Q: Does God still heal people, like He did when Jesus was on earth? If He does, then why do we need doctors and medicine? Shouldn’t a strong faith be enough, and isn’t that what God wants us to have? — L.P.
A: It is very likely that no gods have ever healed anyone. As I’ve previously pointed out, the stories of the new testament are not credible historical accounts. Whenever someone make a claim of a medical miracle, it always pertains to a case where a natural recovery (as opposed to a supernatural one) was possible, however unlikely. For example, someone might survive pancreatic cancer for more than five years and claim that some god must have healed them. Even though the median survival is about 5 months and the 5-year survival rate is less than 5%, there will be people who live for more than 5 years.
No truly miraculous healing has ever been documented. If someone where to regrow a severed or amputated limb, that would be extraordinary and might defy current medical knowledge. This is the type of event that would have to occur before even the possibility of a miracle could be considered. For more on this topic, visit “Why won’t God heal amputees?”
You have asked a very good question that believers will not have a good answer for. I hope you continue to question your faith and eventually discover that it is based solely on myth and superstition.
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