A response I get often about Faith and healing, is that “I am cruel for making people feel bad and burdened, for not getting healed due to their lack of faith. They are already suffering enough. They don’t deserve to have additional burdens.”
One thought that often comes to me is that they are making themselves illegitimate children. Hebrews says God disciplines all His children; however, it also says God does not discipline illegitimate children. When Jesus rebuked people in the gospels for unbelief, it was indeed a discipline for them. They were told to stop this action of weak faith and then correct it with strong faith. Thus, if a person says, “Jesus shouldn’t discipline me for not getting healed, because it creates an extra burden on my soul”, then with their own mouth they make themselves unworthy to be God’s child. They make themselves illegitimate sons and daughters. Jesus rebuked the apostles for weak faith, then how much more will we—when we have weak faith—and are built on their foundation and fellow citizens, be rebuked?
Some do not desire God as their Father, because they do not want His discipline.
Jesus: (Matthew 9:22) “But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.”
Jesus: (Matthew 9:29) Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
Jesus: (Matthew 15:28) “Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
Jesus: (Luke 17:19) “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Jesus: (Luke 7:50) “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Jesus (John 11:40) “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
Jesus (John 14:11) “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. 12 ” Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. 15 ” If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
(Matthew 13:58) Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief”
(Mark 6:6) And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”
(Mark 16:14) Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of hear.”
Jesus (Luke 8:50), “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
Jesus: (Matthew 17:20), “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief.”
This last one is interesting because Jesus rebuked the disciples in question, in front of His other disciples and followers. They failed at ministry. They failed to heal. Jesus said it was unbelief and not “God’s will,” that prevented the healing. Imagine how embarrassing that would have been if it was you? Imagine what a burden it would have been to be rebuked in front of your peers for how pathetic you are in ministry. The person who did this was Jesus Christ. He did it out of love and correction.
It is not as if unbelief was only rebuked one time by Jesus. How many doctrines are made with just one or two verses? Yet, how many times must the Bible rebuke weak faith over and over again for people to get it?
Lastly, these same so-called Christians will say, “If you don’t repent and believe in Jesus, you will go to hell.” How are they not the world’s greatest hypocrite for telling me I place a burden on people for telling them, “if you don’t believe God will heal you, you will not get healed”? Which is a greater burden? But I digress, because faith for both is not a burden to me, nor was it a burden for all those in the Scripture who believed and were both saved and healed. Was it a burden for Elijah to pray 6 times for rain, and failing? Or was it joy to keep praying knowing God will give him what he was asking for?
Lastly. What kind of world do people live in that faith to receive healing, is a “burden”? Rather than an accurate description of truth, this admission this seems autobiographical.
There is a staggering wickedness committed here. To say you can have faith, but God still might not heal you logically means, you trash the bloodshed of Christ as nothing. It despises the compassionate nature of God. Healing is a provision of the Blood of Jesus as a High Priest, which is stated in Isaiah 53, and reaffirmed in the New Testament (Matt 8:17). At that definite time and place of Jesus’ atonement, both forgiveness of sins and healing was accomplished. Both are based on the finished atonement of Jesus Christ. Therefore, if you negate “faith healing,” because it is produced by the bloodshed of Jesus as a high priest, then you logically negate “faith forgiveness,” because the bloodshed of Jesus is the cause of both. If you throw out one, you throw out the other. Bye, bye, forgiveness of sins: see you later. There is only one Bible and one definition of the atonement. And this definition makes both healing and forgiveness based on the finished work of Jesus and received by faith.