– The bible
– Faith healing stories
– Doctor’s opinion on why faith healing works
– Psychologists opinion/experience on why faith healing works
After reading my first blog post, it is clear that I am researching Faith Healing as a health claim. Many people have claimed that they were struggling with something (pain, making ends meet, temptation, etc.) and when someone laid their hands on them and prayed, the problems were solved. So is this claim actually true?
If you look in the bible there is verse after verse about how prayer can do miraculous things. James 5:15 says, “Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well…” (NLT). A few other examples are: Mark 11:24, Mark 5:25-34, and James 5:14. I only listed three, but even if you looked it up online there would be a long list of verses.
If you’re not one to take the bible as the only answer (which is okay), here are some other people that back up the health claim.
Dr H Richard Casdorph underwent a experiment that involved faith healing. He took ten patients who all had serious health issues, but had been healed by what they claimed to be faith healing. Casdorph looked at all the patients’ case studies (included were x-rays, medical reports, appointments, doctor’s notes, etc.) and had them sent for medical reviews. In the end, all ten cases showed that a miraculous healing had only happened after the patient received prayer for healing.
Link to the 10 stories here: http://www.is-there-a-god.info/life/tenhealings.shtml
Nigel Barber, who has a Ph. D. in Psychology, suggest that faith healing is all about belief in a higher power. According to the dictionary, faith is the “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something, or the strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Barber states that if you believe, you can be healed. He is not sure why it happens, but he knows it does because he and his sister were both healed of ringworm through faith healing.
Link to Barber’s story: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201103/faith-healing-shouldnt-work-it-does
– Barber, N. (2011, March 2). Faith Healing Shouldn’t Work, but It Does. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
– Faith. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
– Hatfield, E. (2012, August 3). Is There a God? Retrieved October 14, 2015
– James 5:15 New Living Translation