Jesus heals – but not cancer!

It’s really tough if you or a loved one has cancer – apparently even Jesus can’t heal you.

Glyn Carpenter poses in front of the offending billboard

Well that’s according to a survey of New Zealand “Christian leaders” by Glyn Carpenter, Director of the New Zealand Christian Network. He did this quick poll after widespread public condemnation of a sign posted by Equippers Church in Napier, “Jesus heals cancer.” There’s no indication of how many leaders were polled or what their religious affiliations were (I think Glyn Carpenter and the NZ Christian Network are “evangelical” – whatever that means).

Perhaps the bias of the pollster is shown by his declaration on the report of the poll results – “The message “Jesus Heals Cancer” is clearly true at face value!” It’s also interesting  that he has managed to see the problem of the offensive sign as an issue of freedom – for Christians to offend others (he describes his poll as a Freedom of speech survey.

So taking Glyn’s data at face value – apparently most (67%) of these Christian leaders were not happy about the offensive sign. And while 58% of them thought a billboard message “Jesus Heals Cancer” to be poor or impermissible, 91% thought so for the message “Jesus Heals All Cancer.”

I thought this was hopeful – but they went and ruined it by supporting the message “Jesus Heals” – 91% thought it OK or good!

Now where are all those theologians claiming there is no conflict between science and religion? Or that they operate in different spheres? What is their response to such a survey result?

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5 responses to “Jesus heals – but not cancer!

  1. It’s well known that Jesus can heal a slight headache or make your missing car keys show up in the last place you look. Also if you pray deeply for a long time, your heart rate goes down a bit.
    Further, if you have a really bad head cold, prayer will cure it instantly after a couple of days.
    Doesn’t work for people with lost limbs though.
    Jesus is like that. He just hates amputees. They suck.

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  2. Um, so what is your point with this blog post Mr. Open Parachute?

    And while you’re at it, explain how it demonstrates your ‘open mind’.

    That should be good for a laugh. Lol!

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  3. I do notice that it doesn’t say that “Jesus Cures Cancer”.

    “Heals” is a pretty wimpy word, its meaning can range from “I’m cured!” to “I’m just feeling a bit better about Jesus’s complete inability to cure me…”, I’m quite certain the billboard had the second definition in mind…

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  4. Challenging Lazy Thinking

    Jesus heals cancers………….really, what fantastic news?
    Funny coincidence, but so do doctors in many instances!
    Hmmhh, what’s the connection I ask myself, obviously it must be that those doctors have magical powers as well? There, mystery solved again…………..next mystery please? Boy, this mystery solving lark is too easy!!!

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