Archive for May, 2010
Faith Story #1
A man whom his doctors referred to as “Mr. Wright” was dying from cancer of the lymph nodes. Orange-size tumors had invaded his neck, groin, chest and abdomen, and his doctors had exhausted all available treatments. Nevertheless, Mr. Wright was confident that a new anticancer drug called Krebiozen would cure him, according to a 1957 report by psychologist Bruno Klopfer of the University of California, Los Angeles, entitled “Psychological Variables in Human Cancer.”
Mr. Wright was bedridden and fighting for each breath when he received his first injection. But three days later he was cheerfully ambling around the unit, joking with the nurses. Mr. Wright’s tumors had shrunk by half, and after 10 more days of treatment he was discharged from the hospital. And yet the other patients in the hospital who had received Krebiozen showed no improvement.
“Mr. Wright,” we are informed, then read negative newspaper reports regarding Krebiozen, and began to relapse. His doctors decided to lie to him, telling him they were giving him an extra-special dose of Krebiozen, and again he improved and became much better. Finally, however, Krebiozen was completely discredited in the newspapers, and Mr. Wright died within days. (ibid.)
Faith Story #2
Two women, one Swiss and one American, had to share a room. The Swiss’s mother had told her that she must always sleep with the window open, or she would get sick. The American’s mother had told her that she must always sleep with the window closed, or she would get sick.
Not surprisingly, they had a difference of opinion as to whether to keep the window open or closed the first night. They finally decided to sleep with the window closed, and the next morning, the Swiss woman was sick.
So the second night they slept with the window open, and the next morning, the American woman was sick.
Faith Story #3
A woman who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years was in the crowd. No one could cure her. She came up behind Jesus, touched the edge of his clothes, and her bleeding stopped at once.
Jesus asked, “Who touched me?”
After everyone denied touching him, Peter said, “Teacher, the people are crowding you and pressing against you.”
Jesus said, “Someone touched me. I know power has gone out of me.”
The woman saw that she couldn’t hide. Trembling, she quickly bowed in front of him. There, in front of all the people, she told why she touched him and how she was cured at once.
Jesus told her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace!”
(Luke 8:43-48, God’s Word)
The Incredible Power of Faith
All three stories demonstrate the incredible power of faith. “Mr. Wright” had faith in the drug Krebiozen. The American and Swiss women who shared a room had faith in what their mothers had told them. And the woman with chronic bleeding believed in Jesus’ healing power. And in all three stories, each person saw their faith make a real, physical difference in their lives.
The big difference was in the object of their faith — who or what they believed in. Mr. Wright’s faith was in the drug Krebiozen — that it would heal him. And as long as he was able to believe, it did. The Swiss and American women had faith in their mothers. And what their mothers had told them came true. And the woman with chronic bleeding had faith in Jesus’ healing power — or maybe in His clothes! And when she touched them, she was healed.
There are many more faith stories: the placebo effect, magnets, special bracelets, special machines, special combinations of herbs — people swear by them and there are anecdotal accounts of miraculous cures, even as science struggles to prove or disprove the efficacy of a multitude of treatments. But we need a faith object that we can rely on forever. There is only one.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.