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Faith Healers

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posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 09:28 AM
Faith healing refers to healing that occurs supernaturally, as the result of prayer rather than the use of medicines or the involvement of physicians or other medical care.

You have all seen these shows. Some guy with a bad comb-over comes on to stage, and calls people down like they are on 'The Price is Right'. Most of the time there is something wrong inside their body, not something visable outside. They usually have a missing voice, or a tense limb. I've seen a couple times where someone would get up and walk again, but how do we all know that is not just a hoax?

The most tragic and the most despicable was the tragedy of the Prakashs family, (pictured left) a family that converted from Hindu to Christianity for the sole purpose of getting god and Benny to heal their dying son from a brain tumor. Only because of the producer from the show WITNESS, Benny agreed to bring the wheelchaired boy upon the stage to be prayed for, (in normal circumstances, you will never see obvious deformities or medical problems paraded in front of the flock, they are much harder to manipulate), he also told the parents to expect a miracle. After the show, Mr. Prakashs, the boys father, stated that god spoke to him during the service, and that he was going to send Benny $2000 dollars, seven weeks later the boy was dead, some miracle Mr. Hinn.

Some miracle worker, bud. This man, and others like him are making it rich because he takes advantage of 'sick' people. The perfect example is when they have somone on stage who can't stop barking like a dog, or pretending to be a lizard. Tell me, how many times have you seen this happen in 'real life'? Not very often, but faith healers have these people comming in by the dozens.

Interesting quote from the bible:

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ''Jesus, Master, have pity on us!'' When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, ''Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, ''Rise and go; your faith has made you well.''

Luke 17:11-19 NIV

Are faith healers reincarnaded Jesus' themselves? I doubt it.

I for one will only believe this when I break a leg, go up on stage and walk perfectly again. Until that time, I will remain a skeptic.

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 12:13 PM
intresting post mac,
im sure miracles are performed by people proclaiming to be health feelers,(not that many spring to mind,lol)the only one ive had a experience of is the english medium "Doris Stokes" who although mainly working with contacting deceased spirits,she as also reportedley "laid her hands" on the afflicted and relieved their pains ?
either way i dont think tricking desperate people who would try anything for their loved ones into paying for faith healing to be morraly correct!


posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 01:08 PM
Benny Hinn was my comedy relief hour when I was feeling down. His antics, and the 'flock' cheering him, brought tears of laughter to my eyes. I loved when he would read letters sent to him, and state, 'someone with lung cancer was just healed', right in the middle of reading a letter. I would keel over from laughing so hard.

What a crock. If we had 10 Bennys in the world, disease and cancer as we know it would be eradicted.

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 01:22 PM
When I was a kid (6th grade), I developed a couple of cysts. The doctor did not know if they were malignant or not, so they put me on the strongest of meds (to shrink them). I finished off the bottle and the cysts had grown larger. The doctor then scheduled me for biopsy surgery.

There was a faith healer (preacher) visiting a local church and my mother asked me if I would like to go out and see him. Give the praying over me a try? I said, sure. Why not? It can't hurt. Besides, I always have believed what Jesus said about faith.

We went out there for the service and I went down to the stage when that time came. People were standing there with people praying for them. Each time the preacher laid his hands on someone, they would pass out and fall backwards into waiting arms. That's some spirit, I thought!
When he came to me, he prayed and they prayed and then he told me to go away healed. I did not pass out like everyone else and felt weird. I was the only one, I believe, who didn't need folks to catch me. I walked back to my pew and took a seat.

It was mind-blowing.. I went back to the doctor the next day for one last check up before surgery and he examined me. He found NO cysts. They were completely GONE! That medicine didn't do squat, but the prayers and my belief in them did. It was amazing. So, needless to say, I didn't have to go under the knife afterall. Praise God for that!

It was a miracle, pure and simple. So, I know it happens. As for all these creeps, or televangelists, most of them are complete frauds. I just ignore them.

posted on Nov, 20 2004 @ 05:51 AM
Yeah exactly. The minute a religious person or organisation starts flaunting big expensive decorations, showing they have an excess of money I stop believing them. If they were truly religious, they would be using the excess money to help the needy. Put a coupla homeless people up in a house for a few weeks, open a meals-on-wheels van, do something USEFULL instead of spending all the profits on fancy decorations, speaker systems and tv broadcasts.

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