2016-09-20 - What People Say ~ You just need to have more faith
And What the Bible Says About It
Richard and I have not personally heard that particular remark; however, some of our friends have been subjected to this judgmental remark. I am not theologically knowledgeable enough to do an in-depth study refuting the "everyone will be healed on Earth" misbelief. But I know enough about the Bible, to know that this is false.
In the first place, it's a pretty presumptuous remark. Why would anyone think they can measure someone else's faith, or see into their hearts? Only God can see inside our hearts, and we are not to judge others.:
1 Kings 8:39 (NASB)
It is pretty arrogant for one of us human beings to suppose that we are as omniscient as God.
Personally, Richard and I know of a situation wherein a beloved pastor had a brain tumor. Most of the church members had unwavering faith that he would be healed on Earth, but he was not. He died after about a year of suffering and treatments.
In the second place, this remark is a violation of the Golden Rule. It is a very cruel thing to say, for in essence, it is blaming a patient or other victim for his/her own situation, when in reality - such as in Richard's case of Guillain-Barre - there is simply nothing he could have done to prevent it, nor to hurry its departure (He is now thankfully about 85% better.) Because of the scientific knowledge we had received from several neurologists and Physical Therapists, we had faith that he would eventually be better - but in God's time.
And for those of us who are logical, in the third place, the belief flies in the face of logic or common sense. If you follow this belief to its absurd consequences, if this were always true, then no one would ever die. The Earth would be overpopulated, and the Bible wouldn't say that man would die.
But the bottom line, to me, is that we are supposed to be kind - and this comment is most unkind.
Series to be continued.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.