Experience is not greater than the Bible
I don’t know about you but there are plenty of crazy things I grew up believing about healing.
The Church as a whole is extremely divided on the topic and everyone has a theory – almost all of which is based on experience and not the Bible itself.
This is understandable given the Bible’s standard is pretty high and nobody is reaching it… our theology eventually devolves to make us feel more comfortable.
However, the more I have studied the life of Jesus the more uncomfortable I’ve become with the cold hard facts of healing. But I’ve also been challenged and ultimately excited with the possibilities… what if it really is as easy as He said it is?
Jesus was renowned as a healer, the Bible in fact records He healed “all who came to Him” of “all sicknesses”. The disciples were commissioned to do the same and went out and did the same. The book of Acts is full of incredible stories of healings and all sorts of miraculous events.
Recently I’ve been doing a series of posts on FaceBook and Twitter tagged – #ThingsJesusDidntSay. They’ve been really fun and have started some great conversations and I figured I’d use this format for a post here on healing.
Why focus on what Jesus didn’t say?
I know that Jesus’ silence on a topic is not grounds to build a theology. That’s not what I’m attempting to do here.
What I am trying to do is hold up a mirror to show that many of the things we think are essential to healing just aren’t Biblical.
As we hold up this mirror it pushes us into a conversation with God and a study of His word.
This hopefully will result in us walking in healing to a whole new level, that God’s children would experience an abundant life not just spiritually but emotionally and physically as well.
1) “I can’t get a breakthrough. It must be unforgiveness… is there anyone you haven’t forgiven?”
2) “I can’t heal you until we work through your ancestry and break off this generational curse.”
3) “You’ve brought this sickness upon yourself with a hidden sin. You must tell everyone in the crowd your sin and then I’ll heal you.”
4) “Actually God gave you this sickness to grow your character.”
5) “On that day many will boast in their own works and say ‘Lord we healed people in your name’ and I’ll say ‘Great job – that’s the qualification to get into heaven’”
6) “It has come to my attention that you aren’t tithing, no wonder you are sick!”
7) “Those with a specific healing anointing – go out into all the world and heal the sick. The rest of you – stay in the church and pray for them.”
8) “Woman, your holy lifestyle has made you well”
9) “Sorry God’s will is only to heal some people, you aren’t one of the lucky few.”
10) “I can’t heal you – you don’t go to church.”
I myself have been guilty of believing all of these things about healing on one level or another at some point in my life.
This is not said to judge anyone or make anyone feel bad – the very definition of ignorance is to not know any better.
Rather this is shared to encourage you to seek out what the scriptures say about the topic of healing and discover for yourself the freedom that comes through healing by God’s grace alone, through Christ alone – without any conditions whatsoever!
I probably could have made a bigger list but wanted to hear from you.
What is something you have seen Christians do (or perhaps you’ve done) in the area of healing that is something the life of Jesus and the apostles teaching of the New Covenant just doesn’t support?