“We think we can buy healing. People of faith do it with earnest prayer; others of us do it with private doctors or alternative healers, fitness regimes and juicing. Of course, sometimes, for some people, it works, and their stories persuade us that it will work for all. Whether by prayer or our own efforts, we want to believe healing is within our control.
“But we can’t buy healing, at least not from God.
“Can God heal miraculously? Yes.
“Does he always? No.
“Does he often? No. (That’s why they’re called miracles, not “everyday”.)
“Is this something we can control—by our devotion, our faith, our money? No.
“If it were something we could control, it would not be a miracle but a transaction. It turns God into a corrupt salesman who can be bribed.”
I’m (controversially?) blogging on faith healing today at the Mudroom – won’t you come on over with me?