The Day I Went to a Faith Healer

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“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? 

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2 Responses to The Day I Went to a Faith Healer

  1. Andrew Marsh 9th September, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    Tanya, your posts make me think deep and hard. And I’m grateful to you for that. My physical condition has worsened over the past few weeks and it’s good to see your perspective on healing. I’ve prayed for healing or even an improvement but, to date, God has said “Wait, as you are. My timing is MY timing, not your human timing. As you are, your need if me is greater and right now you need me. Wait. I will explain all when we meet.”

    • Tanya 17th September, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks so much for this thoughtful comment, Andrew. I really appreciate you reading my words and sharing a bit of your story. Praying for God to be close to you today.

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