud: “One child can still neither hear nor speak; one child was never deaf or dumb; and a woman, who was just deaf, still cannot hear.”

At times, faith healing appears to have a placebo effect upon the sufferer. In other cases—especially where a long period of time elapses before the cure manifests itself—it appears that the body’s natural healing mechanism is involved. In the book Science and the Paranormal, Dr. William Nolen claims that “about 80 percent of the patients who come to [an orthodox physician] have self-limited diseases—that is, diseases from which they will recover spontaneously.” With the passage of time, therefore, a faith healer can easily take credit for the cure.


Dash TwentyOne Profile
Dash TwentyOne answered

Yes, it is just a 'myth' that people get healed "in the name of the Lord".  No human alive, today, is truly healing people by means of God's "holy spirit", or in connection with Jesus.

No human can genuinely perform such acts. What they can do, however, is employ 'faith healing' as a means to avoid responsibility for those they can do nothing for, while taking credit for the excitable reactions of others, who frequently experience limited or temporary emotional relief, explainable improvements,  or simply become unduly enthusiastic.

But does this honor God or Christ? - neither of which, are 'faith healers.'

Although it is true, that the faith of certain individuals in the Bible, did have a bearing on the willingness of Jehovah to direct his spirit to heal them, that faith had nothing to do with whether or not they could be healed.

Jesus healed individuals who had faith, and individuals who did not.  And he healed them promptly and decisively, even restoring decaying body parts, when necessary.  And always remaining dignified, crediting his Heavenly Father.

Nor did Jesus commercialize his activity, and pursue financial support for a ministry, or compensation for personal efforts.

Jehovah, who is "holy"- or "clean" (Revelation 4:8)- does not devote his "spirit"- or "power"- to the stunts and antics of selfish, religious humans.

Jesus stated:  “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens, will."- Matthew 7:21:

Jesus also added:  "Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’ "- Matthew 7:22

So those attempting to "perform powerful works"  in Jesus' "name"- "your name"- and suggest that such stunts are evidence of their genuine ability, or of divine approval, are not familiar with either Jehovah or Jesus, who warned them to: "get away from me"!

Already, other's replies have noted 1 Cor 13:8, which points out that such activities have been suspended, pending Jehovah's future intervention in human affairs.

And that religious "fraud" is being perpetuated, worldwide.

"But wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse, misleading and being misled."- 2 Timothy 3:13

Some of these individuals may even sincerely believe in themselves and their activities, for Jesus pointed out that they go on "being mislead", as they mislead others.

But Jesus gave this warning: "Look out that nobody misleads you"!- Matthew 24:4

Are these individuals seeking their own religious glory, or do they not understand that Jesus' activity was merely an example of the real relief that is to come: "And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."- Matthew 24:14

...Once God intervenes in human affairs, one final time: "He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”- Revelation 21:4

This miracle of deliverance from human physical suffering, is no religious/commercial swindle, to be wholesaled out on unsuspecting people, who reach out for genuine relief and aid.

And no one is passed over, for not having enough 'faith'.

When the "end" comes, it is the name of "Jehovah" that will receive adoration, and it is the "Lamb" (Revelation 14:4)- Jesus- who will enjoy the honor of having fulfilled Jehovah's commission to heal and restore, the ailing human family.


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