Apparently healed does not mean what you probably think it means.
When you read the title to this post, you may have thought, “……but surely ‘healed’ means, um, healed“, but apparently (according to Christianism) it’s not as simple as that. Apparently ‘healed’ does not mean what you probably think it means – that would be far too obvious! So let’s look at the definition of ‘healed’. The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘heal’ as:
That sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives a similar primary definition:
Again, pretty much what most people think the words heal, healed and healing mean. Most people except for the religious church that is. This is a quote direct from Christianism as to what is meant in the Bible by the word ‘healed’:
Congratulations if you understood that!!! But the point I am making is that that statement, and others like it, statements which are so full of religious sounding words that they make very little sense and don’t really mean very much, are exactly what is wrong with much of the church. This type of religious nonsense, which is basically saying, “What you thought God said in that passage you just read – He didn’t, let me explain……“, has blighted the Church for centuries, it has kept the Church muzzled and on a short leash.
You do not need to spend three weeks studying to find out what God was really saying.
Christianism has over complicated things that should really be extremely simple. The definition of ‘healing’ is not complicated; when God says things like “I am the Lord that healeth thee“, you do not need to spend three weeks studying to find out what God was really saying. When God tells us that “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law“, you do not need to go to a theologian to understand clearly what was meant and not meant by that statement. All you need to do is read through Deuteronomy 28 where both The Blessing and the curse are described in detail, and believe that you really are redeemed from everything that you see listed under the curse. Of course we need pastors and teachers to guide us and teach us, that is why God called people to those roles. But the job of a pastor or of a teacher is not to take something simple and make it into something complicated and in so doing, completely change the meaning. As Christians we need to stop taking things that are simple and making them into things that are complicated.
Receiving what God has promised is all about faith.
When you read the Bible, put religious traditions to one side. I have said this many times before and I will say it again – take what the Bible says at face value. Believe God’s promises, don’t see a promise and start saying to yourself, “Well of course, that means……” – the chances are it means what it says. It is great to use various aids to help you when studying the Bible, such as Strong’s Concordance, which will help you investigate the full meaning of the original Hebrew and Greek words. Reading different translations or using an online resource to look up a verse in different translations can also be helpful. You can get Jewish notes on the Psalms (known as the Tehillim) and on the first five books of the Bible (the Chumash). But none of these study aids are about complicating things, none of these things are about saying, “You know that promise that sounded too good to be true – it is! What God was actually saying was….“. Using study aids are about taking your study to a deeper level, not about making things complicated. Receiving what God has promised is all about faith, it is not about trying to figure out what God really meant.
What are the works of the devil?
Let me give you one final example of how religious teaching or ‘Christianism’ takes a verse and removes most of the power from it. 1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil“. What are the works of the devil? The simple answer is that the works of the devil are all the bad things in the world, the things that Galatians 3:13 says we have been redeemed from, the things that we should be actively resisting when they try to come into our lives. Christianism’s complicated answer is somewhat different:
In others words, according to Christianism, we still have to put up with all the same negative things as the rest of the world. We are still under the dominion of poverty, sickness, pain, depression, etc. The abundant life that Jesus promised us in John 10:10 is simply not going to happen this side of eternity. I’m sure Christianism must have an explanation as to why John 10:10 doesn’t exactly mean what it appears to mean. There must be a complicated answer because a Christian who is living in poverty, a Christian who is suffering from depression, a Christian who suffers long term pain in their body, a Christian who gets just as sick as everyone else cannot be said to be having life more abundantly.
When I see a promise, I thank God for it.
Personally I am not interested in Christianism, because Christianism is a very depressing version of Christianity. Personally I prefer to read the Bible and when I see a promise, I thank God for it, and I believe that the promise is as much for me as it was for it’s original readers or hearers. If you want to enjoy Christianity more, if you want to live a victorious life; then my advice to you is to keep well clear of any Christianism and instead start expecting God to do what He said He would do. Not because you are demanding that God do something, but because you believe that you can take God seriously when He makes a promise. Of course some people will call you a heretic when you do, but so what? That’s a price worth paying for being able to live life to the fullest (John 10:10, Contemporary English Version).
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