Webster definition of Faith Healing is “a way of treating diseases by using prayer and religious faith” and Medical Definition of Faith Healing is “a method of treating diseases by prayer and exercise of faith in God”. In ancient Egypt and Greece, temples erected to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine have been located as far apart as Ancyra in Asia Minor and Agrigentum in Sicily in 293 BC. In Christianity, faith healing is exemplified especially in the miraculous cures brought by Jesus (40 healing are recorded) and by his Apostles. Faith Healers try to replicate Jesus Christ and we also know that there have always been false healers. We can now find them out by comparing there healing methods with the Healing carried out by Jesus Christ. There are several distinctions in the way Jesus healed that are not characteristic of the fake faith healers:-
- Instant Healing. He healed instantly. Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:31), the centurion’s son (Matthew 8:13), Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41-42), and the paralytic (Luke 5:24-25) were all healed immediately. They did not have to go home and start to get better, as is the advice from many faith healers.
- Total Healing. Jesus healed totally. Peter’s mother-in-law was fully functional after being healed from an illness so severe she was bedridden, but when Jesus healed her, she rose immediately and prepared a meal for all who were in the house. The blind beggars in Matthew 20:34 were given instant sight.
- Healing for Everyone. Jesus healed everyone (Matthew 4:24; Luke 4:40). They were not required to be pre-screened by the disciples before coming to Jesus for healing, as is the standard procedure with the healers today. There was no healing line they had to qualify for. Jesus healed all the time in many places, not in a studio with carefully-controlled circumstances.
- Healing from Actual Diseases. Jesus healed actual organic diseases, not symptoms as the faith healers do. Jesus never healed anyone of a headache or back pain. He healed leprosy, blindness, and paralysis, miracles that were truly verifiable.
- Raised Dead. Jesus healed the ultimate disease—death. He brought forth Lazarus after four days in the grave. No faith healer can duplicate that.
- Faith Not a Precondition for Healing. In addition, His healing did not require faith as a precondition. In fact, most of those He healed were unbelievers.