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Yes, God does heal people.
There is such a thing as spiritual health, but it is not the same as faith healing.
God heals people through medicine.
No, God does not heal people.
Views of various faiths.
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Popular belief is that God heals people in response to prayer. In 2005, the John Templeton Foundation put this to the test, conducting a carefully designed, double-blind trial of the effect of intercessary prayer on the outcome of surgery.
The intention was to evaluate whether (1) receiving intercessory prayer or (2) being certain of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with uncomplicated recovery after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. It was felt that previous trials showing a benefit had used sub-optimal methods of data analysis, non standard methods of randomisation and allocation concealment, and untested outcome measures, while those showing no effect had insufficient statistical power to reach this conclusion. Patients at 6 US hospitals were randomly assigned to one of 3 groups: 604 received intercessory prayer after being informed they may or may not receive prayer; 597 did not receive intercessory prayer, also after being informed they may or may not receive prayer; and 601 received intercessory prayer after being informed they would receive prayer. Intercessory prayer was provided for 14 days, starting the night before CABG. Any complication within 30 days of CABG would be regarded as a primary outcome. Secondary outcomes were any major event and mortality.
In the two groups uncertain about receiving intercessory prayer, complications occurred in: · 52% (315/604) of patients who received intercessory prayer · 51% (304/597) of those who did not receive intercessory prayer Complications occurred in 59% (352/601) of patients who knew they received intercessory prayer. It was suggested that the patient's knowledge that he or she was being prayed for could have caused anxiety, thus resulting in a worse outcome. Major events and 30-day mortality were similar across the 3 groups.
- Templeton Foundation Conclusions
Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery, but certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher incidence of complications. On page 14 of their findings, the Foundation states that The finding that intercessory prayer, as provided in this study, had no effect on complication-free may be due to the study limitations. Some possible limitations in the study are canvassed.
The Templeton Foundation and its supporters in this trial are far from adversarial to the notion that prayer is beneficial. Nevertheless, they conclusively report that intercessary prayer was proven to have no benefit on the outcome of surgery, in the most carefully designed trial of this type ever undertaken. It is still possible that God sometimes heals people, but so far the evidence is that he does not.
Yes, he does. He will heal people who really need it. These are often referred to as "miracles."
No but God can heal you
God is strong enough, but it is not always His will to heal people.
Yes god really does heal the sick. The important thing here is that you must pray believing that you will get healed, and do not doubt it and if God doesnt heal you it is because you didnt believe enough, you didnt pray enough and you didnt give enough money to the church ,so therefor it is your fault not Gods if you don't get healed. god is extremely picky about who he will heal,god will not heal people who were born severely mentally retarded. god will not heal a child that is born missing an arm or a leg or both. god will not heal amputees. god will not heal dwarfs or severely deformed children, god will not heal conjoined twins, god will not heal burn victims who have lost ears,noses,fingers,toes,lips,or eyelids. god will not heal people who are born without eyeballs nor people who lose both eyeballs such as in an accident. Seems that regrowing flesh,regrowing whole limbs and eyeballs,reversing genetic disorders like dwarfism,retardation and separating conjoined twins is a bit too difficult to do even for such a supreem being..which is why none of the above has ever been medically or scientifically documanted in the last 300 years..
Only God can heal people. Priests are human, and cannot.
Jesus Christ is almighty God. He spoke this universe into existence. To heal anyone is child's play for God.
God doesn't heal people, doctors do. If you have a disease or sickness, go to a doctor. Faith healing will not get you anywhere, maybe death, but that's it.
yes he did - Just to point out your wording, "did" as in past tence would imply that there is now no longer any God, which would account for his total lack of healing or answering of prayers.
If you believe in God and you believe in him....you can pray and he(God) will help you and if you pray for you or someone else to get better them he(God) will help you when ever you need help!
Some people belive this is possible.
It implies that Doctors really don't heal you, that God does, and the doctor gets paid for what God does. Which is utter BS.
Even god can not heal HIV.
It frustrates a lot of Christians that they pray to God to get God to heal a really ill person and then the person dies. It seems like God doesn't answer prayer. But God is a good God. God has already answered the prayer. God answered the prayer 2000 years before the person even got sick. Before they got sick God released His healing power onto the earth. God works through people. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives on the inside of believers. God needs believers to be speaking the Word of Life. Believers heal sick people by commanding them healed in the Name of Jesus.
Apollo the sun god was able to heal people with the power of the sun.
Actually, as I recall, Jesus was the one who healed people. But Jesus is God so you could say that god healed people. It was God's will if someone was going to be healed.
------------------------ The question should really be, why does God never heal anyone. If God heals anyone qt all, we should expect Christians to recover from illness or surgery more readily than others, yet this simply does not happen. For all our prayers, there is no evidence of miracles.
Some religions call it a Sacrament but it really is an Ordinance, or even a Blessing given to the sick. Your question seems to be a statement of fact that sicj people will always be healed. This is not quite true. God will heal the sick if He feels the need to. He will at times let the person suffer so that through their suffering they or others may learn from their suffering. But God will not let a person suffer beyond that which they can stand. He is not a saddest but a kind and understanding God who knows what is best for us.
This 'god' cannot and will not heal HIV. If medicine cannot heal HIV, praying cannot heal HIV. Get edicine to subdue the effects. It's the only thing you can do. (That will work)
One has to have received the gift of healing from God before he can heal people in a miraculous way. Can God give this gift to anyone? Yes. But, not everyone has received this gift.
By the power of God. Jesus was God in the flesh, 100% God, 100% man. As such He could heal just with His touch or a word.
The Bible tells us that God can heal, and that when Jesus was on earth, he healed a lot of people. The Bible also states that God cannot change, and that Jesus is "the same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb 13:8). Therefore, it's clear that Jesus can still heal people (that in itself is no guarantee that he will heal any particular person, only a statement that he is able to!).
Acts 9:10-16 gives the account of God calling Ananias to heal Saul.
No he is the king of the gods and god of the sky.(but he really is not)
A broken wrist can heal in 4 weeks, but only in younger people. The younger you are the more quickly a fracture will heal. Older people are afraid of falling and breaking a hip or shoulder. Sometimes their body doesn't really recover from the damage and the shock.