science is finally figuring out that what's "all in your head" really is
all in your head, and that perceptions created in your head result in physical manifestations—not that you can conjure up a Jeep Cherokee by imagining one—but you can alter the course of illness or recovery. (and when it comes to benefits, feeling good beats a new car any day of the week)
does this push God into the junk heap of failed remedies? no. rather, it pushes the limits of how we allow God's incredible creation to work.
it pushes the limits of our faith: which prayer requires more faith? "God, i beseech thee to heal me if it be thy will
" or "God, grant me the faith to believe that within me lies the power to heal
yes, that second prayer quickly slides us into territory that contemporary Christianity shuns: Are we saying that humans have the power of God? That we are God? That illness is a symptom of not-enough-faith?
If we accept on faith that we are created by God, can we not also accept on faith that God has given us this gift of self-healing?
What if the belief that humans have the power to manipulate their own healing through the mind is not any less Christian than the belief that only God can heal?
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