Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Problem of Healing (or Not)

    Does God still heal today?  Yes. What does the word “heal” mean?  That depends.   This is from a very special article I wrote almost four years ago.  I’m updating now and moving it over here to prepare for a class that I’ll be doing soon.  Updates for that purpose will be in italic rust colored text, so you can tell the original portions. Here’s the verse that got me started on the road to updating this article – Jas 5:13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. The question that came to mind are these – What does “sick” […]

Do we really have a “Right To Die”?

  The Right to die.  A euphemism.  At best – a claimed right to commit suicide.  At worst – legalized murder.  And where does this “right” come from? Let’s look deeper into this issue.  As one who has tried to commit suicide – and obviously failed – it’s something I’ve examined before.  As one with a mother who was very upset at having been revived (my father convinced a doctor to ignore a do not resuscitate order) – it’s something I’ve examined before. Where did this “right to die” come from? Earlier this year, I wrote a piece called Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You’re welcome to go back and read the whole thing, but here’s a shorter look at this group of rights from the Declaration of Independence – with an eye to the alleged “right” to die. Life Claiming a “right to die” based on a “right to life” seems more than a little odd, right from the start. Claiming a right to life leads me to think that one would do everything possible to cling to that life – not terminate it earlier than would otherwise have been the case. Yes – some claim this as […]