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Should We Talk About Illiness

Why do some Christians say we should never talk about our illnesses? If we are ill and someone asks how we are, are we supposed to lie and say "I'm very well thank you."? Where does this teaching come from?

Moderator - That is the Word of Faith or Charismatic doctrine. That isn't mainstream doctrine.

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Paul knew Timothy was having stomach trouble and "infirmities".1 Timothy 5:23, Paul had his "thorn in the flesh" which some believe could have been an eye disease. II Cor 12:17
Luke is called the "Beloved Physician" Col 4:14
James says we are to call the elders of the chruch together to pray for us when we are sick James 5:14
We are not to lie Rev 21:8
All this seems to indicate contrary to what you are refering to.
---Bruce5656 on 11/23/07

we should not talk about our illnesses to the exclusionof everything else,but being deaf and disabled I know at times we need the support both prayernand physical,of other believers,if we don't tell them how thinhs are how are we going to get that support?We are supposed to be honest but must also give God praise in all things
---doree4573 on 4/25/07

Many Christian Scientists believe that God heals all manners of illnesses. They don't always believe in going to the doctor. So to dwell on our sickness shows lack of faith in trusting God to heal.
---joe on 4/25/07

The truth is that not everyone who asks really wants to know. To these, I'm always "fine". You usually know who wants an honest answer. I've had surgery, chemo and radiation for cancer over a couple of years. Recently, a couple at church asked me how I was. I started to say, "my cancer tests show I'm cancer free, now!" But after the words "my cancer.." they interrupted with "don't call Cancer YOURS!" So sometimes even when the news is good, you just can't win. :)
---Donna on 2/21/06

Basically, a christian should not lie and say they aren't sick, but the definitely claim the sickness. The bible says " Death and life are in the power of the tongue; " In other word sickness and healing are in the power of our tongue. So by confessing what the word says instead of how things look we are operating in faith. So when sickness comes do what Jesus said in Mark ll:23 and tell that moutain to be removed because of I Peter 2:24.
I hope this helps.
---Rickey on 12/6/05

Eloy, the Bible says, Say whats not, as though it is.
---a_friend on 11/8/05

It is superstition, that if you say it with your mouth then you'll empower whatever you say. It's akin to the false doctrine of "name it and claim it" or "blab it and grab it". But it's not true, because if you are indeed ill, and then you lie and say, "i am well" trying to counteract the illness, then you are not only ill but also delusional for deceiving yourself of the truth. Denial never saved anyone, but confessing the truth and seeking help does.
---Eloy on 11/8/05

Over the years, I've observed that when Christians get ahold of a new truth, we often take it to the extreme. I'm thinking of the "name-it-and-claim-it" concept, falling in the spirit, holy laughter, etc. It's almost as though when the Lord re-introduces such things to His body (they aren't new to Him) that we grab ahold with reckless abandon and run with them.
---DoryLory on 11/8/05

Just being real honest, I don't think this bothers God as much as it does certain Christians. Actually, I picture the Lord smiling from heaven at His silly children who enjoy Him and His Word so much that He just lets us run like this for a while before bringing us back into balance.
---DoryLory on 11/8/05

I agree that the "Word of Faith" or Charismatic groups are guilty of this but it doesn't mean we aren't teachable. God always seems to level us off after a while. It seems to me God would find it easier to work in the life of one who will follow him with reckless abandon than the one at the opposite end of the spectrum, who is stuck in a religious, legalistic rut, afraid to try anything new.
---DoryLory on 11/8/05

I remember this "thing" about "never acknowledging illness" going around in the 80's (15 years ago). While I live in Canada ... northern Canada, no less ... and therefore could be out of the loop, I don't see it happening anymore ... at least not nearly to the same degree. Not to fear, God is at work, bringing us into balance. There's always hope in Him ... Amen?
---DoryLory on 11/8/05

Act.10.34 "God does not show favoritism" To say He heals some and not others is contrary to this statement!You be the Judge,have you ever seen an "amputee" healed today?,a quadrapalegic? downs syndrome? C.P ? Someone who dead?(not just clinicaly) It's not happening today! Psychosomatic illnesses,yes!
---1st_cliff on 11/7/05

It is not honest to say you are fine, when you are sick. Sometimes we can wonder if the person really wants to know or is just being polite. If I thought the person sincerely cared, and would not tell me my illness is because of the devil or sin, then I may tell them. I find Christians can be more judgemental than caring. Then they wonder why I go to doctors for help.
---Ulrika on 11/7/05

Where are all the Scriptures which confirm the belief,sickness is from Satan?Sickness comes because as the Bible says;the rain falls on the just and unjust,because we are biological creatures and are not exempt from the diseases which come upon this earth or the accidents.To say sickness is from Satan is saying God lets Satan punish and torment His people on earth.Why would He?The prayer of faith will save the sick,even so God doesn't always heal.The steps of the righteous are directed by the Lord.
---Darlene_1 on 11/7/05

wes913 How would they know who to lay hands on if no-one is supposed to say that they are sick? That doesn't really make sense, does it?
---M.P. on 11/7/05

Darlene...God's will is to heal. Sickness is from Satan. Does God allow it? Sometimes. Jesus cast out demons and they accused his power to come from Satan, but that would be a house divided against itself which can't stand. In Mark it says these signs will follow those who believe...they shall cast out demons and they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall be healed.
---wes913 on 11/7/05

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Something which would really irritate me was when even dear and close ,Brothers or Sisters in Christ,would tell me not to claim the pain I was in or a sickness.I detest the name it and claim it Theology or turning it around don't claim it.If something is there you can't deny it's existance.It is faith and prayer which prompts God throuh love according to His will,to heal, not whether we claim something or ignore it.Good comes from God,not from mind over matter.Only God heals.
---Darlene_1 on 11/7/05

I have been told just the opposite - that when asked "How are you?" we should answer absolutely honestly and say what our health problems are. That way, the one asking knows what our prayer needs are. It would be pointless to enquire about someone else if we wanted a lie for an answer. How would we cope on a visit to the doctor if we couldn't tell him (confess!!) our health problems?
---M.A. on 11/7/05

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