Who Would Jesus Heal, and How?
I can’t speak to the political questions surrounding stem-cell research, but let me tell you how I approach this — and issues like it — in my own thought. The stem cell controversy wouldn’t exist if some very serious incurable diseases were not at the center of it. That’s what matters to me — how we find solutions to diseases that continue to plague us all.
My focus — my approach to research, if you will — centers on prayer.
What do I mean by “prayer”? Well, let me first tell you what I don’t mean — a pleading prayer, or a Pollyannish self-deception that somehow allows me to pretend that everything is just fine. The prayer I’m talking about is the kind of prayer I believe Jesus used — prayer that is affirmative, full of gratitude to God and extremely practical. In other words, the kind of prayer that heals, effectively and reliably.
Jesus’ answer to a world crying out for healing was to heal each and every disease, no matter how frightening. He healed through prayer, through the power of God. I’m encouraged to think that by following his example, we can find solutions to the world’s ills that result, not in controversy, but in blessings.
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