Just curious what your faith tradition’s position is on divine physical healing of diseases such as cancer.
The region of the country where I live is full of ‘ Word of Faith’ preachers who teach a “health and wealth” message that I don’t believe is of the Lord. For example, if a devout Christian lady has breast cancer, they would contend that if she has faith and trusts and believes in Jesus for her healing, she will be healed. The flip-side of that teaching is that if the lady is not healed and (let’s say) dies, then it’s implied that she lacked faith, which in my opinion adds insult to injury and impugns the sick person.
On the other side of the spectrum I sometimes hear speakers on Catholic radio talk about “redemptive suffering”, which sounds to me to be encouraging believers to embrace disease and physical pain instead of praying for physical healing while using the personal suffering as a spiritual force when united to Christ to pray for someone else to find God or for some other holy intention while accepting and welcoming your pending death.
Please correct me if I have misstated anything, as I’ve merely stated my perceptions of beliefs that I have been exposed to as best as I understand them.
The reason I broach this topic is that my wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I have been praying regularly for her healing as well as taking her to a breast surgeon and oncologists. I have been praying for the Lord to heal her — if it be His will — while at the same time praying that the Lord guide and lead the doctors to help heal her.
Some of my wife’s friends tell her after she tells them the words I pray — the “if it be God’s Will” part — that my prayers are too wishy-washy and that I should claim her healing in Jesus’ name.
While I love my wife dearly and hope and pray she is healed by God or by God through the help of medical science, I believe that God is sovereign and you can’t manipulate Him into doing your will as if He were a divine genie in a bottle. Your thoughts?