I weary of the triumphal claims made by some about healing. Here's the truth: lots of godly people who pray for healing don't get well--at least not in the way they hoped for. It isn't because God doesn't love them or because not enough people had real faith. So much damage is done by supersaints who claim that healing is a done deal to those who believe. Yet on the other hand, we aren't deists. We believe that God hasn't retired and that at times there are hints of the future healing even now--thanks not to some super-healer but thanks to the Healer himself. Typical Ed Fudge balance: HEALING IN PERSPECTIVE Edward Fudge Feb 12, 2006 Someone has said that error is truth out of proportion. Balanced truth takes into account the great biblical doctrines of Creation, the Fall, Redemption, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the End. In such perspective, biblical revelation resembles a polished diamond which sparkles in all directions. To that end, and after four decades of adult reflection on the topic and praying for the sick, I offer seven biblical perspectives on divine healing -- charting a scriptural course, I believe, between some extremes often heard today. 1. We may affirm that God's will for his creation is health and wholeness. We may deny that God is the author of sin, disease or death. (Gen. 1:27, 31.) 2. We may affirm that sickness, like all the world's brokenness, is an ultimate result of human sin. We may deny that specific wickness or trouble is necessarily related to any specific sin, or to the sin of any particular individual. (Rom. 5:12; 8:20-22; John 9:1-3; Book of Job.) 3. We may affirm that God, by Christ's redemptive work, will finally restore to its intended wholeness the creation he has made. This includes our bodies and whole selves. We may deny that God is interested only in our "soul" or "spirit," or that redemption excludes from its final benefits complete wholeness for the entire person. (Isa. 53:4-5; Phil. 3:20-21.) 4. We may affirm that this full redemption will not come until the resurrection at the End. Until then, even God's believing people continue to share in elements of the Fall. We may deny that even mature believers can always expect perfect health and wholeness now, or that their sicknesses necessarily reflect any personal fault or lack of faith. (1 Cor 15:42-49; 2 Cor. 4:16-5:4.) 5. We may affirm that, because of Christ's atonement and resurrection and the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost, we may begin even now to share in God's victory over sin and its consequences. This victory at times includes the healing of the body, mind and relationships, in ways that exceed human prediction, understanding or ability to produce. We may deny that God has stopped working in the world and in our lives, or that we must wait until the End to see any signs of our redemption. (Eph. 1:18-21; 3:16; 3:20; Heb. 6:4-5.) 6. We may affirm that all health and healing is God's gift, regardless of the means by which it comes or the speed with which it occurs. For all health and healing we should give God thanks and praise. We may deny that health or healing ever occur apart from God's sovereign grace, or that so-called "natural" processes are any less the supernatural work of God. (Ps. 103:1-3.) 7. We may affirm that God gives us many means of wellness. These include, but are not limited to, the body's "natural" processes, healthy physical, mental and emotional habits and lifestyles, the special ministry of those who practice the healing arts, the loving attention of family and friends, and also effective, believing prayer. In times of illness, we should gratefully apply all appropriate means, asking for God's healing according to our needs and his glory. We may deny that Christians ought to spurn or neglect any appropriate means of good health or healing, since to do so violates both Scripture-revelation and common sense. (Phil. 4:3-7; 1 Tim. 5:23; Col. 4:14; see also Sirach 38.)__________________________________ Copyright 2006 by Edward Fudge. Permission hereby granted to reprint this gracEmail in its entirety without change, with credit given and not for financial profit. Visit our multimedia website at http://www.edwardfudge.com.