Today's society stands as a multimedia monument to the scientific and technological triumphs of the past century. The radio crackled into life, man walked on the moon, and diseases that previously ravaged entire populations, such as tuberculosis and smallpox, were virtually eradicated overnight. Nowadays we can communicate through cyberspace, genetically engineer outsize fruit, and line up to be treated with the latest wonder-drug.
There is no denying that the advancements of science have made our lives infinitely easier, longer and more comfortable. We wonder how pas generations possibly survived without mobile phones and watches that can withstand the pressure of thousands of fathoms of water.
Somewhere down the line science replaced religion and philosophy as the perceived source of infinite knowledge. Even the mysteries of creation, previously the domain of the divine, could be explained away in scientific terms.
The word 'healing' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'healan',which connotes both the body and the spiritual element of the human being as the thing to be healed.
It should also be emphasised that faith healing is a complementary therapy intended to be employed in conjunction with orthodox medicine, not to replace it.
The proof of the effectiveness of this type of healing is anecdotal rather than scientific, which invites scepticism. In any analysis of faith healing we must accept that there are things in life that defy scientific explanation. As Shakespeare says through Hamlet, 'There are more things in heaven and earth, [Horation], that are dreamt of in your philosophy'. Surely it is not beyond us to admit that out own knowledge may be flawed and imperfect.
It would be a tragedy indeed if we allowed our fear and mistrust of the unknown to deter us from embracing all that faith healing has to offer. With this in mind let us explore spiritual healing and its many possibilities.