CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES
the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Healing as related to health care, sickness
and illness has a long history in the Bible and throughout the world.
Therefore, what is healing? Is all healing God inspired? Are the mediums of
healing for example, man, medicine, herbs etc. directed by God? Thus can any
healing take place without God?
Heal means to make whole, sound, know
well; bring back to health; to cure a disease or wound. Heal also can mean to
free from anything bad, to cleanse. See 2 Kings 2:22 "so the waters were
healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake."
The adjective for heal is healing. Is
healing the work of God and not man? However, there is also the noun use of
this word. A healer is a person that practices healing or some form of faith
cure. These people have given ample reason for the review of this subject and
to explore the Biblical context of healing.
As the created world grew and
developed personal hygiene was often poor due to the various circumstances of
the times (See Genesis 18:4). Thus, due to scarce water supplies bathing was
not an on-going practice or a special event. (See Ruth 3:3). Here it is noted
that bathing has a direct relation to illness and to healing. Thus, in the face
of illness there is a need for healing.
As the stage for healing is set, the
Old Testament gives us several explanations for illness and the need for
healing. In Deuteronomy 28 it is noted that one's health is associated with the
fulfillment of Covenant ruler and illness results from the violation off these
stipulations. Meanwhile, therapy involves a review of one's actions in light of
However in the book of Job it is
revealed that illness may be rooted in a divine plan. Therefore the believer
must trust that God's undisclosed reasons are just (See Job 5:18).
For another scripture reference we
turn to Exodus 15:26. "And said, If thus wilt diligently hearken
to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight,
and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put
none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: For
I am the Lord that healeth thee."
Prayer was/is accessible and did not
cost anything. Thus as the Bible unfolds, we see the use of prayer in the midst
of illness and the need for healing. The power of prayer for healing is
revealed in Isaiah 38:11-20 and 1-9.
According to 2 Chronicles 32:24-26
Hezekiah had a problem with pride even after a double miracle of healing and
deliverance. In verse 36:16-18 in Isaiah Hezekiah realized that his prayer
brought deliverance and forgiveness.
The Psalms also provided vivid
scriptures regarding the use of prayer and healing. (See Psalms 38, 39, 88). In
Psalms 38 David expressed sorrow for his sins. He saw his anguish as judgment
from God for his sins. In some cases God does send physical illness to punish
us for sin. In Psalms 38:2, Acts 12:21-23 and 1 Corinthians 11:30-32 we see
scripture that note that God did use illness as a punishment in certain
Again we note the on-going reality of those ordained to heal and the illegitimate healers. The Prophets in the Old Testament were the legitimate healers. They depended on their relationship with God more than on technical expertise. In 2 Kings 4, 8, we see stories of healing miracles.
However, in Deuteronomy 18:9-22 we
see God warning the people about the unholy practices of the heathen nations.
Also, in verses 15-22 God gave advice
to the Prophets. 18:15 "the Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet
from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall
The coming of the Messiah was part of
the original plan. During the days of the Old Testament people claimed to have
messages from God and that God had given them certain power. God still speaks
to the people but God is not giving the power to heal as He did in the Old and
New Testament times.
Do the prophecies of those that
prophesy come true? Do they contradict the Bible with these messages they claim
come from God? Meanwhile the people of God need to be very careful about the
trust they place in people that claim to be Prophets etc.
Those that walk the earth in the year
2001 who claim to have healing power do not abide by scripture.
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