I find the idea of promoting the idea that, in order to better solve a problem, one should reduce there focus on the actual problem to be rather irresponsible
You know what, I never actually thought about it like that, simply because I know from experience (as well as the word) that God is bigger than my problems.
I know that may sound strange, dangerous or irresponsible to everyone on here, but it's been proven in my life time and time again.
Who decides what is literal, and what is not? It seems to me you decide. Which invalidates the Bible and makes it fiction
Difficult to discuss in general terms. Jesus spoke in images and stories many times. I don't know anyone who believes he became a loaf of bread when he said "I am the bread of life"
To me it's pretty clear when I read it, but it seems pretty hard to answer your question. Something I'll have to think about, how best to explain to people. Thanks
In my almost long life I've watched people pray for healings many dozens of times without noticeable results
I was asked to give examples of healings I've seen, not the failures. I too have experienced failure, including the death of people I'm praying for (although in every case so far, the doctors were surprised by the course of events, and the patients saw a certain amount of recovery). I'm sure I'm on the right track, but I've certainly not "made it" yet. As I've said, I haven't seen any amputees healed yet.
So you might think about extending your definition to cover situations where such reversals are not medically expected
Good point. Similarly to my response above to jdawg70, because I don't see anything as impossible for God, I sometimes forget the difference in medical terms.
No prayer was involved, just real serious chemo and radiation therapy and stuff
I hope no one on here has got the impression that I'm against the medical profession. With the state of the church at the moment it's a damn good job we have great scientists and doctors. Personally I wouldn't be alive without them, as I almost died when I was two, but I was saved by my neighbour who was a nurse.
Much further, by the way, then you will ever get it while participating here
This comment was what led me to decide to finish up here. Thanks for reminding me of what is important.
Do it enough, and all of us will become believers.
Thanks for your considered comment, I take what you've said seriously.
Not sure there's much to respond to there. Some people will insist there must be a natural explanation for everything. Like my unbelieving friend I mentioned. He still doesn't believe in God, he just believes that there must be something natural that science doesn't explain yet. I agree to a certain extent, obviously we are always discovering new things, but when you see this often enough, the options that deny God get less and less attractive.