Jesus’ healing & miracles and the power of belief

Jesus’ healing & miracles and the power of belief

Jesus’ healing & miracles and the power of belief

The following is Part Nine of an expanded transcript of a detailed and in-depth interview Patrick Wanis PhD Human Behavior Expert gave to Michele Morrisette with  about gurus, cults and brainwashing. Here Patrick Wanis explores the link between belief and healing – revealing that Jesus often first questioned people He was about to heal whether or not they believed he could heal them. Why? Click here for previous part of the interview, Part Eight:

Patrick Wanis: Mahendra Trivedi has been touted and marketed as a healer, with his marketing materials comparing him to Jesus Christ. His blog website claims that “Cancer is Curable Now with Trivedi Science” and claims that his “divine energy” can convert cancerous cells to non-cancerous cells:

Well, let’s go back to the person that has been recognized as the greatest healer of all time and that would be Jesus Christ.

If you carefully look at all the scriptures in the gospels of Jesus – and incidentally I’ve studied comparative religion. I wrote a small book called Finding God: Spiritual Strategies to Help You Find Happiness, Fulfillment and Inner Peace. So I have delved into this area. So I’m looking at it now from a different perspective, too, the behavioral perspective, the psychological perspective and even the spiritual perspective. But looking at it from an almost scientific perspective, you look at the scriptures, and the scriptures say Jesus could do no great works in his own hometown and it says he could do no great works there.

So Jesus, in his own hometown, couldn’t do any healing and couldn’t do any miracles. Why? Why would that be?

And then you go deeper in the scriptures; because the people in his own hometown saw him as a carpenter. They didn’t see him as the son of God. They didn’t see him as a miracle worker. They didn’t see him as someone who has supernatural powers from God.

So he could do no healing.

Now, please stay with me here, because the point will be made very soon.

Then, you look at the other scriptures, and in almost every case where Jesus performs a miracle and does a healing, he often asked, in almost every case, he would ask the question, before he would do the healing, “Do you believe I can do this?” Why would Jesus ask that question? Why did he ask people, “Do you believe I can do this?” And then they said “Yes” and then he would heal them. Does that mean he wouldn’t have healed them if they said he couldn’t?

And then, he couldn’t heal the people in his own hometown who didn’t believe in him.

What that’s saying is that the people’s beliefs play a big part in their healing; and at the end of their healing, Jesus would say something like, “And now your sins are forgiven”  or “according to your faith let it be done to you.”

Why did he say that?

Why did he say at the end of the healing or as part of the healing the closing words, “Now your sins are forgiven” or “

Was Jesus saying, that part of their physical illness was a result of their own mental, emotional state – their own state of consciousness?

That’s something to consider.

Finally, there’s another scripture where Jesus is about to heal, I think some blind people, or he was about to heal one or two people, and he says, “Don’t tell anyone that I’ve done this,” and the reason he says that is because he wants to get away, literally, to escape the crowd. He wants to get away and escape so he can pray and meditate, so he can regroup and reenergize. Read Matthew 9:27-31

I often use that scripture with my clients who are of religious background to say notice here that Jesus took time out for himself. Notice that Jesus said, you know what, I need to take care of myself. I need to say no occasionally.

But the greater implication in the scripture, of greater significance, is as Jesus is moving through the crowd and he’s running through the crowd, he’s trying to get away, he feels some energy being drawn out of his body.

He turns around, and he notices that a woman was grabbing at his robe because she had been bleeding for 12 years and wanted to be healed; the scripture goes on to say that she was healed. How was she healed? All she did was touch his robe. Jesus didn’t do a prayer. He didn’t do a meditation. He didn’t use the words, “Now I heal you.” He didn’t say, “Now your sins are forgiven.” He didn’t ask “Do you believe I can do this?” All it took was for her to touch him. Read Mark 5:21-34

But what is the significance of the touch?

It’s that she believed he could heal her. So she was saying, “So if I can just touch him, I will be healed.”

So who was really healing her? Was it her own belief?

So I’m saying to you and to the people listening now, for the people that have been healed as a result of the claimed blessings of the Mr. Trivedi, is he really doing the healing or are people healing themselves as a result of their own faith and their own belief in the ability and power of Mr. Trivedi? And I’ll answer that question or I will reinforce that point by using another example, what we call the placebo effect and I think everyone listening to this call has heard the term “placebo effect”.

Click here for Part 10 of the expanded transcript of the in-depth interview by Patrick Wanis PhD, Human Behavior Expert about gurus, cults and brainwashing; Patrick Wanis reveals how the placebo effect works and the extraordinary power of the mind & visualization to dramatically improve physical performance and health. Patrick Wanis cites one study where visualization improved sporting ability by the same percentage as actual physical daily practice:

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