Are faith healers real? Would you go see one?

@manong05 (5030)
Philippines
October 25, 2009 8:35am CST
Some people claim that they are endowed with the supernatural power to heal diseases and all forms of sicknesses without the aid of modern medicine. There have been stories of people performing operations without scalpels just using their bare hands and aided with prayers. This claim is backed up by several testimonials. Do you consider this an option or would you rather see a doctor? What if the doctors have given up hope for recovery? Will you give it a try?
1 person likes this
17 responses
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
25 Oct 09
ive seen this done and the person had a fake thumb tip with blood and other goodies in it the only people giving testamonials are the ones getting a cut $$$$ from the scam artist preforming them. i put them in the same league as some of those t.v. preachers that steal your money so they can have million in their bank accounts and build a gigantic shopping mall for GOD.
1 person likes this
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
Yes, I've seen a documentary on tv exposing the tricks of some so called "healers". It makes me wonder why some people fell victims into this. enjoy!
1 person likes this
26 Oct 09
This is what I don't like about some preachers. They're basically hypocrites. They're destroying the name of Christianity through their hypocritical acts. I dedicate this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKU9MU44tiU for them.
@levite (1062)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
My mother had brought me to one faith healer when I was just a child until my teen years because I was so sickly at that time. The faith healer dis not ask for money but he just laid his hand upon me and gave me water to drink as his way of treating his "patients." But I was not really healed, in fact, my health became even worse but thanks be to God who healed me completely. Some of them, who were formerly practised faith healing before they became Christians admitted they had worshipped the devil that gave them power to cure. As for the lessons I have learned, I would rather see a doctor than be treated by someone whom I do not know and if the doctor has given up hope for recovery, I would rather pray to God and ask for His mercy than go to the fake healers.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
The Bible says there are many who perform miracles of healing in the name of God but are not godly people, God will say to them "I never know you, you workers of iniquity". Yes, I agree, some people are healed when they pray to God.
@levite (1062)
• Philippines
5 Nov 09
You're right. God bless.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
25 Oct 09
it has been amply proven that will power can do wonders. there certainly are some people who can motivate you and boost your will power. they don't heal you but motivate you to feel better and positive. but such people are very rare and fake practices have become very common. to be on the safe side one should not get entrapped by such 'healers'. i would certainly prefer a doctor and as an alternative i prefer alternate medicine like homeopathy, Ayurveda and yoga. i might give such healers a try but only if recommended by a credible and trusted person.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Yes, I am a firm believer of alternative medicine and natural approaches to curing disease but that being said, they are not in competition to mecical science. They can work hand in hand. enjoy life!
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
26 Oct 09
very true...cases needing immediate attention can be addressed by conventional treatment and long term treatment can be followed by non-conventional therapies...
• United States
25 Oct 09
I think that when you are that close to dying, anything is an option. I would probably resort to these after nothing else worked. Mostly out of my instint for self preservation. No one wants to die, I hope, and out of fear of the alternative, why not try some unorthodox methods.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Yes, I think most people would try everything to preserve life. If orthodox methods fais why not the unorthodox? enjoy life!
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Some are real but some are not. My mother once been in the faith healer and she told us that the faith healer said that she has fibroid and right away the faith healer remove her fibroid only using his hands. There's also a scar but not that big. I don't know if I going to believe it but my mother does because when she was hospitalized because of her heavy menstrual bleeding the doctor didn't see any fibroid to her in her ultrasound. I think it depends on you if you believe it because sometimes there's a fake faith healer.
@iceydon (342)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Faith healers are real and their claims of power to heal depend on one's belief. I would considered faith healers as an option if I strongly believe that I'll be healed. Every healers' ability to heal depends on the faith of the person being healed. People are cured mainly through the effects of their beliefs on what can cure them. The patient's response to any healing approach is purely determined by his beliefs. His system would easily react if his mind accepts and incorporate an approach of healing as the one that can totally cure him.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
So for you, it all depends on the faith of the one being healed and not the powers of the healer. There is a point here. At the end of the day, the person's mind and faith have a great say in the healing process. enjoy life!
@IMEzekieL (500)
26 Oct 09
Although I'm a Christian, I don't really believe in faith healers. I've seen a Studio 23 documentary before, exposing the lie behind this kind of scheme. I can't believe they're using the name of Christianity for their unacceptable acts. They're basically destroying Christianity through this. In this kind of situation, I rather consult a doctor.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Yes, faith healers are in no way representative of Christianity and some people mistook it as such. There is a gift of healing but it is given to sick people in answer to their prayers. enjoy life!
@solared (1210)
• United States
25 Oct 09
While I do believe in miracles I think they are done by prayers, not televangelists like Benny Hinn. Time an time again it's proven to be a scam, an sometimes it's even a mild from of hypnosis, basically they convince the person they are ok, long enough where will be ok for a time. You can do the same thing to yourself keep telling yourself you don't feel pain an eventually you either won't or the pain won't nearly be as bad, a lot of people dwell on pain so much they often make pain feel worse than it really is. Here's an example you ever busted your head open or cut something up there, basically cut yourself up kinda bad maybe need stitch's, an you didn't even realize it, then all of a sudden you look an see blood, an you freak out, soon as you notice then you feel the pain, before when you didn't notice you didn't even realize you had been injured. Or maybe you get a tick or mosquito on you an you don't even notice but as soon as you do, your like OOWWW that hurts. Like I said a lot of pain is in your mind not all but more than you think, an these scam artists use that to their advantage. Like I said I believe in miracles an prayers, not faith healers, anyone that could truly faith heal would not boast about it believe me.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Like what I said in my previous comments, I also believe in the gift of healing but it is given to the sick people in answer to their prayers without the intervention of healers. Miracles do exist, I believe them but under normal circumstances, it would be wise to consult the doctors. After all medical science is also God's gift to mankind. enjoy life!
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I would rather see a doctor if I or any member of my family is sick. I have seen a faith healer, though. My mother in law took me to a faith healer once, when my blood pressure would shoot up for no reason and I would jump off my bed every night because of DOB ( difficulty of breathing). She told me someone might have caused this, like some kind of witchcraft. Hehe... The old man was holding a black stone which he put on each of my fingers. I couldn't understand why I got hurt when he didn't even apply pressure. Then, he applied a piece of paper with oil on my forehead. Naturally, the oil on the paper would make a form. I thought I saw a figure of a human. Hehe...He gave me something to apply on my forehead, a bottle of not so pleasant oil. I continued to take the medications prescribed by my doctor. I got well in no time. It was anxiety.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Withcraft is definitely not good. Just the term alone is scary. LOL enjoy life!
• United States
25 Oct 09
No To tell you the Truth These Faith healers are nothing but a Farce. They use chicken bones and fake blood to make it look like they are really inside of you when they are not. Do not waste your money on these lies they are not real and could not lead to anything good
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
True, it makes me wonder though why many people fall victims to these con artists. Maybe it's because of desperation and the desire to be healed without spending money. enjoy!
@MyPrime (39)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I don't believe in faith healers who perform operations with their bare hands.. they are fake. but there are cases wherein a terminally ill got cured which buffled their doctors, these can't be explained by science and those who got cured claimed that they are healed by prayers and their faith in God. If doctors can't explained it, who am I to question it. What science tells us is that our brain is the ultimate healing machine, that is if only we can tap those energy and channel it to "sick" parts of our body. to me maybe through their faith and belief that those energy was harness to the fullest and since man cannot explain it, he calls it a miracle, that he is cured by his faith. my two cents
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
I believe that the brain has tremendous capability to heal the body, if only we know how to harness its power. Yes, it is the ultimate healing machine. enjoy!
@pkc3000 (1268)
• India
25 Oct 09
Hi friend Though most of the people do not believe on the subject but there few people who really believe on faith healers and in my life I have seen few expert who are doing faith healing works. When peoples have no other option they rely on such faith healers sometimes it works it may be coincidence, but one thing is sure to believe that there is some supernatural power. Partially I believe on faith healers. pkc3000
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Yes, how the mind works is interesting and there particular kinds of illnesses that are cured through thinking positively and this is aided by the action of so called faith healers. cheers!
• India
25 Oct 09
I believe that visit a doctor in good faith is a better option. Medicine provides assistance to the body's natural ability to recover. Faith healers don't actually have any ability to heal anyone. They just boots up the mental capacity to fight against disease and sickness. I believe your body and mind are capable of healing themselves so one can mediate and take medicine at the same time to recover.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Yes the body has it's own way of dealing with diseases and sometimes what we have to do is to just boost its natural abilities. Many times through having a positive mental attitude. enjoy!
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I don't really know either but it's always nice for me to hear stories from real people that they have indeed been healed. I think when all else fail, people try to resort to these faith healings and I guess the reason why these patients are healed is also their strong faith. With them believing they are gonna be healed, they are truly healed without really any effort or help from the supposed healers. I wouldn't call it a miracle, just plain faith...and I believe in that. :D
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
The Bible documented cases where people are healed because of their faith in God. The gift of healing was prevalent in the life of the early church. enjoy!
• United States
25 Oct 09
Odd man out again, but here goes.. The last time Liz and I went back (up)home to Cincinnati my dad asked Liz how I was doing health wise and how often I went to the doctor. Without missing a beat she told him I rely on doctor Jesus. He wasn't happy with that answer.. Now, insofar as your question, yes I do believe in faith healing, tho not faith healers. As I believe the healers, be they of faith or the AMA are the avenues thru which Jesus works. On a personal level, I stopped going to doctors when they stopped asking me how I was feeling and started asking how I was gonna pay..I figured they'd lost sight of their position within the system when they put their income ahead of my health. It seems too much like the exploitation of ill people rather than concern over health issues..Which makes them quite comparable to the fake faith healers who are only scamming for the money..Enjoy!
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
I believe in the gift of healing but it is given to the sick person in answer to prayers without the intervention of any healer. Thanks greenfeathers. enjoy!
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I always do not understand why people opt to go to faith healers rather than to doctors. I have one office mate who is like that. Her mother was taken to a faith healer and together with her siblings, all relied on the faith healer for her mother's recovery but she did not live long enough. I won't allow a chance to bring any of my family to faith healers. I have more trust on modern medicine and science.
@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
Why many people are gullible is something to think about. Is it desperation that drives them? is it the high cost of seeing the doctors and medicines? Maybe. Whatever it is, personally, I don't like going to faith healers. That being said, I am interested in alternative medicines like herbs and natural healing and as far as I know, it is a field where many doctors are open to nowadays. enjoy!
• India
26 Oct 09
I don't understand whom are you reffering to faith healers. Your quote itself answers your question - Faith healers - you are healed when you have faith and belief. All successful things in this earth is done with only faith and belief. When one believes in god you naturally inculcate a habit of faith and belief. I am a Reiki healer and i know very well how much one can heal with natural energy. One should also have faith in the doctor for a good and speedy recovery. Just go with a doubt in mind if the doctor can cure the ailment you will see that there will be no improvemnt in your condiiton in spite of the best treatment and medications. The ultimate decision is yours whether you go to a faith healer or a doctor. But do not criticize or presume things just because you do not know much about them. Happy mylotting.
@iceydon (342)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
Faith healers are real and their claims of power to heal depend on one's belief. I would considered faith healers as an option if I strongly believe that I'll be healed. Every healers' ability to heal depends on the faith of the person being healed. People are cured mainly through the effects of their beliefs on what can cure them. The patient's response to any healing approach is purely determined by his beliefs. His system would easily react if his mind accepts and incorporate an approach of healing as the one that can totally cure him.