October 20

WHAT’S BIBLICAL ABOUT HEALING?

Scripture for the Day:  Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  I Peter 2:1

 

I participated in a group discussion among believers recently who were talking about praying for healing.  They were probably referring to verses such as James 5:15 where “the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”

There seemed to be at least three groups of people and opinions there. The first one was represented by a woman who said that while she knew that God heals sometimes, she had accepted the tension that not everyone who is prayed for gets healed.  She added some conjecture that maybe God had something to teach someone, and I think she was actually remembering something from her own past.  The second viewpoint was by a man passionate to obey God who wondered whether the first opinion was “Biblical.”  He seemed to suggest that when our prayers are not answered, it’s our fault.  We just don’t have enough faith.

The third group of people were absent.  I reminded the folks that I knew of people who were paralyzed or amputees, and I wondered how they would feel at such a discussion.  My question is, why are people still having this anguished debate?  Maybe it’s because the real problem is not the question of who does and does not get healed, but the issue of how to interpret the Scriptures.  This is one issue where great confusion and even pain is caused because of this misunderstanding.  It is careless, even dangerous, to take one sentence from the Bible and create a doctrine from it.

The “pure milk of the Word” deserves more careful interpretation, don’t you think?