Chapter Eight- The Role Of Faith in Healing
Since the beginning of human society, there have been perceived links between sins and physical illness. Leprosy was thought to be caused by sin, and seizures were thought to be the work of demons. Modern science has discovered other causes for these conditions, but in many cultures a connection between the two are still prevalent ideas.
Faith plays a critical role in both natural and supernatural healing. It also helps to prevent the occurrence of health issues.
These are several things that faith provides that are as fundamental to our emotional and physical health as food, water, and exercise.
1. The Support of Community—This is important at many levels, for humans were not created to live a solitary life. Our relationship with others provides us with needed prayers when we are ill, and comfort when difficult times come. Sometimes, we need and accept the advice from those who have lived through what we now face. It is comforting to not go through things alone.
2. Better Health-People of faith tend to take care of the physical body, believing that it was created by God. This leads to better health overall
3. Peace- People of faith lean on the trusted words of the Lord such as the verses below.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb 13:5). Or,
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”(Mt. 11:28)
People of faith are usually devoted to prayer, worship, and other elements of religious life. What is often found is that worship through music, or the reading of sacred text, brings comfort to the person. This makes any difficulty bearable.
4. Love of Nature’s Beauty- There is nothing more uplifting than observing the wonders that God’s hands created.
Religious observance is beneficial to all that participate, but it is more valuable when faith is well placed. Well placed faith offers a sense of purpose, hope, and optimism. It provides the atmosphere for coping with difficulty. It increases social and community support, which means a greater resource for finding help. There are studies indicating that religious life leads to longer and healthier living.