First I want to apologize for not reading all of the OP's original post. I jumped in with a lot of preconceived ideas/teachings about healing (especially faith-healers).
I have done quite a bit of study in the
this week, more is better but still have to fit in homework. Yep, I am trying to "fit in" homework, not the other way around
So what I have found in a nutshell, as I don't have a lot of time to continue debating this, and honestly I don't want to do debates now that I see how much time they can take. But on the other hand, it did get me to studying something I didn't have a good handle on in the bible (which actually, is much of the bible). I want to say right off, I believe in faith-healing. Although I find that healing is a gift of the Spirit, and God gives different gifts to different born-again believers. So no matter how much faith a person has, if they don't have the gift, there won't be healing (unless God intervenes Himself).
Everyone knows the verse "Romans 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Ok, so if I have the gift of healing (heals, plural so I think emotional, spiritual, mental and physical) then if I grow in faith (and exercise that gift) I could heal someone or myself. That is what I am getting from God's Word anyway.
Faith is given in measure from God, so we each get a measure of that to start on our journey. That is also from God (12:3 Romans)
So my final answer is, yes, healing is real if exercised by a person that has truly been given the gift, and has grown that measure of faith he was given (my interpretation from I believe the Holy Spirit).
I suggest anyone reading this thread be sure to search the Word yourself. The verse where "we are healed by His stripes" is obvious to me that yes, we are healed from all sin because of the punishment Jesus took for us. Yes, because of Jesus taking the punishment, and sending the Comforter (Holy Spirit) we each get our gift(s).
Also when reading the bible, I will not take what I like from it and leave the rest to suit my ego. I do find several things wrong with the original post and do disagree, but I will leave it at "agreeing to disagree" since now I need to get back to my school-work.
a sister in Christ, Denise