Healing, Faith

The cure of disease by supernatural means, through faith in divine power. The role of faith healing in the Christian church is based on numerous examples in the OT -Naaman and Hezekiah, for example ( 2 Kings 5:14 ; 20:5–7 )-and in the NT , especially acts of healing performed by our Lord ( Mark 1:30–34 , 40–42 ; 2:1–12 ; etc.; John 9:1–7 ) and the apostles ( Acts 3:1–11 ; 9:32–41 ; 14:8–10 ). The power to heal was one of the special gifts of the Spirit entrusted to the church ( 1 Cor. 12:28–30 ; cf . Mark 16:17 , 18 ), and the sick were invited to ask for special prayer by the elders for healing ( James 5:14 , 15 ). It is evident, however, that God did not see fit in all instances to grant the request for healing, even when the petitioner was worthy and had, presumably, m...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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