Shalom: Views and Prejudices On Healing
When you approach the subject of healing what views and prejudices about healing have you heard along the journey with Jesus the Healer?
There are about four common views that theologians have on healing. They are as follows:
- Healing is not in the atonement.
- Healing is through the atonement.
- Healing is absolutely guaranteed in the atonement.
- Healing is in the atonement, but not absolutely guaranteed.
I wonder if your view relates to any of the views above?
Believing in the Healer
Do you believe God is a Healer?
Do you believe God is your Healer?
Have you ever found it so much easier to pray for others and expect God to move than for yourself? I have and I have even experienced times when receiving someone else’s prayers for me was difficult. But, did I have faith in my faith or theirs, or did I have faith in God as Healer. My Healer. Our Healer.
In a classic book, Healing by Frances McNutt the author mentions common prejudices about Healing.
1. “We want nothing to do with ‘faith healing.’”
2. “My sickness is a cross sent from God.”
3. “It takes a saint to work a miracle and I am no saint.”
4. “Miracles do not take place; they only represent a primitive way of expressing reality.”
I mean take the first for example. Why doesn’t God heal everyone?
In the second I understand that Jesus suffered so why shouldn’t we.
In the third we can see where our definition of saint clutters our view.
The last we can approach with questions like do I believe in miracles and does God still perform them?
As this week progresses ask God to clear our view. Ask God to challenge us to not only believe He is Healer, but that He is our Healer. Find healing scripture. There are a plethora of resources on the web that make them easy to find.
Let God reveal Himself to you personally.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3 NIV
In the comments leave a prayer request. Then let’s pray for and encourage one another on our Healing journey whether it be spiritual, that of the soul, or of the body.
Beloved, I will be praying for each of you. <3 Melinda