Church claims Jesus cures cancer

Row over Church’s Jesus cancer-healing claims

A New Zealand church has erected a billboard saying “Jesus heals cancer”, after claiming six of its members had been cured.

The large black and red billboard was put up by the Equippers Church in the suburb of Tamatea, in Napier…

Pastor Lyle Penisula of Equippers Church, which has about 150 members, told Campbell Live the sign was put up to offer hope to those who are suffering.

“We’ve seen Jesus heal people from sicknesses and we thought that since cancer is a big deal in our world today … we wanted to broadcast the very fact that Jesus can heal cancer.

Mr Penisula said those who have been healed were still taking medication for their illnesses.

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A church is making a testable medical claim in the name of religion. Where has this come up before? Hmm.

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Once again, there is no problem with a religious institution believing what they want but what they are doing here is making a claim that is not established (so far, blinded studies of intercessory prayer do not show that it helps people do better). They should quit that. It’s not hope but false hope.

I dispute his use of the word “fact”. Oh, and then there is the part about the patients still using modern medicine. So, they obviously don’t understand causation either. When religion ventures into the realm of testable claims, the end up looking mighty foolish.

  4 comments for “Church claims Jesus cures cancer

  1. February 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    And yet things are getting worse on this front, not better.

  2. Daran
    February 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    of course Jesus can heal cancer or anything else, but does anyone have the faith to recieve that healing?
    Faith is believing that which isn`t as though it is!
    Think about that, not easy.
    Also, you have to make a choice to trust Jesus or the doctors, you can`t have it both ways.

  3. Denis
    February 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Despite an enormous number of trials, there is absolutely no evidence to support the hypothesis that religion (or aspects of it such as prayer) cures or heals.

    Even someone as religious as the pope went to hospital when attacked. Even the pope has his own doctors on standby. Clearly the pope doesn’t believe it either.

    Does the church ALSO publish a list of all members who have died, been injured or become ill – despite prayer ?

    If the church is so convinced of the power, then why did the people become sick in the first place ?

    I have never prayed, I have never had cancer – so can I claim that atheism prevents cancer ?

  4. March 1, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    I know of churches where people were prayed for and were healed of AIDS and cancer. So this is not a big problem. I believe if they have it then why dont they show it to the world? Someone else will get their healing

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