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Faith Healing

            " This may sound like a line right out of the Jesus Christ Superstar script, but it isn't. This, or something that sounds closely like it can be heard on stages and auditoriums across the world. It is the sound of people being "cured" by self-proclaimed healers of God. However, can any credibility be lent to these people who only seem to be able to heal what are called "invisible ailments"like a limp or back pain. Or is it just a huge scam? It seems that if God was going to bestow his powers on man, he would have given them to some less-shady individuals. .
             Faith healing have two central idea associated with it, that belief and trust in God can heal worldly ailments, and that there is a connection between physical health and spiritual well- being. In Matthew 8:2-3, Jesus is described healing a leper, "Behold a leper came and worshiped Him, sang, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.' Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed.' And the leper departed. And over the next several weeks his symptoms began to disappear." Oftentimes, if a person is not healed, then the blame is placed on them for "not having enough faith." The bottom line behind the belief of faith healing is that if the healer and the person to-be-healed's faith is strong enough, than the person will be healed, and that it is to be considered a miracle of God. .
             The history of this practice dates back all the way to the time of Jesus. Many examples of Jesus healing people can be found in the bible. After, Jesus dies and is risen, he passes his powers to the apostles. Since, the modern priests and bishops are considered to be the heirs to the apostles, then shouldn't they inherit these powers as well? Many faith-healers believe this is the reason they can heal people. Modern instances of faith-healing date to the late 1800's and early 1900's when some of the leaders of the Holiness and Pentecostal religious movements started to claim that prayer could heal the sick.

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