Theology of Healing Pt. 1



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Let me first say that I truly believe that God is a healer. Still to this day, He heals the sick, broken and needy. The good news is that in these last couple of months I’ve personally seen God take my wife from her deathbed, where the Doctors gave her no chance at survival and a prognosis couple of months to live (at max), to completely Cancer Free. The bad news is that I’ve come across and been blown away by some really destructive Christian thinking about “healing”.

Don’t be discouraged by the title of “Theology”, by that I just mean the way we think about healing.

MYTH #1

  • “God’s will is to heal everyone.”

I don’t know a more dangerous theology of healing than this so we’ll start here. God is Sovereign. He works out everything according to his own will (Eph 1:11) and sometimes as sad and disappointing as it can be, his will is not to heal. There is not one scripture in the bible that if correctly understood, supports the myth that God wants to heal every person of every disease, although God certainly can heal any person with any disease.

Phillipians 2 gives us some great insight to this issue. Here, Paul talks about his good friend Epaphroditus and about how he was extremely sick. Paul’s response to his good friend and fellow worker’s illness is very telling. He did not respond with a number of proclamations that God was required to heal him, but rather Paul prayed for mercy to spare him “sorrow upon sorrow”. Does that sound like a response of someone that expects God to heal everyone? Certainly not. On the contrary, he humbly begged for mercy because he knew that “healing” was not a right, but a unearned favor.

The worst part about this myth is the spiritual and emotional effect it has on people that God has decided not to heal. It sends the message that God wants to heal everyone, so if you do “your part” you’ll get healed. And if you’re not good enough, you won’t get God’s will. So, on top of the misery of sickness, we kick people while they’re down by telling them that the reason they haven’t gotten healed is its their fault.

The lunacy in this thought process is overwhelming, especially considering the fact that the number 1 and 2 causes of death in America are heart disease and cancer. Granted, most people that succumb to these illnesses are elderly (especially heart disease), but if it’s God’s will to heal everyone, at what age does the promise run out?

Does the “promise” to heal everyone end at age 80? Because there’s no cause of death called “Old Age”.

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  1. GRice says:

    What a sobering thought. I am so grateful that God spared our family from “sorrow upon sorrow”. I can’t thank God enough……

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