Philippines is a country with numerous and diverse ethnic communities. In the rural areas, by tradition and because of chronic economic constraints, the faith healers a.k.a. quack doctors are the general practitioners, the primary dispensers of health care. As with the other healers, there is usually a history of a healer in the family-line and their healing considered a “calling,” a power or ability bestowed by a supernatural being, often, attributed to the Holy Spirit. Even after the establishment of top-notch medical schools producing doctors and nurses renowned around the world, the traditional healing arts continued to thrive amongst the population in far-flung islands and barrios. Is it a sin if a person (patient) will be brought to a faith healer? I’m not sure where they get their power to heal comes from. How do we know if it’s God given or from else where i.e. demonic activity? Usually they anoint the person with oil, medical herbs, and other paraphernalia then through prayer or ritual. Even if the disease is paranormal, I’m not sure if it’s really a divine intervention in healing. If they are asking the devil to heal you so it’s like selling your soul like a parcel of land piece by piece.
Can anybody share personal comment on this?