Sep 03, 2008
One topic I have seen at this site a few times in my brief time here is the belief that faith, or God, can or will cure you. I'm going to share my opinions on that here.
First of all let it be known that I have a strong faith in God and Jesus Christ, though I try to distance myself as much as possible from the Christian organization. There have been times in my past when I did include myself among Christianity. I've attended several churches of many different Christian denominations regularly over my life time. With dipping my toes into so many different sects of Christianity one thing became very clear to me. No one denomination has all the answers. I'm sure most of you will agree that many churches in fact preach direct opposite teachings. What it all comes down to is that the bible is about interpretation, and many churches take the same verse in very different ways.
While I do believe that God can and does cure some people of their ailments, which are miracles, I do not think that is at all common, or something that you can expect from God. In fact, don't you think it's a bit selfish to place expectations on God? After all he's done for you, having the audacity to expect God to cure you of your ailments seems really unappreciative to me.
I grew up with certain older family members who firmly believed that God would cure them, or their loved ones of illness if they had a strong enough faith and prayed about it enough. I've never witnessed a miracle of that sort, in my family or otherwise. The closest that things have come to a miracle cure in my life time is when the person suffering has passed on, and the person of faith has claimed that the death was a gift from God as the sufferer is finally out of pain and in a better place. A part of me does agree with, though that is not what this post is about.
When I seek God's help with my ailments, I ask for help, not miracles. I have prayed that my insurance will cover the medications I need. The medications I believe that God gave the scientists the guidance to create. I pray for the strength to endure the pain I experience. I pray for the period of discomfort to end soon. I pray that I do not act or lash out against anyone inappropriately.
And I do believe that God answers many of these prayers for me. I believe that my faith helps me deal with the pain and discomfort I must endure at times. Through God's help and my faith in the higher powers I am able to face my ailments and live as close to a normal life as is possible. And for that I am very thankful.