Authentic Healings or Biblically Bogus?June 19, 2008
Like many of you, I have been reading with interest the reports coming out of Lakeland, Florida. Amongst other things, reports of various healings have been rife. Whatever the validity of these claims – I don’t know enough about the detailed facts to make any judgements- what is certain is that they must be assessed by certain objective, biblical criteria.
I was interested in this regard to read yesterday some thoughts by Richard Mayhue on the matter (The Healing Promise, p 193):
“James Randi has listed the criteria which his rational mind demands in order to validate a genuine healing miracle of God. They include:
1. The disease must not be normally self-terminating.
2. The recovery must be complete.
3. The recovery must take place in the absence of any medical treatment that might normally be expected to affect the disease.
4. There must be adequate medical opinion that the disease was present before the application of whatever means were used to bring about the miracle.
5. There must be adequate medical opinion that the disease is not present after the application of whatever means were used to bring about the miracle.
Randi might be surprised, but the Bible sets an even higher standard for miraculous healing.
1. The healing must be instantaneous.
2. The healing must be of a disease that neither the medical community nor the human body can heal, such as AIDS – either instantly or absolutely.
3. The healing must be total.
4. The healing must be completely convincing, even to skeptics.
5. The healing must be done in public with no elaborate services involved.
6. The healing must be of an organic disease.
These criteria marked God’s healing power through Christ and the apostles.”
By such standards, are the healings in Lakeland biblically valid? That is the question that must be answered.