If nobody believed in superstition it would be unable to hurt anyone




Jesus was regarded as healer - exorcism can be considered a form of healing.  We do not know if Jesus regarded illness as real or as just a symptom of a form of possession.  We don't know if his healings should be distinguished from exorcisms.  There are stories of epileptics being treated by him as possessed just for falling.  Jesus never sought out anybody to cure them despite his alleged compassion.  No miracle was done unless somebody could know about it.  Worse, when dealing with lepers and mental illness not one thing is done or said by him to address the systemic problems that cause or spread these problems in the first place.  What about people who crawled in agony out of their sick beds for help and he had already passed through the town? You need to keep looking at this through the big picture and it is not pretty.  If a man treated sick people that way we would treat him as a narcissistic magician not as a truly good man.  But Jesus gets a free pass to treat people like that and is worshipped as God for doing so.  If people did not think they could get special treatment from Jesus that leaves others in want would they bother with him at all?  Do they have the same kind of selfish faith that drove the pagans even to sacrifice their babies to their gods in the name of hope - a hope that wanted a magic advantage in a ruthless world?  Already we have shown that if the stories about Jesus are true and demons are real that the heavy burden of proof to show that this man was truly innocent of being in league with evil forces and dark magic rests on the shoulder of the Christian.  If they want the right to worship him they have to take the responsibilities that go with it as well and do the homework and show it to us.


Most healers have and done claimed some direct or indirect link to Jesus.  Spiritualists may not recognise Jesus as central but as one of many spirits who fuel their own powers of healing.  That is regarded as cause for pride and consolation but we have shown it clearly is not!  A paranormal researcher might be forgiven for thinking that the healings are of short term benefit and really a way of letting some crafty evil power into your life.

Whoever lies that a miracle healing has happened when it has not been verified or in some cases even checked is as good as giving false hope. Real hope means being grounded in reality otherwise it is just foolishness.

Faith healing appeals to those who need and want simple answers to their health problems instead of the complexities of medicine.  That is why even if healers help some the good they do is overridden by the risk they create.

Catholics say Jesus gave seven sacraments to heal the soul - for example baptism removes original sin and confession takes say the sins you actually commit.  Sacramentalists are the only real faith healers. They claim to be able to cure spiritual ailments such as carelessness with prayer and so on. Unlike faith healers as in health, they are faith healers as in faith. And as nobody sees spiritual healing they can claim what they want and get away with it. The victim is blamed if the cure does not work.

Placebos don’t necessarily work on animals or the other person. An animal cannot trigger and avail of the placebo effect. You give the pet or person a placebo and you start to see them getting better or improving. It may be just in your head or they are getting better anyway and it has nothing to do with the placebo. Your perception that they are starting to recover makes your own placebo work. When you get a placebo it works for you think of those who seemed to get better after taking something no matter what it is. You think the power of faith even misplaced works and that starts a placebo in you. There is no such thing as a placebo being about you. Its not. Its selfish to just think of yourself for if a placebo is felt to make a person worse that person could end up sicker or give up conventional medicine.

No faith healer or Catholic shrine that promises people they can feel better intends it to be all about supernatural help.  They admit they are aware of the placebo effect.  Many however try to make out that the benefits of the placebo are coming from the supernatural.

Pain and suffering sometimes are telling you something and in that case a placebo whether it helps you to feel physically or emotionally better are risky and often result in worse harm.  The warning is deafened by the placebo.

Healers and shrines always claim they never promise supernatural healing but does that matter as much as promising a placebo or an attempted placebo?  And healers often do promise supernatural healing and lie about it.  The Christian Church often promises indirectly.  For example, Jesus would not help cure a pagan woman's daughter.  He said the cures were for the Jews.  The woman said her and her daughter were dogs and dogs deserve scraps from the table.  Jesus then told her he would cure the girl because of her great faith in saying that.  Jesus did not cure her because she trusted him for she had been making it clear long before she spoke that she trusted him.  No it was because she expressed a belief that Jesus WOULD HAVE TO give her scraps from the table.  It was about the content of her faith not her faith.  It was having the faith to demand a miracle.  Jesus told her that her daughter would be free there and then.  The message is that you should trust God and demand miracles and get them.  Anybody reading such a story and going to a Christian healer is urged to have false hope and to blame herself if nothing happens!  Its malevolent.  If God does not heal then he has a spite at the victim or the victim is not really expecting a cure when he should.  Either way the belief has bad implications.

The problem with faith healing and its dangers rests chiefly on the shoulders of those who recommend them or encourage others to go to them.  There is more concern for being seen as compassionate than being compassionate.

While somebody is told they feel better or led to think they are cured there is no concern for making sure they are looked after in case they are wrong.  A cure does not give you a clean slate - you still have to be sure you are okay.  Yet you may be allowed to throw away your pills or medical aids or permitted to or encouraged to by faith healers and their cronies.

Actions speak of what you believe more than your words. It is easy to think you believe you have healing powers when you know fine well you don't. If healers really believe in their abilities then why do they not take more risks with their claims? They never have the confidence to say to somebody, "Don't go for the operation. I have taken away the cancer." A tiny minority do but only because they have the support of their sect and devotees. They feel supported by the religious dogmatism and can count on people to cover up. They know that many of the followers will refuse to think about the evidence that it is a fraud. You see that all the time. People who claim to have absolute faith in God or a healer do not act as if they do. In fact they act in such a way as to avoid anything that will disprove their faith. Thus they protect the lies they tell themselves - and others.

People who think healers or God has supernaturally healed them are examples of people who:

#Suffered a misdiagnosis.

The problem here is that they feel they have proof that healing works. This could be a dangerous belief - they will have too much future confidence in healers. And the condition they have for real is at risk of being ignored when the person claims to be cured.

#Experienced a spontaneous remission.

It is better to believe that your illness was just going to go away anyway than to believe that a healer took it away. If you believe that it can go away by itself, that gives you better confidence than thinking a healer may help for healers do not claim to cure everybody. Also, if you think your illness may just go away you can encourage it to by living a more healthy lifestyle. With healers, it is meant to work at least for some people even if they eat junk all day every day.

#Whose prior treatment started to work.

It would mean you think you are healed by some supernatural power and not so much the medication. You need to believe strongly in treatments both to feel better and to avail of them. Attributing your improvement to magic and not the reality is dangerous. Surely when you are taking tablets every day and you believe in them, it is better than an occasional visit to a healer? With faith in the tablets, you are triggering and renewing the placebo effect every day. The best placebos care a lot about what the evidence says and if you know how the tablets help it will only be for the better.

#Were going to get better anyway.

You know that you could have got better anyway so why do you say it was a healing that cured you? You are reasoning that as you don't know what made you better that it was the healing. That makes no sense. Are you saying you are healed magically because you want to feel you are special and to get others to think it too? Are you afraid to say it was not the magic in case you get bad luck? There is no good reason to imagine that somebody cured you when you know you could have been going to recover anyway. You are trying to feel good about knowing things you cannot really know. That is not good in the long run. It is lying to yourself and drawing others in to support and reinforce your lies.

#Whose illness was wholly or largely only in their heads

You need to know that the illness was not real so that you can empower yourself against creating a "new" illness. Thinking it was a miracle healing you deprives you of this opportunity. You will still have the problems that led you to create the illness in the first place.

#Were cured not by the supernatural but by the placebo effect

You need to know that your positive thinking and positive feeling helped make you feel better so that you can empower yourself with them and avail fully of their placebo enhancing powers. Thinking it was a miracle healing you deprives you of this opportunity.

You need to know how powerful the placebo effect can be so that you can stop any disaster happening through your faith in it.

Dangers are:

Placebos are based on lies and lies can be exposed.

Lead to more lies.

The placebo needs people to deceive you and to sustain the deception and you have no right to pressure anybody to do that.

Being treated as stupid.

The placebo can be given as a result of a misdiagnosis. You could die if you get a placebo for pain when the cancer has been missed. You might have the placebo for a symptom and neglect the underlying disease.

Depending on a good placebo risks making you susceptible to bad ones.

A healer using the placebo effect is a charlatan and a quack.

A placebo can make you feel cured when you are not. This may lead to you refusing or neglecting the medical treatment you need. Those who experience miracles of healing feel that they are cured and it is a sin to take medicine for their ailment. Indeed, to do so would imply they are not cured or that they do not trust God.


Healers should not be encouraging people to think that they cured them. There are other explanations for the cure. Now if it is any one (or more) of those explanations that cures the person the person needs to know. And more importantly others need to know it too. There is nothing praiseworthy in feeding some cranks belief that he cured you.

Many Christian healing stories involve people who have not gone to the doctor or wanted to. They admit the healings cannot be proved to be from God but they boast that they cannot be proved to have not involved God either. They are creating a hypothetical danger that people will not go to the doctor. Now if it is okay to say God cures because you cannot prove he didn't then be consistent and say it does not matter about the doctor!

If you say it is okay for you to believe or think you were healed by God on the basis that you cannot show it was not God then you are encouraging superstition and you cannot be surprised if people drop doctors altogether. Superstition like lies leads to more nonsense.

Even if somebody lets their child die because they trust in God, religion has to say that even if they were wrong they were right to trust in God and the trust was the main thing. Faith and God come first. This doctrine is extremist and even if religion forbids keeping away from doctors it is still to blame if people think God is telling them he will care for the sick without the doctor.

Religion tends to say that God wants you to go to the doctor for healing for that is how God has chosen to heal you. So God is the ultimate doctor. This is a rationalisation and about avoiding the notion that using the doctor implies a lack of faith in God. It implies just that for if God cures, it does not matter if you go to a doctor or not.


Once you say paranormal or miraculous or supernatural healings happen then what when a pill cures you?  How do you know it really does it? Maybe a non-physical and undetectable spiritual force uses the pill to heal you? In that case the pill is a sacrament and has no power in itself. In principle, if the gods allowed there would be no need for the pill at all and maybe in an hours time there wont be.  Healings in principle attack conventional medical truth.  For it to translate into practice for one is one too many and the claims made by healers are abhorrent.

The Catholic church sacramental system surrounding and abetted by the priesthood is a con for it gives treatment for our evil inclinations that does not work. That is worse than any pretended healer. The long term damage is terrible. The fruit is war and lies. They are the malefactors not the evil forces and demons they allegedly disperse with their rites and prayers .