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Faith Healing and the Catholic Church - Disclaimer

I don't speak for the Catholic Church but the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) does. I quote the CCC and follow the footnotes which are often linked to Scripture. I suggest the reader have available both the CCC and his/her Bible and see whether my representations are correct.

DISCLAIMER

One of the big problems associated with "Health and Wealth" and or "Name it and Claim it" is the concept that "everyone does not get healed". The CCC deals with this up front with:

"1508 The Holy Spirit gives to some a special charism of healing[118] so as to make manifest the power of the grace of the risen Lord. But even the most intense prayers do not always obtain the healing of all illnesses. Thus St. Paul must learn from the Lord that ‘my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,' and that the sufferings to be endured can mean that ‘in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his Body, that is, the Church.'[119]" [CCC; notes: 118 Cf. 1 Cor 12:9, 28, 30. 119 2 Cor 12:9; Col 1:24.]

and

"1505 Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries his own: ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'[111] But he did not heal all the sick. His healings were signs of the coming of the Kingdom of God. They announced a more radical healing: the victory over sin and death through his Passover. On the cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the ‘sin of the world,'[112] of which illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion." [CCC; Notes: 111 Mt 8:17; cf. Isa 53:4. 112 Jn 1:29; cf. Isa 53:4-6.]

Before we make any analysis of why some do not get healed, we need to understand that even Jesus "did not heal all the sick" [CCC 1505] and thus "even the most intense prayers do not always obtain the healing of all illnesses". [CCC 1508]

How do you think this comes about that some are not healed? Do you think there is some sort of lottery where pure chance is the guiding hand? Or do you think it has to do with the love of God? Do you think healing shows God's love? Do you think continued suffering and sickness shows God's love?

Some of the Saints of the Church ran their bodies down in their service to God and for their fellow man. Some then became sick and some died. These were obviously suffering for the cause of Christ. While these examples are many and very profound, we will not be discussing them any further here. Enough to say that these examples are "special cases" but are included in those who do not receive healing.

There are other reasons for some not receiving healing but looking at all possible reasons may be counter productive in the sense that if you are sick, dwelling on why healing may not happen may develop a negative belief for yourself. It is more productive for you if we concentrate on how you can be healed.

I have yet to see a medical doctor to offer a money back guaranty on his or her effectiveness. They charge for their "professional service" and not for their results.

Our suggestion is that you look to God for your healing whether you seek medical assistance or not. There will not be put on you any "blame" should healing not come. God wants you well. The medical doctors want you well. The Church wants you well. I want you well. Sickness and disease is the enemy of us all.

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This is part of a FREE 23 page document, Faith Healing Consistent with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which can be found in the Cooperation Among Christian Denominations section of the Independent Christian website.

Doug Johnson has been writing and online publishing Christian and Social Conservative articles since the 1990's on http://www.IndependentChristian.org/

Doug has been a Bible believing Evangelical Christian since childhood. He has been received into fellowship with the Evangelical Free Church, the Plymouth Brethern, the Assembly of God, the American Baptist, and the Southern Baptist.

In the early 2000's, he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church after careful study of the Catholic Catechism and the Bible. He believes Catholics and Bible believing Protestants should build on what they have in common rather than looking at what is different.

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