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.
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.