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Faith-healers should be held to a standard

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Every year children die because their parents believe in the false Bible promise of healing through prayer, anointing with "holy" oil and laying on of hands. The sincere but mislead parents withhold medical care from their sick or injured children and, instead, of giving them medical care they pray for them. They believe prayer will help because they've been taught that the Bible is the word of God, and their children die.

In South Africa, the Solid Rock Christian church advertised that they can heal the blind and the lame, that they can heal people with HIV/Aids and with cancer through Biblical means. Any person who uses their God-given reason knows that these claims of healing are false and utter nonsense. The Advertising Standards Authority may order that the church first submit advertising to the ASA for prior approval before disseminating it. This is a great practice! Prior to religious "faith-healers" scamming their followers and hooking new followers with the false promise of healing, they should be made to prove that their claims are true. This would save the lives of probably hundreds of innocent children every year. In the U.S. alone it's estimated that approximately one to five children die unnecessarily every MONTH due to the Christian superstition of faith-healing.

To get to the root of the problem, it must be made known far and wide that the Bible is NOT the word of God. Once that is accomplished, not only will the religious right lose its power, but defenseless children will no longer be victims of Biblical superstitions. Teachings like that at John 15:7 which falsely promises that anything a Christian asks for in prayer they will receive, and like the ludicrous promise that Christians will be able to do greater things than Jesus is said to have done, which would not only include healing the sick, but it would even go beyond raising the dead, at John 14:12.

Decades ago there used to be special police units referred to as bunco squads. Bunco squads protected people from scams, charlatans and cheats. Faith-healing would fall squarely within their jurisdiction!

 

Bob Johnson is a paralegal and a freelance writer in Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after reading Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, he became a Deist. In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists and in 1996 he launched the first web (more...)
 

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