Faith Healing

Faith Healing

Katlyn Giancola 11/20/2008 Dr. Hunter Faith Healing Your newborn baby won’t stop crying in the middle of night due to an extremely high fever. What do you do? Most of us would pick of the phone and call the pediatrician or rush our child to the nearest hospital, but not of all us have to same views on how to control our child’s illness. Christian Science believers as well as many other religious groups would turn to prayer or faith healing. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary faith healing is defined as “a method of treating diseases by prayer and exercise of faith in God.” In other words, they chose to place all faith in God when faced with an injury or illness rather than turning to medicine. Many promote the idea of faith healing based on biblical references and faith, seeing it as an alternative to modern medicine. In Isiah53 verse 5, “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.” This verse demonstrates that when both sin and sickness came into the world God has the power to remove both because He not only died for our spiritual healing but for our physical healing as well. With the need for physical healing, as interpreted from John 14:12 God granted every believer the power in which they can perform miracles and the ability the heal through faith, “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 (Heikoop 35,36).” With biblical evidence, it becomes easier to understand why so many people practice this alternative treatment. Although everyone is capable of being a healer, not only to themselves but also to others, they may seek some guidance from outside sources. In Christian Science, a practitioner is available for assistance in one’s search for good health. Christian Science isn’t the only religious group who practices prayer...